Kodakara, a small temple town in Kerala’s Thrissur district, is located on the Salem-Kochi-Kanyakumari Highway. When Tippu Sultan came to this region the temple treasures were hidden for fear of the sultan taking it all away. Some of its nearby cities include Chalakudy, Irinjalakuda, Guruvayoor and Ashtamichira.
Places to Stay
Kodakara provides good budget hotels in the town. A few of these hotels are Premier Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs.482), Quality Hotel (Tariff – Rs.745) and Hotel Kottaram Residency (Tariff – Rs.863).
The official language spoken here is Malayalam.
The important festivals in Kodakara are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing areas around Kodakara. These places include Kurumali River (15 km), Kallayi Padam (17 km), Nattika Beach (31 km), Chalakudy (9 km) and Kanakamala (11 km) away from Kodakara.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, being 29 km away from Kodakara.
There is no railway station in Kodakara. The nearest railway station is the Nellayi Railway Station situated around 5 km away from Kodakara.
The town of Kodakara is well connected by a wide network of buses travelling to nearby cities and states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Sharma Gold Class run Volvo buses from Bangalore and Coimbatore to Kodakara. If you don’t have the time to go to a counter, book bus tickets online with just the click of a mouse.
A hillside village situated in the God’s Own country, Aryankavu is a small village in Kollam district of Kerala. Situated about 73 km east of Kollam, it is one of the most important pilgrim centres of the district. The Western Ghats pass through this village which is also connected by the National Highway 208 near Punalur and Thenmala. Aryankavu is famous for its Ayyappan (Sastha) temple. This temple is one among the five most important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala.
Place to Stay
There are many budget hotels in the village. Some of them are KTDC Golden Peak (Tariff - Rs.1800), Green Valley Hotel, Apichayan's Cliff Resort, etc.
The official language spoken is Malayalam. English is also quite popular in this village.
The most important event in this village is the festival at the Ayyappan temple is celebrated during the last days of the Sabarimala Mandala Kalam in April.
Place of Interest
The Palaruvi Falls, located in the forest 5 km away from Aryankavu vehicle check post is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions. The Kadamanpara sandal forest is the second largest natural sandal forest after Marayoor. Rose mala (11.8 km away from Aryankavu Junction) is one of the eco tourism spots.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport 89 km away.
Kollam district is well connected via the rail route. There are trains to Aryankavu on a regular basis.
Some of the nearest bus stations are at Thiruvanandapuram, Shornur, Pondichery, etc. You can make use of online bus ticket booking offers which is made available by travel websites. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.