A town and taluk in Kollam District of Kerala, Kottarakkara lies on National Highway 208/220. Located 27kms east of Kollam and 18kms west of Punalur city, this town is famous for being the place of origin, Kerala’s unique dance drama Kathakali. Considered the main place for the Malankara Orthodox Christians, Kottarakkara has many notable educational institutions and a great number of notable places of worship.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kottarakkara. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Motel Araam and Highland Hotel & Resorts that offer rooms from Rs.700-1000 onwards.
The annual Kottarakara Convention is held by the MarThoma Churches of Trivandrum and Kollam Diocese in last week of January. And St.Michael’s feast, which falls on September 29th, is celebrated in a grand scale in this town.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Sree Manikanteswara Mahadeva Temple, the centuries old Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram, Kizhakketheruvu Orthodox Valiyapalli, Kottarakara Mar Thoma Pally and a mosque are located in the heart of the town within a kilometre of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram
Kottarakkara has its own railway station
Kottarakara bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels and A1 Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus ticket booking has caught up with travelers across India.
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is the popular tourist destination in India as the Backwaters of this place is considered to be the major attraction in Kerala. This beautiful place which is surrounded by backwaters, beaches, lakes, lagoons and canals is also described as the “Venice of the East". This place is also known to be the popular honeymoon destination for newlyweds. This place earlier was the busiest trade centers during the 18th century.
Budget Hotels in Alleppey
There are good budget hotels in Alleppey. Some of them are Pagoda Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1517), Pozhiyoram Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.1,500), Ananda Beach Home (Tariff – Rs.1800) and Ashtamudi Homestay (Tariff –800).
The official language of Alleppey is Malayalam. The other languages include Hindi, English and Tamil.
Events in Alleppey
The Important Festivals of Alleppey is the Chettikulangara Bharani(Feburary).
Places to See in Alleppey
There are several places of tourist attraction in Alleppey. Some of the places include Alleppey Beach (2 kms from Alleppey) Houseboats(1 kms from Alleppey) St Andrew's Church (1 kms from Alleppey), Pathiramannal (13 kms from Alleppey), and Backwaters, Kumarakom(20 kms from Alleppey),
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Alleppey is the Cochin International Airport and Trivandrum airport. Cochin airport is about 75 kms away from this town.
Alleppey is well connected to major cities of Kerala. There are regular trains to Cochin and Trivandrum.
KSRTC buses connects to all the major cities and districts of Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kallada Travels, Abi & Abi Express Travels and Sudha Travels-MSP Bus. Get Volvo bus ticket booking to anywhere in India by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website.