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.
Villupuram (also called as Viluppuram and Vizhupuram) is one of the 30 districts of Tamil Nadu. It serves as the district headquarters of Villupuram. This district came into existence on 30 September 1993 when it was formed from the South Arcot district. Villupuram is the 2nd largest district in the Tamil Nadu state. Many tourists visit Villupuram to discover many attractive places.
Places to Stay
Many hotels nearby are Balaji Lodge (Tariff – Rs. Rs. 300), Hotel Meenakshi A/c Boarding & Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1200), Hotel V.V.A.Boarding (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1200), Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000).
Tamil is the local language in Villupuram.
Major festivals include 10 days Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam (May–June), Maha Shivrathri (February–March) and Tirukarthikai (November–December).
Places of Interest
The region has many historical tourist attractions like temple of King Mahendra Verma Pallava, Sathru Malleshwara Alayam, Veedur Dam, Gomuki Dam, Megam Falls and Periyar Falls, Auroville, Thiruvamathur, Mailam, Perumpakkam (8 km from Viluppuram), Siruvanthadu (15 km from Viluppuram), Koovagam (nearby), Gingee Fort, Marakanam Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Pondicherry, located at a distance of over 40 km from Villupuram.
Villupuram railway station is the major railway station which is well connected to major destinations all over the country.
NH 45 connects the town from major cities of Chennai to Dindigul via Tiruchirapalli. There are frequent bus services to this town. Few of the best private bus travels include KPN Travels, KVN Transport. Log on to bus ticket online booking sites like Ticketgoose and book your tickets without any hassle.