Kazhakootam, an area in Thiruvananthapuram, became popular after the Technopark and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre set up its base near this locality. This region is also famous for its Sainik School that was opened by the Government of India in the early 1960s.The Mahadeva Temple, in the vicinity of Kazhakootam, is said to be 1,000 years old.
Places to Stay
Kazhakootam provides comfortable budget hotels and homestay for tourists in this region. The hotels here are Hotel Ya Ali (Tariff – Rs.765), Sree Krishna Lodge (Tariff – Rs.295), Nandanam Homestay (Tariff – Rs.579) and Hotel Chinnus (Tariff – Rs.491).
The official language spoken in Kazhakootam is Malayalam.
The most important festivals celebrated in Kazhakootam are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions around this locality. These include St Andrew’s Beach (4 km), Menamkulam (2 km), Aswathy Garden (3 km), St. Ignatius Church (4 km), St. Andrews Church (4 km), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (5 km), Shangumugham Beach (14 km), Napier Museum (14 km), Sree Mahadeva Temple (37 km) and Beemapally Mosque, 17 km away from Kazhakootam.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport, which is situated 13 km away from Kazhakootam.
Kazhakootam Railway Station is located 2 km away from the main city.
Kazhakootam is well connected through a wide network of buses from nearby cities and towns. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Galaxy Xpress run Volvo A/C buses from Chennai, Ernakulam and Thrissur to Kazhakootam. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.
Anantapur is located in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. Also, known for receiving the second least rainfall in the country, after Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, it is a part of the Rayalaseema region of the state. It is well known for its sports facilities with stadiums available for cricket as well as tennis in the form of the Anantapuram Sports Village.
Budget Hotels in Anantapur
There are good budget hotels in Anantapur. Some of these are the Hotel Sapthagiri (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Amravathi (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Hotel Swagath (Tariff – Rs. 400). All the three are located close to the Anantapur railway station.
Telugu is the official language. Other major languages spoken in this area are; English, Kannada and Urdu.
Events in Anantapur
The Kotappakonda Temple Fair, held on the day of Mahashivratri, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam held for five days during Mahashivratri and the Durgamma Festival where the buffalos are worshipped are some of the major events celebrated in Anantapur.
Places to See in Anantapur
Places like Pennahobhilam (30km), Dharmavaram (20 km) and Cheruvu Katta (7km) are some of the places known for their historical significance.
How to Get There
The closest international airport to Anantapur is the airport at Bengaluru which is at a distance of 190 km. The closest domestic airport is Puttaparthi (70 km).
Anantapur has its own railway station whish is located in the city centre and is well connected on the south central railway.
Veera Travels and Kallada Travels are some of the operators plying buses to Anantapur and they also offer discounted bus tickets. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.