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.
Thrissur – Trichur is the most famous cultural capital of Kerala. This city is located 300kms (186 mi) north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city is built on a 65-acre (hillock) called the Thekkinkadu Maidan. Thrissur is well known for its religious shrines, which include Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnathan temple and Paramekkavu temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours. Thrissur is also one of the main stopovers for pilgrims travelling to the famous Guruvayur Temple.
Budget Hotels in Thrissur
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Thrissur. Some of them are KTDC Tamarind Thrissur (Tariff – Rs1,500), Hotel Grand Park Regency ( (Tariff – Rs.1, 283), Mannapuram Hotels Pvt Ltd (Tariff – Rs 750) and Hotel Deliza Residency (Tariff – Rs.900).
The official language of Thrissur is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Thrissur
Some famous festivals and events of Thrissur include Uthralikavu Pooram (Febuary) , Peruvanam Pooram (March) and Thrissur Pooram (April).
Places to See in Thrissur
There are several places of tourist attraction in Thrissur. Some of the places include Arattupuzha Temple (2kms away Thevar Road Bus Stop), Bible Tower (1 kms from bus stand), Guruvayur Temple (29km from KSRTC bus stand), Lourdes Cathedral( 5.2 kms from bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest International Airport is the Cochin International Airport (55kms) and the Coimbatore International Airport.
Thrissur railway is considered to be one of the busiest railway stations in Kerala. The railway line is located on the Shoranur – Cochin Harbour section. There are nearly three satellite station, Poonkunnam railway station Ollur railway station and Mulankunnathukavu railway station in Thrissur city.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is one of the most important bus stations in the city. There are three bus stations in Thrissur, which include the Shaktan Thampuran Private Bus Stand, Thrissur in Sakthan Thampuran Nagar, the Vadakke Stand and the Thrissur KSRTC Bus Station. The bus station provides inter-state and also local city bus service. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Akbar Travels, Canara Pinto Travels and Gulf Wing Travels. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.