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.
Kayamkulam is a popular town in Kollam district of the state of Kerala. The nearest major urban agglomeration, Alappuzha, lies at a distance of 48 km north-west on the Arabian Sea coast. Kayamkulam itself is a coastal town, famous for Kayamkulam Kochunni – a 19th Century local Robin Hood. Temple and food enthusiasts will also find this place interesting.
Places to Stay
One is forced to venture into Alappuzha for lodging as options of budget hotels are pretty limited in the village. There are a couple of good budget hotels in Alappuzha. Some of the options which are worth a try are Arcadia Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Ashtamudi Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 500), The Green Palace Health Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Alleppey Lake Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The two most important places to visit from a tourist’s perspective are the Krishnapuram Palace and Kayamkulam Lake. Azhikkal beach is another attraction. Alappuzha also has lots of places to visit such as the backwaters, Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Arthunkal Basilica, Haripad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple, Edathua Church, Krishnapuram Palace and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 107 km.
Alleppey Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 48 km.
State transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Kallada Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from Kollam as well as Alappuzha. Volvo bus booking through bus booking websites like TicketGoose.com is very convenient.