Kalamassery is a suburb of Kochi, an urban hub in the South Indian state of Kerala. There are a number of fertilizers and chemical industries in this place due to which a companies have also been flagging in this area. By virtue of its location close to an estuary and the sea, the air carries a lot of humidity. Those with a desire to try out temples, beaches and South Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kalamassery that are suitable for budget travelers; some of the options include the Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Chandrika Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900), MIK Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900) and YMC Youth centre (Tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
Kochi Festival is celebrated in Fort Kochi is the last ten days of December. Kochi Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held after every two years between November-January. Some of the other important festivals of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Malayalam is the local language spoken in. English is a commonly used language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Kalamassery are the Museum of Kerala History, St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church, and St. Pious Church along with many other temples and churches all within a 20 km radious.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is 19 km away, with many international and domestic flights plying to and fro.
Ernakulum Junction and Ernakulum Town are the two main railway stations which are well connected to Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, and Calicut and are located at distances of 14 and 10 km respectively.
Buses from all the major cities of Kerala are available for the area. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
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.