Mannuthy is an area in the third largest city of Kerala, Thrissur. The city is often referred to as the ‘cultural centre of Kerala’. It is said that the Abrahamic religions of Juadaism, Christianity and Islam entered the Indian subcontinent through this district. Enthusiasts of architecture, culture, beaches and cuisine should definitely try this city out.
Places to Stay
Thrissur has a wide range of budget hotels to offer tourists. Some of the options which are worth trying out are Pearl Regency Hotel (tariff – Rs. 700), Elite International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Mannapuram Hotel (tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Pathans Residential (tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English and Tamil are also spoken and understood.
The main events of the area are Thrissur Pooram festival in April/May, Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth a visit in the city are Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur Pooram, Puli Kali, Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and others. One can also head to the coast and enjoy the picturesque sunset over the Arabian Sea.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport in Kochi at a distance of 49 km.
The close-by railway station is the Thrissur Railway Station at a distance of 8 km.
Usually state transport buses ply on routes connecting the city to other cities in the region. Among private operators, Kallada Travels has a fairly good presence. Buses to the area are available from all cities.To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.
Previously called Palghat, Palakkad town happens to be the seventh most populated place in the state of Kerala. It serves as the gateway to Kerala and is blessed with many rivers and tributaries. There are several schools, colleges, temples and churches found here. According to the 2011 census, the average literacy rate in Palakkad is around 81%. The place is well connected by rail, road and air. The Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway 213 passes through this district.
Budget Hotels in Palakkad
There are good budget hotels in Palakkad. Some of these are the Surya City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), The Kududs Emerald (Tariff – Rs. 750 onwards), Kairali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Kapilavasthu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Palakkad is Malayalam. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi and Tamil.
Events in Palakkad
The important events in Palakkad are Chittur Konanpada,held in February/March, Pavakkoothuin March/April and Kalpathi Rathotsavam in November.
Places to See in Palakkad
There are several tourist attractions in and around Palakkad. Some of these places include Jainmedu (2.5 km), Malampuzha Garden (10 km), Fantasy Park (10 km), Malampuzha Dam (12 km), Palakkad Fort (13 km), Thiruvalathoor temple (10 km) and Dhoni Hills (21.8 km.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is approximately 62 km away.
Palakkad Junction is the nearest railway station which is centrally located, just 4 km away from the main city.
There are bus services to Palakkadfrom Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kallada Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sona Travels. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.