A town in the district of Alappuzha in Kerala,Cherthalais located on the Kochi-Alappuzha National Highway NH 47. A beautiful coastal town, the eastern borders of the town has the serene backwaters of Lake Vembanad. The town has the best white silica sand in Asia, similar to the one found in Hawaii.Cherthala is famous for its hi-tech designer Coir mats. The town is located 30kms south of Kochi and 22kms north of Alappuzha town.
Places to Stay
Cherthala has a great number of hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand. Keerthi Regency offers rooms for Rs.800 onwards.
Annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
The Karthyayani Devi temple, located opposite the bus stand, the Muttathu Thirumala Devaswam temple and Muttom St. Mary's church (1.5kms, Sree Mutharamman Kovil (2kms), the famous Sri Dhanwanthari (1.5kms) and the Arthunkal Baslica(8kms) are the places of interest in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport (50kms)
Cherthala has its own railway station
Cherthala Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Kallada Travels, SRM Transports and Sona Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Numerous travel websites provide discount coupons for bus booking frequently to their customers.
Kollam is an old port town which is situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is well known for its rich store of cashew nut, spice and the famous Ashtamudi Lake which is the second largest in Kerala. Kollam was once the capital of Venad.
Budget Hotels in Kollam
Nani hotels and resorts- (Tariff- from Rs 1500 onwards) merely 1.5 kms from bus stand.Hotel Sea Pearl (Tariff- Rs 1470) this is at a 15 minutes walking distance from Railway Station Hotel Raj residency- (Rs 1000 onwards) Walking distance from Kollam railway station
Events in Kollam
Kollam hosts a number of events throughout the year. Starting from the Kollam Pooram which is one of the most colourful ten days festivals in Kerala, it is followed by Parippalli Gajamela which is again 10 days annual festival of the Kodimoottil Sree Bhagavathi Temple; this is celebrated in the month of February and March. The procession is completed by decorated elephants and women in traditional attire holding lighted lamps.
The official language of Kollam is Malayalam.
Places to See in Kollam
Kollam is surrounded by a number of famous places often visited by tourists. The famous Ashtamudi backwater is well known for its picturesque beauty and is the second largest lake in Kerala. Other places to visit in Kollam includes Ashramam Picnic village, the Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Thangasseri which was once a Portuguese establishment, Kollam Beach & Thirumullavaram Beach, Munroe Island, Puthenkulam Elephant Village, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kollam is the Trivandrum Airport which has numerous direct flights to international cities like Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Qatar, Sharjah and many more. It is also connected with all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
The Kollam railway station is 1 Km from City centres and is well connected to all major South Indian cities.
There are frequent buses available to Kollam from Trivandrum, Cochin and Alleppey. Get the best bus ticket booking offer on Ticketgoose.com.