Karunagappally, a coastal city in Kerala’s Kollam district, is famous for its house boat facilities in Alumkadavu. The yearly Sree Narayana Trophy boat race in Kannety River is also held here. Cottage and Small scale Industries help fund the economy of this region. Karunagappally lies on the border of Alappuzha and Kollam.
Places to Stay
There are homestays and hotels available in Karunagappally for reasonable prices. These include The Vijaya Palace (Tariff – Rs.787), Vanajolsana Homestay (Tariff – Rs.657), Hotel Shah International (Tariff – Rs.607) and Kollam Beach Retreat (Tariff – Rs.364).
The official language spoken in Karunagappally is Malayalam.
The most celebrated festivals in Karunagappally are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions around Karunagappally such as beaches, backwaters and temples. These are located in Alappadu (5 km), Padanayar Kulangara Temple Pond (600 m), Idakulangara Sree Devi Temple Chira (3 km), Kollam (27 km), Ashtamudi (35 km) and Chavara, 9 km away from this city.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport, which is located 92 km away from Karunagappally.
Karunagappally Railway Station is situated 2 km from the main city centre and connects the city to nearby states.
Karunagappally is well connected to nearby cities and states through a network of buses. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Sona Travels run luxurious Volvo A/C buses to Karunagappally from Salem and Coimbatore. Ticketgoose.com is a popular bus booking site from where you can get your tickets easily.
Named after Kasaragod Town, Kasargod, the northernmost district of Kerala is famous across the world for its coir and handloom industries. With a coastline of nearly 30kms, Kasargod is endowed with nine rivers and is well-known for its forts, rivers, hillocks, beaches and shrines. NH-66, which forms the backbone of Kerala’s road network enters Kerala via Talapady of Kasargod district.
Places to Stay
There are many affordable hotels in the district such as Apsara Regency (Tariff- Rs.500 onwards), Chandralayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs.1500 onwards), City Tower Hotel (Tariff- Rs.600 onwards).
The local festivals include Kumbala Bedi Utsava, and Moodappaseva, celebrated in the Madhur Temple. And Bootha kola is a spiritual act performed in Kasargod.
As many as seven different languages are spoken here excluding the local dialects and tribal languages. The languages spoken include Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu, Beary bashe (spoken by the Tuluva-Malayalee Muslims) and Konkani. Besides these, Marathi, Hindi, Havyaka Kannada and Urdu are also spoken here.
Places to visit
The places to see near this scenic beach town are the Bekal Fort, the biggest fort in Kerala (15kms), the Ananthapura Lake Temple, the Mallikarjuna Temple. The Mallik Deenar Mosque (3kms) is one of the first masjids in India built during the period of the prophet Muhammad by swahabi 'Malik-ibn-Deenar'. The Bela Church, built in 1890, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows Church, is located 14kms north of Kasaragod.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport, which is located at a distance of 50kms.
Kasaragod Railway Station is a major railway station that serves the Kasaragod Town in the Kasaragod District of Kerala.
Kasargod Bus Station is situated in the heart of Kasargod town, 3km away from the Kasargod Railway Station. The popular bus operators in the area include Sri Durgamba Travels, Kallada Travels and Ganesh Travels & Tours. Opt for online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of discounts.