A town in the Kottayam district of Kerala, Changanassery is situated 146 km away from the state capital Trivandrum and 9 km from Thiruvalla. The town has a craft industry which was set up by the Syrians in the Christian era, which are well known for their embroidery and lace work varieties. It is also a
renowned centre for trade for the nearby districts.
Places to Stay
There are lot of deluxe and medium to budget hotels in Changanassery. Some of them are Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel, Lakshmi Hotels and resorts, Illikkalam Lake Resort, Hotel Arcadia (Tariff- Rs. 1000), Hotel Aida, and Subam Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official languages of Changanassery are Malayalam and English.
The important festivals of Changanassery are Ekadasi festival held on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight, Annual festival held in the month of February-March, Thiruvonam, and the Navaratri fest.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Changanassery. Some of the places include Vazhappally Temple (3 km), Syro-Malabar Catholic Church (57 km from Puthuppally), and Perunna Subramanya Swami temple (19 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Changanassery is the Kochi Airport. It is located about 89 km away from the town. Trivandrum International Airport is another airport 129 km away from the town.
The nearest major railway station is the Kottayam Railway Station (18 km). Other stations are Changanacheri Railway Station (2 km), Tiruvalla Railway Station (8 km), Chingavanam Railway Station (11 km).
There are daily bus services to Changanassery, Kochi, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, and Bangalore. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Kallada Travels, Akbar Travels, Asha travels, and MM travels. Ticketgoose.com offers several bus ticket booking discount from time to time, avail of it while buying your tickets online.
Thiruvalla is the largest town in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Well known as the temple town, it is renowned for its religious monuments, numerous temples and history. It also is the key to the gate of Sabarimala. Numerous pilgrims visit Thiruvalla during the festive season and the small town beams with the festive mood and festivals.
Places to Stay
Because of the heavy tourist rush, there are numerous hotels which are located at nearby distances from the railway station and bus stands. They are budget friendly and comfortable to be in.Hotel Panchami is located at a walk able distance from the station as well as bus station. (Tariff- RS 1000 per night) Hotel Voyage- (Tariff- 1000 Rs) - located at a distance of 1 km from the railway station. Besotta International Hotel (Tariff- Rs 1500 and above) -2.4 km s from the railway station.
The five-day youth festival of Mahatma Gandhi University Union, named as Sargodayam-2012’, hosted in Thiruvalla from February 29 to March 4 which consists of local music , dance, singing and all kind of cultural activities. Thiruvalla hosts the Onam festival every year consisting of grand elephants and a great meal.
The official language of Thiruvalla is malayalam. English is also spoken to some extent.
Places to Visit
Thiruvalla has a large percentage of Christian population and as a result there are various famous and most visited churches to visit. There are various places to see in Thiruvalla including theShri Vallabha Maha Kshetram or the Thiruvalla temple, the famous Palikkara Church, Niranam church and Parumala Church. It is also famous for the Kaviyoor Hanuman temple and Mahadev temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kochi airport which is around 86 kms away from the city of thiruvalla.
Trains from Thiruvall station are well connected to southern India and Western India. There are regular trains to, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram Ernakulam and Palakkad. The train fares are really cheap priced at 100-500, and thus needs to be booked in advance.
Bus is the most important means of transport and available to and from every location in and outside Kerala. Buses connect thiruvalla to the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kollam and Kannur. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.