Areekode is a small village in the Malappuram district of Kerala. The village is known as the ‘Mecca of Football’ for the area’s craze for football. It is believed that the name Areekode is derived from the Malayalam word Aruvikkode, which means the side of a river. The Chaliyar river is believed to have given rise to the settlement in the village. Located in the heart of the Malabar coast, the place has its own unique Muslim culture which is different from much of North India. The Malabar Biryani is a must-try dish of the area.
Places to Stay
Since, Areekode is a village, one will have to weigh in the options of other towns and cities when it comes to the issue of staying. Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Malappuram, the district headquarters located at a distance of 37 km. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Motel Araam - Kuttipuram (Tariff – Rs. 500), Swagath Inn (Tariff – Rs. 900), Ruby Residency (Tariff- Rs. 600) and Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000).
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals celebrated are the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Vishu in April, Onam in August-September and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in Malappuram are the Malappuram Juma Masjid, a very old mosque of its kind in the state, the Thiruppuranthaka Temple, Mannoor Shiva Temple, Kothakkunnu (known as the Marine Drive of Malappuram) and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kozhikode International Airport at a distance of 20 km.
Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 36 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Areekode to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. However, the village is mostly catered to by state-run buses. Utilising a bus ticket booking coupon can save your money when you buy your tickets.
Ernakulum is the most urban part of Kochi city. Considered to be the commercial hub of Kerala, Ernakulum is a cosmopolitan compared to the other cities in Kerala. This city is known for its well developed Airport and International port.
Budget Hotels in Ernakulam
There are good budget hotels in Ernakulum. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Ernakulum is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Ernakulam
Some famous festivals and events of Ernakulum include the Pineapple Fest Festival (January), Athachamayam and Ernakulam Shiva Temple Festival (January ).
Places to See in Ernakulam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Ernakulam. Some of the places include Santa Cruz Cathedral (16kms from Ernakulam Town Railway Station), Cherai Beach, Kochi (25kms from Kochi), Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary (3 Km from Ernakulam Junction)
How to Get There
Cochin Airport is said to be the first airport that established the public private partnership. A lot of NRIs from 30 countries have invested on the airport. The Airport is located on the National Highway- 47 (NH-47) at Athany and NH-17 at Angamaly. This airport handles 9 domestic flight and 17 international flights.
Ernakulam railway station is the busiest railway station. Located at Kochi it is well connected to major cities in India. It is said to be the largest railway station among the other two stations in the city which are Ernakulam North and Aluva railway station. The other large railway station in Kochi city is the Ernakulam Town Railway Station.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) provides interstate, intercity and local bus services. Some of the bus stands are Kaloor Private Bus Terminal, Eloor North Bus Stand, Thripunitura Old Bus Stand, Murickens bus stop and Cheranalloor Ferry Bus Stand. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.