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.
Nagercoil is located in Tamil Nadu. It is also the district headquarters of Kanyakumari district. Renowned for its e- governance system, it was merged into the state of Tamil Nadu in 1956, before which it was a part of the royal state of Travancore. It is a highly prosperous town considering a majority of its population are non-resident Indians (NRIs).
Budget Hotels in Nagercoil
There are good budget hotels in Nagercoil. Some of them are Hotel Sri Maniya (Tariff – Rs. 950 and 0.5 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station), Hotel J.S. Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 400 and 2 km from Nagarcoil Railway Station), and Hotel Cape Residency (Tariff – Rs. 924 and 19 km from Nagarcoil Railway Station).
Tamil is the official language. English is also spoken along with Malayalam in certain parts.
Events in Nagercoil
Pongal is the most important festival that is celebrated among the Tamil community all through the state. The other major festival celebrated here is the Malayalee New Year,'Onam'.
Places to See in Nagercoil
The Udayagiri Fort (15 km from Nagercoil station), Padmanabhapuram Palace (14 km from Nagercoil station) and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial (18 km from Nagercoil station) are some of the places of interest.
How to Get There
The airport closest to Nagercoil is Trivandrum Airport (57 km).
Nagercoil has its own railway station and is well connected to different parts of the country.
Online booking of bus tickets has certainly made life easier for travellers. Operators like Tippu Sultan Travels and Kallada Tours & Travels ply their buses to Nagercoil. To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.