Badagara, also Vatakara, is a small town in the Malabar region of the South Indian state of Kerala. It is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, from where passers-by can stop and enjoy the magnificent view of the sunset. During the British Raj, this town was a part of the North Malabar province of Madras. Earlier, the area was inhabited by the indigenous Kurumbrar. Propagators of the traditional Malayalam martial art – the Kalaripayyattu are also known to reside in large numbers in this area.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Kannur (56 km). Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Malabar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Pranav Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Kamalalayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs. 1,000), Sky Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) among others.
The official language of Vatakara is Malayalam. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals celebrated are the fasting Islamic month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Vishu in April, Onam in August-September and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Being close to the Arabian Sea coast, the region does not run short of tourist places. Virtually anywhere you stop on the coast is a tourist spot. Some of the other places in Kannur which deserve special mention are St. Angelo’s Fort built by the Portuguese, the Thalassery Fort built by the British, the Ezhimala historical site established by the British, the Moppila Bay and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport at a distance of 75 km.
The Kannur Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 45 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Vatakara to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. Bus booking in India is a huge rage these days, especially with bus booking portals like TicketGoose.com.