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
It is the largest pilgrimage centre in the world situated in a forest reserve that has 45-50 million devotees visiting every year. Sabarimala is a famous hill temple of Lord Ayyappa located in district Pathanamthitta of Kerala. Sabarimala gained immense repute when Hindu god Ayyappan successfully killed the Mahishi demoness. What subsequently came up was the Ayyappan Temple surrounded by 18 hills. Strictly for men devotees, the Sabarimala pilgrimage period starts mid-November and lasts till mid-January every year.
Places to Stay
Highrange Residency, Kumily (Tariff – Rs. 1035 onwards) and Dean Dale Cottages, Thekaddy (Tariff – Rs. 1279 onwards) are some hotels located close to Sabarimala.
The official language of Sabarimala is Malayalam. Another language spoken is English.
Sabarimala festival is celebrated every year during the months between November and January.
Places of Interest
Apart from the famous Ayyappa temple, there are many other temples situated close to Sabarimala. Some of them are Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple and Chakkulathukavu Temple in Thiruvalla.
How to Get There
The two nearest airports to Sabarimala are Cochin International Airport (160 km away) and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (170 km away).
The two nearest railway stations to Sabarimala are Chengannur (82 km away) and Kottayam (120 km away).
Sabarimala is well-connected to most places in South India such as Trivandrum, Kochi, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Kochi Tours & Travels and Dream Kerala Holidays are some bus operators running buses between major cities and Sabarimala at affordable prices. Ticketgoose.com enables its customers to get cheap bus tickets online.