Kothamangalam is a city in the state of Kerala. It comes under the Ernakulam District. Kothamangalam is surrounded by Pampakuda Taluk, Thodupuzha Taluk and Muvattupuzha Taluk down south and Koovappady Taluk in the west. Due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal, humidity is high here. Some of the nearby cities are Muvattupuzha, Perumbavoor and Thodupuzha. It is at a distance of 220 km from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.
Places to Stay
Kothamangalam doesn’t have many lodging facilities. The only hotel known is Hotel Maria International (Tariff - Rs. 1000). The nearest place to find more lodging facility is Muvattupuzha, 12 km away.
The official language of the city is Malayalam. The natives can also understand and speak Tamil, English and Hindi.
The natives of the city celebrate Navarathri, Deepawali and Ram Navmi with great enthusiasm and passion.
Places of Interest
Kothamangalam is famous for ancient Syrian churches. Also it is situated close to many tourist destinations such as Valpari (20 km), Kalady (27 km), Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (38 km), Idukki (49 km) and Kochi (49 km) away.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Kothamangalam is the Kochi airport, 32 km away.
Kothamangalam neither has its own railway station nor is any station available at a radius of 10 km. Some of the nearest railway stations are of Chowara (33 km), Alwaye (35 km), Angamail (35 km) and Kurikad (37 km) away.
Kothamangalam has its own bus station which connects it to major cities such as Bangalore and Ernakulam. The tour operators of the area are SPS Travels India and Atlas Travels. The buses available are on a regular basis. Booking bus tickets online from several bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com is very convenient.
Thrissur – Trichur is the most famous cultural capital of Kerala. This city is located 300kms (186 mi) north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city is built on a 65-acre (hillock) called the Thekkinkadu Maidan. Thrissur is well known for its religious shrines, which include Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnathan temple and Paramekkavu temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours. Thrissur is also one of the main stopovers for pilgrims travelling to the famous Guruvayur Temple.
Budget Hotels in Thrissur
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Thrissur. Some of them are KTDC Tamarind Thrissur (Tariff – Rs1,500), Hotel Grand Park Regency ( (Tariff – Rs.1, 283), Mannapuram Hotels Pvt Ltd (Tariff – Rs 750) and Hotel Deliza Residency (Tariff – Rs.900).
The official language of Thrissur is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Thrissur
Some famous festivals and events of Thrissur include Uthralikavu Pooram (Febuary) , Peruvanam Pooram (March) and Thrissur Pooram (April).
Places to See in Thrissur
There are several places of tourist attraction in Thrissur. Some of the places include Arattupuzha Temple (2kms away Thevar Road Bus Stop), Bible Tower (1 kms from bus stand), Guruvayur Temple (29km from KSRTC bus stand), Lourdes Cathedral( 5.2 kms from bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest International Airport is the Cochin International Airport (55kms) and the Coimbatore International Airport.
Thrissur railway is considered to be one of the busiest railway stations in Kerala. The railway line is located on the Shoranur – Cochin Harbour section. There are nearly three satellite station, Poonkunnam railway station Ollur railway station and Mulankunnathukavu railway station in Thrissur city.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is one of the most important bus stations in the city. There are three bus stations in Thrissur, which include the Shaktan Thampuran Private Bus Stand, Thrissur in Sakthan Thampuran Nagar, the Vadakke Stand and the Thrissur KSRTC Bus Station. The bus station provides inter-state and also local city bus service. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Akbar Travels, Canara Pinto Travels and Gulf Wing Travels. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.