Pala also known as Palai, is a municipal town 27 kms east of Kottayam in the state of Kerala. It is situated 173 kms north from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, on the banks of the Meenachil river. Pala is one of the main gateways to the southern high ranges of Western Ghats. A majority of the population in Pala are farmers and businessmen. The main cultivation in Pala is rubber, pepper, coconut and tapioca.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Pala are Hotel Maharani (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000), Blue Moon Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs. 1000), Hotel Rajadhani (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs.1000), and Sangham Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs.1000).
Malayalam is the official language of Pala.
Jubilee Festival is celebrated every year on the 8th of December in Pala.
Places to Visit
The main attraction of Pala is the shrine Kurisupally, in the name of St. Mary and Pala Diocese. Other attractions are the 11 temples in Pala municipality. Among them Lalam Mahadeva temple is the most famous. It is also called Dakshina Kasi (Kasi of South). Kadappattor Mahadeva temple is also a popular Hindu temple in this region. This temple is situated on the bank of Meenachil river. Thousands of pilgrims visit the Kadappattoor temple every year, on their way to Sabarimala.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pala is the Kochi International Airport, Nedumbassery (75 kms).
The nearest major railway station to Pala is the Kottayam Railway Station (27 kms).
The town of Pala is well connected to all the major places in south India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good a experience for passengers traveling to Pala include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), SPS Travels India and Atlas Travels. You can get discount coupons for bus booking if you plan to book your bus tickets at least a fortnight prior to your journey.
Manur, a city in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district is located along National Highway 66 and Tiruchi-Chennai Highway. This city lies on the border of Tirunelveli and Tuticorin. Some of the nearby cities include Surandai, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Vikramasingapuram. There are many lakes surrounding this region.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels and lodging in Manur. Tindivanam which is 7 km away from Manur provides affordable budget hotels. Some of these are Rajagopal Lodge (Tariff – Rs.196), Heera Lodge (Tariff – Rs.344) and L.K.Residency (Tariff – Rs.614).
The official language spoken here is Tamil.
The important festivals celebrated here are Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Krishna Jayanthi in August, Navratri during September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are a few tourist attractions around this area. These include Tindivanam (7 km), Marakkanam (33 km), French Beach (38 km), Kanthadu Reserve Forest (26 km), Chunampet Forest (35 km) and Modaiyur Lake 23 km away from this city.
How to Get There
Tuticorin Airport, located 484 km away from Manur is the nearest airport.
The nearest railway station, Thalaiyuthu Railway Station is 487 km away from this area.
Manur is well connected by buses from neighbouring states through surrounding National Highways. Private bus operators run Volvo AC buses to this locality. Online bus ticket reservation is the best way to get your tickets without standing in serpentine queues.