Koratty, a Christian pilgrimage town that attracts multitudes of pilgrims from across the world, is located in Kerala’s Thrissur district. This town is famous for its Koratty Muthy Shrine, which is dedicated to Mother Mary. This shrine is also known as Lourdes of Kerala. Koratty lies on the border of Ernakulam and Thrissur.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodations facilities in Koratty. Chalakudy, which is 7 km away from Koratty, run decent budget hotels. Some of these hotels are Premier Tourist House (Tariff – Rs.482), Quality Hotel (Tariff – Rs.745) and Watergate Homestay (Tariff – Rs.828).
The official language spoken here is Malayalam.
The most celebrated festivals in Koratty are Vishu in April, Onam in September, Koratty Muthy in October and Christmas during December.
Places of Interest
There are many places of interest in Koratty; they include churches, temples and beaches. The tourist attractions here are St. Mary's Forane Church (550 m), Mathampilly Vamana Murthy Temple (21 km), Cherai Beach (32 km), Munakkal Beach (30 km), Munambam Mini Harbour (30 km) and Kodungallur (23 km).
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport, which is around 16 km away from Koratty, is the nearest airport from this town.
The Koratty Railway Station is within a kilometer from the main town centre.
Koratty is frequented by buses that run to and fro neighbouring cities and states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Nellippilly Travels have daily buses from Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Coimbatore to Koratty. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.
A Municipality in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Oddanchatram lies on the highway between Madurai-Coimbatore and Dindigul-Palani. Located at the base of the Western Ghats, Oddanchatram has the largest vegetable market, ‘Gandhi Market’, in the state which exports vegetables to other states and cities. Other than vegetables, the town is also famous for its milk products such as ghee and buttermilk. The cattle market that gathers right outside this town on every Friday is visited by people across the region.
Budget Hotels in Ottanchathiram
There are many hotels in Ottanchathiram. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Aryaas, Naagar Hotel, Best Nagar hotel and Selvam Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Tamil is the Local Language.
Events in Ottanchathiram
All annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The Margazhi(Tamil month)Thiruvizha at the Sowdamman Temple is popular in the region.
Places to See in Ottanchathiram
Dindigul Fort, (25kms), Sirumalai Hill Station (50kms) and Parapalaaru Dam (14.5Kms) are places to visit near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Ottanchathiram has its own Railway Station.
Ottanchathiram Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like SRS Travels, Porkalam Travels, SRM Transports and Joy Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.