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.
A hillside village situated in the God’s Own country, Aryankavu is a small village in Kollam district of Kerala. Situated about 73 km east of Kollam, it is one of the most important pilgrim centres of the district. The Western Ghats pass through this village which is also connected by the National Highway 208 near Punalur and Thenmala. Aryankavu is famous for its Ayyappan (Sastha) temple. This temple is one among the five most important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala.
Place to Stay
There are many budget hotels in the village. Some of them are KTDC Golden Peak (Tariff - Rs.1800), Green Valley Hotel, Apichayan's Cliff Resort, etc.
The official language spoken is Malayalam. English is also quite popular in this village.
The most important event in this village is the festival at the Ayyappan temple is celebrated during the last days of the Sabarimala Mandala Kalam in April.
Place of Interest
The Palaruvi Falls, located in the forest 5 km away from Aryankavu vehicle check post is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions. The Kadamanpara sandal forest is the second largest natural sandal forest after Marayoor. Rose mala (11.8 km away from Aryankavu Junction) is one of the eco tourism spots.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport 89 km away.
Kollam district is well connected via the rail route. There are trains to Aryankavu on a regular basis.
Some of the nearest bus stations are at Thiruvanandapuram, Shornur, Pondichery, etc. You can make use of online bus ticket booking offers which is made available by travel websites. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.