A town in the Palakkad district of Kerala, Ottapalam is situated on the banks of the Bharathappuzha river. This town has witnessed many historic events. Although the town is located only 35kms away from Palakkad, Ottapalam is said to be culturally very different from the district. The temples in this town are quite famous across the south.
Places to Stay
There are many of hotels in Ottapalam. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Ayodhya Hotel and Lodging, Aramana Hotel, Priya Hotel and Lodging and Breeze Lodge from Rs.800 onwards.
Vishu, Onam, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. Chinakathoor Pooram held every year at Chinakathoor Kavu Temple is a famous event.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
Chinakathoor Kavu Temple located in the heart of town is the main attraction here. The other temples located within 2kms are Pariyanampatta Temple, Muthalappara Bhagavathi Kshetram and Killikavu temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (75kms)
Ottapalam has its own railway station
Ottapalam Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like R.K.G Travels, Sharma Transports and Atlas Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets
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.