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.
Cochin is the situated on the west coast of the Arabian Sea, is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala. It is often referred by another name Erankulam, which is a mainland part of the city. The city is most remembered for its backwaters, ancient Chinese fishing nets and famous churches. A splendid place, Cochin, now known as Kochi ,has always attracted many domestic and international travelers.
Budget Hotels in Cochin
There are good budget hotels in Cochin. Some of them are Rayas Group of Hotels (Tariff – Rs.1001), Indeco Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.501) and MIM Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Cochin is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Cochin
Some famous festivals and events of Cochin include the Siva temple festival (January) and Cochin Carnival (December)
Places to See in Cochin
There are several places of tourist attraction in Cochin. Some of the places include Chinese fishing nets (1km from Kochi bus stand.), Fort Kochi Beach (8km from Kochi city), St. Francis Church, Kochi (1.5km from Fort Kochi bus stand), Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry (5 Km from bus stand) and Museum of Kerala History, Edapally (10Kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport situated at Nedumbassery, is about 28kms from Kochi city. This is the first international airport in India to be established without Central government support.
There are two busy railway junctions in Kochi— Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. This railway line is well connected to major states and cities across the country. 128 scheduled train services operate daily from this junction.
There are more number of privately owned buses operate in the city when compared to state-owned bus services. Some of the major bus terminals are Ernakulam Town, Ernakulam Jetty, while the private bus terminal is situated at Kaloor. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include A1 Travels, Tippu Sultans Tavels abd Rathi Meena Travels. TicketGoose.com is a well-known online bus booking site of India where you can book bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations.