Chengannur is a small town in the South Indian state of Kerala, also known as “God’s Own Country”. It is located in the Alappuzha district. The town is a major must-visit place for Sabarimala pilgrims. Tiruvalla is a big city nearby, located at a distance of 9 km. Another major town nearby is Adoor at a distance of 25 km.
Places to Stay
Adoor is abundant with affordable hotels. Some of the options which you can check in to are Central Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.700), Sree Valsam Residency (Tariff – Rs.1,000) and Adoor Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 300).
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Chengannur is well-known for its Shiva Temple and the Old Syrian Church. Some of the interesting temples worth a visit in Adoor are Sree Parthasarathy Temple, the Trichennamangalam Mahadevar Temple in Peringanadu (3 km from Adoor), the Sreenarayanapuram Temple in Manakala (4 km away from Adoor) and Punthalaveetil temple in Pazhakulam (6 km away from Adoor).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram at a distance of 114 km.
The town has its own railway station in the form of the Chengannur Railway Station. A major railway station nearby is the Thiruvalla Railway Station (35 km away).
The area is easily accessible to other parts of Kerala through state transport buses as well as private buses. Book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com and make use of its bus ticket offer.
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.