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.
A town in Alappuzha District, Kerala, Haripad is located between Alappuzha and Kollam on National Highway 47. Situated close to the Arabian Sea, the town connects Mavelikkara and Thrikkunnappuzha. There are more twenty Hindu temples in and around the surrounding regions.The first Sri Ramakrishna Ashram in the state was established at Pilapuzha in Haripad. The town is considered the land of the ‘Mayura Sandesa’ (land of snake boats) and music, dance and drama.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels available to stay in Haripad. Tourists visiting the place can stay The Esquire Inn Hotel and Kalpakavadi Inn (Tariff Rs. 500-Rs. 1000).
The annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
The scenic Pallipad village (3.8 kms), Karimpalil palace (1km), Veeyapuram (6kms), Karichal (4kms), Vilakkumaram (a Light Pole- .5kms) and Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple (1km) are places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport (97.19 Kms)
Haripad has its own railway station
Haripad Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Anjali Travels, A1 Travels KPN Travels and Atlas Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Ticketgoose.com is one of the most popular bus booking sites from where you any book your tickets to anywhere in India.