Looking for clean air and relaxation? Head to Erattupetta, a small picturesque town in the South Indian state of Kerala. Set near the foothills of the hills with Idukki in its midst, Erattupetta is a peaceful village with a harmonious religious composition. The town is a part of the Kottayam district. The nearest major urban agglomerations are Kottayam and Kochi at the distances of 39 km and 90 km respectively.
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
Apart from the Idukki Wildlife sanctuary located at a distance of 50 km, places worth visiting are less in the village. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Kochi are the city’s backwaters, Marine Drive, Fort Kochi, Hill Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Kanjiramattom Masjid and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 82 km.
The close by railway station is the Kottayam Railway Station at a distance of 40 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 as well as Kottayam. The online bus ticket booking facility at Ticketgoose.com can save you a lot of time and energy.