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.
Pamba is a village in the Ranni taluk in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. It is located 12 kms towards north from the district head quarters Pathanamthitta and 116 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Pamba is the main halting point for the pilgrims on their way to Sabarimala. It gets its name from the Pamba River. This place is also called Thriveni Sangam as it is the meeting point of three rivers.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in Kottayam (94 kms), Chengannur (88 kms) and Thiruvalla (88 kms). Some of the budget hotels in Thiruvalla are Hotel Ashok International (Tariff Rs. 400 to Rs. 1200), Hotel Elite Continental (Tariff Rs.600 – Rs.1750) and Hotel Aryaas Park (Tariff Rs. 750 to Rs. 1200).
Malayalam is the official language in Pamba.
The popular events in Pamba are the Boat race, the Maramon Convention and Makara Vilakku (January / February).
Places to Interest
Tourist places in and around Pamba are Sabrimala Temple, Pandalam, Peruthenaruvi Waterfalls and Aranmulla. Another major attraction in Pamba is the training session of the elephants.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pamba is the Trivandrum airport (92 kms).
The nearest railway station to Pamba is the Chengannur railway station (25 kms).Kottayam railway station is the nearest major railway station (41 kms) to Pamba.
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation runs special bus services from Thiruvananthapuram to Pamba during the Sabrimala festival. Ticketgoose.com offers a wide variety of choices for bus booking anywhere in India.