A hillside village situated in the God’s Own country, Aryankavu is a small village in Kollam district of Kerala. Situated about 73 km east of Kollam, it is one of the most important pilgrim centres of the district. The Western Ghats pass through this village which is also connected by the National Highway 208 near Punalur and Thenmala. Aryankavu is famous for its Ayyappan (Sastha) temple. This temple is one among the five most important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala.
Place to Stay
There are many budget hotels in the village. Some of them are KTDC Golden Peak (Tariff - Rs.1800), Green Valley Hotel, Apichayan's Cliff Resort, etc.
The official language spoken is Malayalam. English is also quite popular in this village.
The most important event in this village is the festival at the Ayyappan temple is celebrated during the last days of the Sabarimala Mandala Kalam in April.
Place of Interest
The Palaruvi Falls, located in the forest 5 km away from Aryankavu vehicle check post is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions. The Kadamanpara sandal forest is the second largest natural sandal forest after Marayoor. Rose mala (11.8 km away from Aryankavu Junction) is one of the eco tourism spots.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport 89 km away.
Kollam district is well connected via the rail route. There are trains to Aryankavu on a regular basis.
Some of the nearest bus stations are at Thiruvanandapuram, Shornur, Pondichery, etc. You can make use of online bus ticket booking offers which is made available by travel websites. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.
A small town in Palakkad district of Kerala, Alathur is located about 285 Kms away from capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. This town consist of 111 Villages and 9 Panchayats. It is well connected with roads as this town is situated along the Coimbatore-Cochin national highway NH 47.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Alathur. Some of them are Hotel Central Avenue (Tariff – Rs1.500), Pranav Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Royal Omars Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Hotel Sky Pearl (Tariff –1000).
The official language of Alathur is Malayalam .
The Important Festivals of Alathur is Maha Shivratri (February).
Places to Visit
There are several places of tourist attraction in Alathur. Some of the places include Parakkattu Kavu (4 kms from Alathur) 50 Feet Sreekovil(8 kms from Alathur) Mala Alathur (10 kms from Alathur), Balikkallu(11 kms from Alathur), Sree Hanuman(6 kms from Alathur) and Sopanam(6 kms from Alathur),
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Alathur is the Cochin International Airport. It is about 86 kms from this town.
There is no railway station in Alathur Taluk. The nearest railway station is the Palakkad Rail Way Statio. It is about 22 kms away from this place.
There are regular buses available from Alathur to other major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kallada Travels, Abi & Abi Express Travels and Sudha Travels-MSP Bus. There are quite a few online bus booking sites from where you can book your tickets to anywhere in India.