Kodungallur, a coastal city in Kerala’s Thrissur district, is said to have been named from Kodi-linga-puram, meaning land of ten million Siva lingas. Those of you looking for a break from the bustling city can head to this city, where St. Thomas is said to have landed and started seven churches in the vicinity. Earlier, this region used to be a great seaport. There are many beaches to visit apart from the church and temples.
Places to Stay
There are no hotel accommodation facilities in Kodungallur. However, travellers to this city can book rooms in Chalakudy, which is 24 km away. Some of the hotels found here are Premier Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs.482), Quality Hotel (Tariff – Rs.745) and Hotel Kottaram Residency (Tariff – Rs.863).
The official language spoken in Kodungallur is Malayalam.
The important festivals here are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Kodungallur has many tourist destinations in and around its city. Some of these places are Cheraman Juma Masjid and Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple about a kilometer from Kodungallur, Cranganore Fort (4 km), Anapuzha Canal (3 km), Munnakal Beach (8 km) and Sathar Island (7 km) away from Kodungallur.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, which is 30 km away from Kodungallur.
There is no railway station in Kodungallur. The nearest railway station is the Irinjalakkuda Railway Station, which is around 25 km away from this city.
Kodungallur is frequented by state-run and private buses from neighbouring cities and states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels run luxurious Volvo A/C buses from Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai to Kodungallur. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.