Formerly a French colony, Mahé, which now comes under the Mahé district of the Union Territory of Puducherry, which is on the east coast, is surrounded by Kannur and Calicut District of Kerala. Also known as Mayyazhi, Maheis famous for the St. Teresa's Church, which brings in people from Singapore, Sri Lanka and England every year during the annual festival. Tourism is the main source of income for the people living here.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Mahe. Tourists visiting the place can stay Hotel Safair, Hotel Jaypees and Hotel Rajeev that offers rooms starting from Rs.700 onwards.
The major festival in this region is Vishu and Christmas. The annual festival held at St. Teresa's Church from October 5th to 22nd brings in pilgrims from across the globe.
The major languages are Malayalam, Tamil and French.
Places to Visit
The MahéPalli (Mahé Church), Sree krishna temple and Sree Kurumba Bagavathi Temple are located in the heart of town is a famous pilgrimage centre of Mahe.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Calicut (85kms)
Mahe has its own railway station
Kovukkal Bus Stop, Mahe Railway Station Bus Stop, Mahe Police Station Bus Stop, New Mahe Bus Stop, Mammimukku Bus Stop, MahePaalam Bus Stop and KallayiChungam Bus Stoprun regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Blessy Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Through bus booking offers you can get a lot of discount while booking your tickets
Parassala is a small and yet busy town that is situated in southern Kerala. This picturesque town lies on the Tamil Nadu and is home to people of various communities. As it is situated on the border, the town provides means of employment to people from both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The town of Parassala gained more popularity after the success of Prof. Parassala B. Ponnammal. She was the first female singer in the Navarathri Mandapam of Thiruvananthapuram.
Places to Stay
Parassala is home to a few budget-friendly hotels like Sea ‘N’ Sun Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.950), White House Beach (Tariff- Rs. 817) and Hotel Volga Palace (Tariff-Rs.600.)
The most commonly spoken languages in this town are Tamil and Malayalam. A majority of the people here are bilingual.
Some of the most popular events in this region are Vishu in April and Onam in August/September.
Places of Interest
Some of the main attractions in Parassala include the Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple in Neduvanvila (1.7 km) and the Parassala Sree Mahadeva temple (1 km.) Abbs Memorial Church (1.7 km) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport which is approximately 30 minutes away from Parassala.
Parassala is well-connected to Madurai and Kanyakumari (among others.) The Parassala railway station is the nearest and is 2 km away from the bus stand.
There are a large number of buses that travel to and from the Prassala bus station. These buses connect the town of Parassala to cities that lie nearby like Martandam, Mathicode and Mekkamandapam. Kallada Travels and Lily Travels are some of the top operators on these routes. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.