Kozhencherry, a lush green town on the banks of River Pamba, in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, draws multitudes of people for its Aranmula boat race. State Highway 10, Thiruvalla-Kumbazha Highway and Kozhencherry-Keekozhoor Road passes through this town. Some of the nearby cities are Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Mavelikkara and Chengannur.
Places to Stay
There are no hotel accommodations in Kozhencherry. Chengannur, which is around 13 km away, provides budget hotels. These Hotels are Hotel Santhi Palace (Tariff – Rs.701), Hotel Relax Inn (Tariff – Rs.579) and Hotel Village Inn (Tariff – Rs.876).
The languages spoken in Kozhencherry are Malayalam and English.
The important festivals in Kozhencherry are Maramon Convention and Cherukolpuzha Hindi Parishad in February, Vishu celebrated in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Kozhencherry. A few of these attractions are Maramon Convention (800 m), St. Thomas Marthoma Church (900 m), Keekozhoor (9 km), Aranmula (3 km), Immanuel Mar Thoma Church (10 km), Mallappally (16 km), Karingalichal Lake (28 km) and Charummoodu (32 km) away from Kozhencherry.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport, located 124 km away from Kozhencherry, is the nearest airport.
There is no railway station in Kozhencherry. The nearest railway station is in Chengannur, which is 13 km away from Kozhencherry.
There are various state-run and private buses that connect the town of Kozhencherry to neighbouring cities and states. Private bus operators such as SLS Tourist Club Class, SPS Travels, Shama Travels, Kerala Lines Travels and Angel Travels run Volvo A/C buses from Bangalore and Coimbatore to Kozhencherry. Avail of bus ticket discounts when you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com.
Known as the Steel City of South India, Salem is located at the base of the beautiful Yercaud hills. The place derived its name from the word Sailam meaning a place bound by mountains. Salem has captured a huge market for the manufacture of stainless steel and handlooms.
Place to Stay
There are several good budget hotels that are easy on your pocket. Some of good hotels are— Sri Durga Residency (Tariff –Rs 1,900), Park Plaza Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1000), Hotel Silver Palace (Tariff –Rs.1000 to 2000) and Hotel Hema Internationals (Tariff –Rs 500 to 1000).
Mariamman festival is celebrated during the month of july. This famous festival is celebrated for 15 days
Every festival in Salem is celebrated with vigor and enthusiasm.
Tamil is the main language spoken in the region.
Places to Visit
1008 Lingam Temple (10 kms from Salem), Poiman Karadu (9 km from Salem), Siddhar Temple (22 kms from Salem), Sugavaneshwarar Temple ( 1km from old bus stand)and Kurumpapatti Zoological Park (6km from Salem).
How to Get There
The airport is situated about 20kms away from the city. Salem Airport is positioned at Kaamalapuram. This airport which is constructed at the cost of 6 crore provides flight services for some districts of Tamil Nadu
Salem Junction railway station is located about 5 km from Salem. This is considered to be an important railway junction in the southern railway. Many direct trains halt and depart from Salem station.
Salem has two bus terminus called MGR central bus terminus and Town bus stand. MGR central bus terminus connects to all the states in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile the Town bus stand only serves for the local city. Bus operators that offer daily scheduled traveling services at lowest price include Hosanna Tours And Travels Pvt Ltd, S M S Travels and Tharai Travels and Parcels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.