Mahbubnagar, a district town in Andhra Pradesh, was formerly known as Palamoor as the people of this area sold milk. The region was renamed to Mahbubnagar in honour of Mir Mahabub Ali Khan, a Nizam of Hyderabad. This town is on the border of Raichur, Nalgonda, Kurnool and Gulbarga. The world famous Kohinoor diamond is claimed to be from this town.
Places to Stay
There are comfortable budget hotels available in this town. One such good hotel is Avanthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.590).
The languages spoken in Mahbubnagar are Telugu, Urdu and Hindi.
The most important festivals celebrated in Mahbubnagar are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
Mahbubnagar has many tourist attractions in and around the town. These include Koilsagar Project and Reservoir (34 km), Bhuthpur (10 km), Bijnapalli (36 km), Hanwada Lake (13 km) and Jadcherla located 21 km away from Mahbubnagar.
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the nearest airport being 87 km away from this town.
Mahbubnagar Railway Station is located within a 5-km radius from the town and connects the town to nearby states.
There are frequent state-run and private buses to this town from various states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Aeon Connect have daily trips from Bangalore to Mahbubnagar. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.
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.