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.
Kovilpatti is considered to be a special grade municipality in Thoothukudi District. This is located 100kms away from Maduri city and 65kms from Tuticorin. This is the second largest town in Thoothukudi District. It is aptly situated on the north western side of Thoothukudi District on the NH7 and due to this it connects to Varanasi in the north and Kanyakumari in the south. The best time to visit Kovilpatti is during the month of October to December since that is the time when the region receives slight rainfall.
Budget Hotels in Kovilpatti
There are some budget hotels in Kovilapatti . Some of them are Hotel MGS Kannan Palace (Tariff – Rs 1000) and Reva Plaza ( (Tariff – Rs 1001.
The official language of Kovilpatti is Tamil. Telugu is also the most spoken language by a majority people here.
Events in Kovilpatti
The most popular festival in Kovilpatti is the Adithapasu festival (July - August). This festival attracts hordes of people every year.
Places to See in Kovilpatti
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kovilpatti. Some of the places include Kathiresan Temple (60kms from Tuticorin), Ettayapuram (15km from Kovilpatti), Kalugumalai (24kms from Kovilpatti), Panchalankuruchi (15kms from Kovilpatti) and Sankarankoil (44 kms from Kovilpatti)
How to Get There
The only nearest airport is the Tuticorin Airport (61kms).
There are several express trains passing through the Kovilpatti. Kovilpatti Railway Station is aptly located at 3 km from Kovilpatti. It positioned on the Kovilpatti-Thoothukudi Road.
Kovilpatti Old Bus station is about 3kms away from the new bus station. Some of the private bus operators that run regular buses to and from Kovilpatti are Rathimeena Travels, KPN Travels, M.S.P Travels that offer good bus service for travelers. Avail of a bus ticket discount coupon from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.