Vazhakulam in Kerala’s Ernakulam district has earned the sobriquet of Pineapple City, as it is full of pineapple gardens. It has also emerged as the largest pineapple market in Asia. The city also houses a Pineapple Research Station that aids farmers in research. Vazhakulam is located on the Muvattupuzha-Thodupuzha Road.
Places to Stay
In terms of hotels, Vazhakulam does not have many options. However, tourists can stay in Ernakulam, which is 25 km from here. Some of the budget hotels include Adams Woodhouse (Tariff –Rs.750), AV Residency (Tariff –Rs.911), and Arshatheeram Tourist Zone (Tariff –Rs.997).
Malayalam and English are the official languages of Vazhakulam.
Vishu in April and Onam in August-September and Christmas are the most important festivals celebrated in this city.
Places of Interest
There are a number of places worth visiting in and around the city. Some of them include Pudussery Kalari Bhagavathi temple, Holy Family Church and Carmel Monastery within the city. Other places include Memadangu (27 km) and Avoly (31 km).
How to Get There
About 23 km from Vazhakulam is the Cochin Airport, which is the closest to the city.
The major rail head connecting this city is in Ernakulam, located about 25 km from here.
Buses ply regularly from Ernakulam, Kozikode, Bangalore, Hosur, Kasarkode, Kollur, Mangalore and Udupi. Sri Durgamba Travels and Kallada Travels cater to the passengers travelling on this route. You can get discounted bus tickets to popular tourist destinations through a number of online bus booking portals.