Formerly known as Parur, Paravur is the headquarters of the Paravur Taluk in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Considered as the gateway to the Malabar region, North Paravur is a northern suburb of Kochi City. The town is situated at the north end of Ernakulam district, on the borders of Thrissur district. The town, which was once well-known for traditional industries like coir, handlooms and agriculture, has now become a major residential suburb of Kochi. The coastal highway NH-66 Panvel-Kanyakumari (NH-17 Kochi – Mumbai) passes through North Paravur.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in North Paravoor. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Four Seasons Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 629), Bright Heritage (Tariff-Rs. 1600) and Elite Palazzo (Tariff-Rs. 1980).
Annual festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. Some of the other celebrations include the Dhukrana of the Saint Gregorios Abdul Jaleel (23rd to 27 April) at St. Thomas Church, St. Antony Feast (May 12th) and celebration of Sacred Heart of Jesus (June) and the Moothakunam temple fest.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Peruvaram Mahadeva Temple, Kannankulangara Sreekrishna Temple, St. Thomas Church and Paravur Juma Masjid are located next to the bus stand.
How to Get There
The Kochi Airport which is about 152km from this place is the nearest airport to Paravoor.
The nearest railway station is at Aluva
Paravur bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels runs regular buses to and from the town. If you are travelling long distance by a Volvo bus you will have a comfortable journey with ample leg space.