Pala also known as Palai, is a municipal town 27 kms east of Kottayam in the state of Kerala. It is situated 173 kms north from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, on the banks of the Meenachil river. Pala is one of the main gateways to the southern high ranges of Western Ghats. A majority of the population in Pala are farmers and businessmen. The main cultivation in Pala is rubber, pepper, coconut and tapioca.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Pala are Hotel Maharani (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000), Blue Moon Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs. 1000), Hotel Rajadhani (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs.1000), and Sangham Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs.1000).
Malayalam is the official language of Pala.
Jubilee Festival is celebrated every year on the 8th of December in Pala.
Places to Visit
The main attraction of Pala is the shrine Kurisupally, in the name of St. Mary and Pala Diocese. Other attractions are the 11 temples in Pala municipality. Among them Lalam Mahadeva temple is the most famous. It is also called Dakshina Kasi (Kasi of South). Kadappattor Mahadeva temple is also a popular Hindu temple in this region. This temple is situated on the bank of Meenachil river. Thousands of pilgrims visit the Kadappattoor temple every year, on their way to Sabarimala.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pala is the Kochi International Airport, Nedumbassery (75 kms).
The nearest major railway station to Pala is the Kottayam Railway Station (27 kms).
The town of Pala is well connected to all the major places in south India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good a experience for passengers traveling to Pala include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), SPS Travels India and Atlas Travels. You can get discount coupons for bus booking if you plan to book your bus tickets at least a fortnight prior to your journey.