Kottakkal is a town in the Mallapuram district in Kerala. It lies to the south-west of the district headquarters Mallappuram, which is at a distance of 12 km. Kottakkal, actually means ‘Land of the Fort’ in Malayalam. Kottakkal is famous for its Ayurvedic institutions established here. The total population of Kottakkal is 39,554 with males comprising of 19,027 and females 20,527 in number. The state capital Thiruvanathapuram is just 348 km way from Kottakkal.
Places to Stay
Rubi Residency (Tariff- Rs 500), Virad Hotel (Tariff- Rs 500) and AM Tourist Home (Tariff- Rs 1000) are some good options to stay here.
Malayalam and English are widely spoken languages in Kottakkal.
Kottakkal Poram, known as Malabar Elephant Festival, goes on for 7 days in the month of March-April in Vishwambara temple.
Places of Interest
Aryuvedic treatment centre in Kerala-Arya Vaidyashala, Tirur-famous Triankkandiyur Shiva Temple (19 km), Perinthalmanna (29 km)-cultural town, Pazhayangadi Mosque (18 km), Kadalundi-Bird Sanctuary (31 km), and Padinharekara (34 km) – a beach, are some noteworthy places to visit here.
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport (36 km) is the closest major airport to Kottakkal.
Tirur Railway Station (18 km) is the closest railway station to Kottakkal city.
Various bus operators such as Kallada Travels provide excellent bus services not only to Kottakkal Bus stand in Kottakkal but also to other neighbouring cities and towns. Avail of bus ticket booking discount coupons from Ticketgoose.com when you buy your tickets online.
One of the major trading centre in Kuzhithurai municipality, Marthandam is part of the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. The place is named after the erstwhile Travancore king Marthanda Varma. There is a famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Marthandam which is situated at the banks of Kuzhithurai River. There is also an ancient in this place called the Kotheshwaram temple.
Budget Hotels in Marthandam
There are good budget hotels in Ooty . Some of them are Sea View Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000), Vinayaga Inn (Tariff – Rs.1,500), New Cape Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) , Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000), and Vivekananda Kendra Rest House (Tariff – Rs.1550).
The official language of Marthandam is Tamil The other languages spoken include Malayalam, Hindi and English.
Events in Marthandam
Some of the famous festivals and events in Marthandam include Samivaravu (June) and Mahasivarathri (February).
Places to See in Marthandam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Marthandam. Some of the places include Lord Ayyappa temple ( 5 kms from Marthandam), St. Antony's church ( 1km from Ayyappa temple) Chitharal Jain Monuments ( 6 kms from bus stand), Vettuvenni temple (10 kms from Marthandam), Kotheshwaram temple (13 kms from bu stand) and Kurumbetti Bagavathi Amman Kovil (5 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Marthandam is the Trivandrum Airport. It is located about 49 kms away from this town.
Kulitthurai Railway Station is situated in Marthandam is known to be the second largest railway junction in Kanyakumari district.
There is a new bus station in the heart of the city. It is situated near vircode. There are buses plying to cities and districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. . Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Barathi Travels and Bethlehem Transports. You need not worry about travelling to bus counters anymore, as you can book online bus tickets through TicketGoose.com.