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.
Kurnool a city that is part of the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra River and is the seventh most populated city in the state. The other rivers that flow through the city are Hundri and Neeva. Historically and architecturally rich, the place has a number of ancient temples, churches and mosque that attracts hordes of tourists.
Places to Stay
As the city attracts tourists across the year there are a wide variety of accommodation options available for tourists. Some of the places to stay are the Haritha Srisailam, Hotel Rajavihar Deluxe and The Mourya Inn, which offer rooms forRs.700 onwards.
All festivals are celebrated in this city.
Telugu is the language that is spoken predominantly; while Hindi and English is also common.
Places to Visit
Rich is history, Kurnool has a lot to offer tourists. Places to visit include the Ketavaram rock paintings, Jurreru Valley, Katavani Kunta and Yaganti, which dates back to 35,000 to 40,000 years. Fort Konda Reddy, Belum Caves, Orvakal Rock Formations, Naganandilingam-Nandyal, several ancient Hindu temples and 52 Dargahs are some of the places that lures tourists to this city every year. All these places are located at a distance of about 10-15kms from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kurnool city is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, at Hyderabad, which is about three and half hours’ drive from the city.
Kurnool district has four railway stations; they are Kurnool city, Adoni, Nandyal and Dhone junction.
Kurnool has the third largest bus station in Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad and Vijayawada. There are also many private bus operators such as Reddy Express Tours & Travels, Meghana Travels, Omer Travels, Geepee Travels that offers travel options to different destintaions in and out of Kurnool. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.