A picturesque town in Kerala’s Kollam district, Nilamel is 44 km away from its capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. It derived its name from the Malayalam word nilam meaning paddy field, as this area is full of paddy fields and is also the rice bowl of the neighbouring areas. This lush green town is close to Varkala (28 km), making it even more alluring.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Nilamel. However, Varkala (28 km) has a number of options, including Karthika Plaza Resort (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Woodhouse Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.800) and Hill View Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
Malayalam is the official language of Nilamel. English is also spoken and understood.
People in Nilamel celebrate Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are several places to visit in and around Nilamel. Some of the places worth visiting are Kadakkal (6 km), Attingal (21 km), Varkala (28 km), Varkala Beach (29 km) and Kappil Beach (30 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport, which is 49 km away.
Kollam Railway Station (39 km away) is the nearest major railhead connecting this town to other cities.
There are buses from Kollam, Varkala and Thiruvananthapuram. People of this region depend mostly on state-run buses. You can get discount on bus booking if you log on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking portal.
Ernakulum is the most urban part of Kochi city. Considered to be the commercial hub of Kerala, Ernakulum is a cosmopolitan compared to the other cities in Kerala. This city is known for its well developed Airport and International port.
Budget Hotels in Ernakulam
There are good budget hotels in Ernakulum. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Ernakulum is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Ernakulam
Some famous festivals and events of Ernakulum include the Pineapple Fest Festival (January), Athachamayam and Ernakulam Shiva Temple Festival (January ).
Places to See in Ernakulam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Ernakulam. Some of the places include Santa Cruz Cathedral (16kms from Ernakulam Town Railway Station), Cherai Beach, Kochi (25kms from Kochi), Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary (3 Km from Ernakulam Junction)
How to Get There
Cochin Airport is said to be the first airport that established the public private partnership. A lot of NRIs from 30 countries have invested on the airport. The Airport is located on the National Highway- 47 (NH-47) at Athany and NH-17 at Angamaly. This airport handles 9 domestic flight and 17 international flights.
Ernakulam railway station is the busiest railway station. Located at Kochi it is well connected to major cities in India. It is said to be the largest railway station among the other two stations in the city which are Ernakulam North and Aluva railway station. The other large railway station in Kochi city is the Ernakulam Town Railway Station.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) provides interstate, intercity and local bus services. Some of the bus stands are Kaloor Private Bus Terminal, Eloor North Bus Stand, Thripunitura Old Bus Stand, Murickens bus stop and Cheranalloor Ferry Bus Stand. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.