Dharmapuri is a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is located near the border of neighbouring state of Karnataka to the west. The nearest major urban agglomeration is Bangalore, at a distance of 142 km to the north-west. Temple and cuisine-lovers can visit this place.
Places to Stay
The best place to stay in the region for the night is Bangalore city. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many places to visit in the area. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Thowheeth Mosque, Ahle hadees Pallivasal, Hogenakkal Falls (46 km away), Adhiyamankottai (named after the ancient Thahadoor rulers – the Adhiyamans who made it their capital in ancient times), Mount Carmel Church and others.
How to Get There
The Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore is the nearest airport at a distance of 178 km.
Dharmapuri has a railway station connects this town by a network of rails to cities like Kannur, Tuticorin, Coimbatore to name a few.
There are regular buses to Dharmapuri from Bangalore and Krishnagiri. Parveen Travels is a popular bus operator in the area. State-run buses are also available. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.
Pampady is a small town and a taluk in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is located 16 kms towards east from the district head quarters Kottayam and 145 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram towards the south. National highway 220 passes through the heart of Pampady. Pampady lies midway between the serene backwaters of western Kerala and the misty mountains of Western Ghats. It is situated in the river banks of Nila (Bharatapuzha).
Places to Stay
Some of the few budget hotels in Pampady are Sangam Hotel (Tariff Rs. 300 to Rs. 500), Dhalia Hotel (Tariff Rs. 300 to Rs. 500), and Dhanya Hotel (Tariff Rs. 300 to Rs. 500).
The official language of Pampady is Malayalam.
Pampady Pakalpooram festival (July), Kumbha Kudam festival of Cheruvalli Kavu temple (March), The Parakkottu Kavu Thalappoli (last Sunday of the Malayalam month of Medam), Ayyappan Vilakku (January) and Pampady Dayara (August) are some of the festivals celebrated in Pampady.
Places to Visit
The famous Cheruvallikavu Devi Temple is located in Pampady village. Other temples to see are the Alampally Sreekrishnaswamy temple, and Chennampally Gandharvasamy temple. Pampady is also home to the. St. Thomas Church and Dayara Chapel. Kottayam (15 kms), Kumarakom (27 kms), Vagamon (62 kms), Alleppey (50 kms), Kuttanad (55 kms) are the near by important tourist destinations.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pampady is at Kochi (60 kms).
Kottayam Railway station is the nearest major railway station (14 kms) to Pampady.
Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers travelling to Pampady include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), Sona Travels. Utilising a bus ticket booking coupon can save your money when you buy your tickets.