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.
Kaikatti is a small village in the Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu. The nearest urban region, Trichy, is 217 km away from here. The capital city of Chennai is located at a distance of 483 km. The vast stretch of paddy fields, coconut groves makes Kaikatti a picture perfect village to visit during the weekends.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Kaikatti. One has to travel to Tiruchirappalli to put up for the night. Some of options worth trying here are Hotel Gold Coin (Traiff-Rs.500), Nandha Residency (Tariff-Rs.600) and Rockfort Residency (Tariff-Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language of this area.
Pongal (January) is the most significant festival in Kaikatti. Ganesh Chaturthi (August) is another important festival celebrated in this region.
Places of Interest
Swami Ayyapan Temple is the main highlight of this place. However, there are several tourist attractions in Tiruchirapalli such as Rockfort Temple (83 m high), St John’s Church (4 km), Government Museum (3 km), Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (10 km) and other holy places.
How to Get There
Trichy Airport, which is located at a distance of 220km, is the nearest from Kaikatti.
Trichy Railway Station (52km) is the closest to this village.
National Highway 209 passes through this village; therefore, both state buses and private buses are quite active in this area. Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and Parveen Travels are some top operator catering to this region. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.