Kottarakkara, a town in Kerala’s Kollam district, is well connected by road as well as rail. The Kollam-Thirumangalam Highway and State Highway 1, passes through this town. Earlier known as Quilon, this was once a trading hub in the medieval times and also became famous for its Kathakali dance. Kottarakkara is well known for its 700-year old Marthoma Church and a Ganesha temple.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels available in Kottarakkara. These include Shine Lodge (Tariff – Rs.277), Hotel Malankara (Tariff – Rs.373) and Hotel Vrindhavanam Inn (Tariff – Rs.836).
The official language spoken in Kottarakkara is Malayalam.
The festivals celebrated in Kottarakkara are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
There are numerous sightseeing destinations in and around the town of Kottarakkara. Some of these tourist attractions are St George Orthodox Church (17 km), Mar Thoma Church (800 m), Mahadevar Temple Chira (500 m), Ashtamudi Lake (20 km), Neendakara Fishing Harbour (34 km), Kollam Port (28 km), Prakkulam (25 km), Kollam Beach (28 km), Paravur Lake (28 km) and Kappil Beach (35 km) away from Kottarakkara.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport, which is 69 km away from Kottarakkara.
Kottarakara Railway Station is within a radius of 750-m from the main Kottarakara town.
There is a wide network of buses travelling to and fro surrounding cities and states connecting the bus station of Kottarakara. There are private bus operators such as Kallada Travels, Diya Travels, Atlas Travels and Rukma Travels that run comfortable Volvo A/C buses for the comfort of the passengers from Bangalore and Chennai to Kottarakara. Ticketgoose.com is a popular bus booking site from where you can get your tickets easily.