Kayamkulam is a popular town in Kollam district of the state of Kerala. The nearest major urban agglomeration, Alappuzha, lies at a distance of 48 km north-west on the Arabian Sea coast. Kayamkulam itself is a coastal town, famous for Kayamkulam Kochunni – a 19th Century local Robin Hood. Temple and food enthusiasts will also find this place interesting.
Places to Stay
One is forced to venture into Alappuzha for lodging as options of budget hotels are pretty limited in the village. There are a couple of good budget hotels in Alappuzha. Some of the options which are worth a try are Arcadia Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Ashtamudi Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 500), The Green Palace Health Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Alleppey Lake Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The two most important places to visit from a tourist’s perspective are the Krishnapuram Palace and Kayamkulam Lake. Azhikkal beach is another attraction. Alappuzha also has lots of places to visit such as the backwaters, Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Arthunkal Basilica, Haripad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple, Edathua Church, Krishnapuram Palace and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 107 km.
Alleppey Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 48 km.
State transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Kallada Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from Kollam as well as Alappuzha. Volvo bus booking through bus booking websites like TicketGoose.com is very convenient.
A small town in Palakkad district of Kerala, Alathur is located about 285 Kms away from capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. This town consist of 111 Villages and 9 Panchayats. It is well connected with roads as this town is situated along the Coimbatore-Cochin national highway NH 47.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Alathur. Some of them are Hotel Central Avenue (Tariff – Rs1.500), Pranav Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Royal Omars Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Hotel Sky Pearl (Tariff –1000).
The official language of Alathur is Malayalam .
The Important Festivals of Alathur is Maha Shivratri (February).
Places to Visit
There are several places of tourist attraction in Alathur. Some of the places include Parakkattu Kavu (4 kms from Alathur) 50 Feet Sreekovil(8 kms from Alathur) Mala Alathur (10 kms from Alathur), Balikkallu(11 kms from Alathur), Sree Hanuman(6 kms from Alathur) and Sopanam(6 kms from Alathur),
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Alathur is the Cochin International Airport. It is about 86 kms from this town.
There is no railway station in Alathur Taluk. The nearest railway station is the Palakkad Rail Way Statio. It is about 22 kms away from this place.
There are regular buses available from Alathur to other major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kallada Travels, Abi & Abi Express Travels and Sudha Travels-MSP Bus. There are quite a few online bus booking sites from where you can book your tickets to anywhere in India.