Chottanikkara is a village located in the South Indian state of Kerala. The village is a part of the Ernakulam district. It can be rightly described as a suburb of the twin cities of Kochi and Ernakulam, which are just half an hour away. Therefore, there are a lot of attractions for tourists in and around the village.
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
The most notable site for which the village is known in the state is the Chottanikkara temple. Its wooden architectural style, known as Vishwakarma Sthapathi, makes it stand apart from the rest and can be compared only to Sabarimala. The deity worshipped at this temple is Chottanikkara Devi, who is venerated in various forms – Saraswati in early hours of the day, Lakshmi at mid-day and Durga in the evening.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
The close by railway station is the Ernakulam South Railway Station at a distance of 14 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. TicketGoose.com offers discount coupons for bus booking to all its customers.