Kottakkal is a town in the Mallapuram district in Kerala. It lies to the south-west of the district headquarters Mallappuram, which is at a distance of 12 km. Kottakkal, actually means ‘Land of the Fort’ in Malayalam. Kottakkal is famous for its Ayurvedic institutions established here. The total population of Kottakkal is 39,554 with males comprising of 19,027 and females 20,527 in number. The state capital Thiruvanathapuram is just 348 km way from Kottakkal.
Places to Stay
Rubi Residency (Tariff- Rs 500), Virad Hotel (Tariff- Rs 500) and AM Tourist Home (Tariff- Rs 1000) are some good options to stay here.
Malayalam and English are widely spoken languages in Kottakkal.
Kottakkal Poram, known as Malabar Elephant Festival, goes on for 7 days in the month of March-April in Vishwambara temple.
Places of Interest
Aryuvedic treatment centre in Kerala-Arya Vaidyashala, Tirur-famous Triankkandiyur Shiva Temple (19 km), Perinthalmanna (29 km)-cultural town, Pazhayangadi Mosque (18 km), Kadalundi-Bird Sanctuary (31 km), and Padinharekara (34 km) – a beach, are some noteworthy places to visit here.
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport (36 km) is the closest major airport to Kottakkal.
Tirur Railway Station (18 km) is the closest railway station to Kottakkal city.
Various bus operators such as Kallada Travels provide excellent bus services not only to Kottakkal Bus stand in Kottakkal but also to other neighbouring cities and towns. Avail of bus ticket booking discount coupons from Ticketgoose.com when you buy your tickets online.
Kalamassery is a suburb of Kochi, an urban hub in the South Indian state of Kerala. There are a number of fertilizers and chemical industries in this place due to which a companies have also been flagging in this area. By virtue of its location close to an estuary and the sea, the air carries a lot of humidity. Those with a desire to try out temples, beaches and South Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kalamassery that are suitable for budget travelers; some of the options include the Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Chandrika Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900), MIK Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900) and YMC Youth centre (Tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
Kochi Festival is celebrated in Fort Kochi is the last ten days of December. Kochi Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held after every two years between November-January. Some of the other important festivals of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Malayalam is the local language spoken in. English is a commonly used language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Kalamassery are the Museum of Kerala History, St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church, and St. Pious Church along with many other temples and churches all within a 20 km radious.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is 19 km away, with many international and domestic flights plying to and fro.
Ernakulum Junction and Ernakulum Town are the two main railway stations which are well connected to Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, and Calicut and are located at distances of 14 and 10 km respectively.
Buses from all the major cities of Kerala are available for the area. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.