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.
Situated in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, Sullurupeta, is about 95 km away from its district headquarters. The city is located at a distance of 516 km from state capital Hyderabad. India’s first satellite centre “Sriharikota” is located at a distance of 20 km from here.
Places to Stay
There are many budget and mid-tier priced hotel accommodation here. Some of them are Athidhi Grand Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1,000), Hotel Maansi (Tariff- Rs. 850), Komala Lodge (Tariff- Rs. 400), and Simhapuri Lodge (Tariff- Rs. 350).
The official language of Sullurupeta is Telugu and Tamil. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, and Urdu.
Flamingo festival is the core event in Sullurupeta held in January every year. Other local festivals include Ugadi and Venadu Darga.
Places of Interest
Some of the places nearby are Srikalahasti (39 km) includes Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple of 12th century, Talakona Waterfalls, and Gudimallam Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sullurupeta is the Tirupati Airport (58 km).
Sullurupeta and Akkampet railway stations are the closest to Sullurupeta.
Sullurupeta is well connected to Hyderabad with three private bus service operators offering Volvo AC semi and sleeper buses at average ticket price of Rs 890 per passenger. APSRTC also has frequent non-AC buses from Nellore and Hyderabad. Three daily private buses from Vishakhapatnam operated by Sree Kaleswari Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels. You don’t have to stand in serpentine queues anymore as you can easily book bus ticket online.