Chalakudy is a town in the South Indian state of Kerala. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Kochi at a distance of 54 km south. Those who love South Indian temples, cuisine, the lush green fields and beaches must visit this place. Trekkers and wild-life lovers can also check out the Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary at a distance of 42 km north-east.
Places to Stay
Due to lack of proper lodging facilities in the village, one will have to move to Kochi in order to stay. Some of the budget hotels worth trying are Ceylon Bake House (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Aiswarya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Ale’s Residency (Tariff – Rs. 675), and Seas Tower (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) among others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English and Tamil are also spoken and understood.
The main events of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth a visit in Chalakudy are Chalakudy river, Sholayar Dam, Athirappilly Water Falls, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Mary's Forane Church and others. One can also head to Kochi and enjoy the picturesque Arabian Sea.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 20 km.
The close-by railway station is the Ernakulam Junction Railway Station at a distance of 49 km.
Usually state transport buses ply on routes connecting Kochi to other cities in the region. Among private operators, Kallada Travels has a fairly good presence. Buses to the area are available from Kochi. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.
A town and taluk in Kollam District of Kerala, Kottarakkara lies on National Highway 208/220. Located 27kms east of Kollam and 18kms west of Punalur city, this town is famous for being the place of origin, Kerala’s unique dance drama Kathakali. Considered the main place for the Malankara Orthodox Christians, Kottarakkara has many notable educational institutions and a great number of notable places of worship.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kottarakkara. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Motel Araam and Highland Hotel & Resorts that offer rooms from Rs.700-1000 onwards.
The annual Kottarakara Convention is held by the MarThoma Churches of Trivandrum and Kollam Diocese in last week of January. And St.Michael’s feast, which falls on September 29th, is celebrated in a grand scale in this town.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Sree Manikanteswara Mahadeva Temple, the centuries old Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram, Kizhakketheruvu Orthodox Valiyapalli, Kottarakara Mar Thoma Pally and a mosque are located in the heart of the town within a kilometre of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram
Kottarakkara has its own railway station
Kottarakara bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels and A1 Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus ticket booking has caught up with travelers across India.