Kodakara, a small temple town in Kerala’s Thrissur district, is located on the Salem-Kochi-Kanyakumari Highway. When Tippu Sultan came to this region the temple treasures were hidden for fear of the sultan taking it all away. Some of its nearby cities include Chalakudy, Irinjalakuda, Guruvayoor and Ashtamichira.
Places to Stay
Kodakara provides good budget hotels in the town. A few of these hotels are Premier Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs.482), Quality Hotel (Tariff – Rs.745) and Hotel Kottaram Residency (Tariff – Rs.863).
The official language spoken here is Malayalam.
The important festivals in Kodakara are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing areas around Kodakara. These places include Kurumali River (15 km), Kallayi Padam (17 km), Nattika Beach (31 km), Chalakudy (9 km) and Kanakamala (11 km) away from Kodakara.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, being 29 km away from Kodakara.
There is no railway station in Kodakara. The nearest railway station is the Nellayi Railway Station situated around 5 km away from Kodakara.
The town of Kodakara is well connected by a wide network of buses travelling to nearby cities and states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Sharma Gold Class run Volvo buses from Bangalore and Coimbatore to Kodakara. If you don’t have the time to go to a counter, book bus tickets online with just the click of a mouse.
Previously called Palghat, Palakkad town happens to be the seventh most populated place in the state of Kerala. It serves as the gateway to Kerala and is blessed with many rivers and tributaries. There are several schools, colleges, temples and churches found here. According to the 2011 census, the average literacy rate in Palakkad is around 81%. The place is well connected by rail, road and air. The Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway 213 passes through this district.
Budget Hotels in Palakkad
There are good budget hotels in Palakkad. Some of these are the Surya City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), The Kududs Emerald (Tariff – Rs. 750 onwards), Kairali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Kapilavasthu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Palakkad is Malayalam. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi and Tamil.
Events in Palakkad
The important events in Palakkad are Chittur Konanpada,held in February/March, Pavakkoothuin March/April and Kalpathi Rathotsavam in November.
Places to See in Palakkad
There are several tourist attractions in and around Palakkad. Some of these places include Jainmedu (2.5 km), Malampuzha Garden (10 km), Fantasy Park (10 km), Malampuzha Dam (12 km), Palakkad Fort (13 km), Thiruvalathoor temple (10 km) and Dhoni Hills (21.8 km.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is approximately 62 km away.
Palakkad Junction is the nearest railway station which is centrally located, just 4 km away from the main city.
There are bus services to Palakkadfrom Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kallada Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sona Travels. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.