A hillside village situated in the God’s Own country, Aryankavu is a small village in Kollam district of Kerala. Situated about 73 km east of Kollam, it is one of the most important pilgrim centres of the district. The Western Ghats pass through this village which is also connected by the National Highway 208 near Punalur and Thenmala. Aryankavu is famous for its Ayyappan (Sastha) temple. This temple is one among the five most important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala.
Place to Stay
There are many budget hotels in the village. Some of them are KTDC Golden Peak (Tariff - Rs.1800), Green Valley Hotel, Apichayan's Cliff Resort, etc.
The official language spoken is Malayalam. English is also quite popular in this village.
The most important event in this village is the festival at the Ayyappan temple is celebrated during the last days of the Sabarimala Mandala Kalam in April.
Place of Interest
The Palaruvi Falls, located in the forest 5 km away from Aryankavu vehicle check post is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions. The Kadamanpara sandal forest is the second largest natural sandal forest after Marayoor. Rose mala (11.8 km away from Aryankavu Junction) is one of the eco tourism spots.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport 89 km away.
Kollam district is well connected via the rail route. There are trains to Aryankavu on a regular basis.
Some of the nearest bus stations are at Thiruvanandapuram, Shornur, Pondichery, etc. You can make use of online bus ticket booking offers which is made available by travel websites. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.
Dharmapuri is a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is located near the border of neighbouring state of Karnataka to the west. The nearest major urban agglomeration is Bangalore, at a distance of 142 km to the north-west. Temple and cuisine-lovers can visit this place.
Places to Stay
The best place to stay in the region for the night is Bangalore city. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many places to visit in the area. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Thowheeth Mosque, Ahle hadees Pallivasal, Hogenakkal Falls (46 km away), Adhiyamankottai (named after the ancient Thahadoor rulers – the Adhiyamans who made it their capital in ancient times), Mount Carmel Church and others.
How to Get There
The Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore is the nearest airport at a distance of 178 km.
Dharmapuri has a railway station connects this town by a network of rails to cities like Kannur, Tuticorin, Coimbatore to name a few.
There are regular buses to Dharmapuri from Bangalore and Krishnagiri. Parveen Travels is a popular bus operator in the area. State-run buses are also available. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.