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.
Named after Kasaragod Town, Kasargod, the northernmost district of Kerala is famous across the world for its coir and handloom industries. With a coastline of nearly 30kms, Kasargod is endowed with nine rivers and is well-known for its forts, rivers, hillocks, beaches and shrines. NH-66, which forms the backbone of Kerala’s road network enters Kerala via Talapady of Kasargod district.
Places to Stay
There are many affordable hotels in the district such as Apsara Regency (Tariff- Rs.500 onwards), Chandralayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs.1500 onwards), City Tower Hotel (Tariff- Rs.600 onwards).
The local festivals include Kumbala Bedi Utsava, and Moodappaseva, celebrated in the Madhur Temple. And Bootha kola is a spiritual act performed in Kasargod.
As many as seven different languages are spoken here excluding the local dialects and tribal languages. The languages spoken include Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu, Beary bashe (spoken by the Tuluva-Malayalee Muslims) and Konkani. Besides these, Marathi, Hindi, Havyaka Kannada and Urdu are also spoken here.
Places to visit
The places to see near this scenic beach town are the Bekal Fort, the biggest fort in Kerala (15kms), the Ananthapura Lake Temple, the Mallikarjuna Temple. The Mallik Deenar Mosque (3kms) is one of the first masjids in India built during the period of the prophet Muhammad by swahabi 'Malik-ibn-Deenar'. The Bela Church, built in 1890, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows Church, is located 14kms north of Kasaragod.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport, which is located at a distance of 50kms.
Kasaragod Railway Station is a major railway station that serves the Kasaragod Town in the Kasaragod District of Kerala.
Kasargod Bus Station is situated in the heart of Kasargod town, 3km away from the Kasargod Railway Station. The popular bus operators in the area include Sri Durgamba Travels, Kallada Travels and Ganesh Travels & Tours. Opt for online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of discounts.