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.
Nagercoil is located in Tamil Nadu. It is also the district headquarters of Kanyakumari district. Renowned for its e- governance system, it was merged into the state of Tamil Nadu in 1956, before which it was a part of the royal state of Travancore. It is a highly prosperous town considering a majority of its population are non-resident Indians (NRIs).
Budget Hotels in Nagercoil
There are good budget hotels in Nagercoil. Some of them are Hotel Sri Maniya (Tariff – Rs. 950 and 0.5 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station), Hotel J.S. Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 400 and 2 km from Nagarcoil Railway Station), and Hotel Cape Residency (Tariff – Rs. 924 and 19 km from Nagarcoil Railway Station).
Tamil is the official language. English is also spoken along with Malayalam in certain parts.
Events in Nagercoil
Pongal is the most important festival that is celebrated among the Tamil community all through the state. The other major festival celebrated here is the Malayalee New Year,'Onam'.
Places to See in Nagercoil
The Udayagiri Fort (15 km from Nagercoil station), Padmanabhapuram Palace (14 km from Nagercoil station) and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial (18 km from Nagercoil station) are some of the places of interest.
How to Get There
The airport closest to Nagercoil is Trivandrum Airport (57 km).
Nagercoil has its own railway station and is well connected to different parts of the country.
Online booking of bus tickets has certainly made life easier for travellers. Operators like Tippu Sultan Travels and Kallada Tours & Travels ply their buses to Nagercoil. To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.