A town in Kerala,Pandalam is considered to be a holy town for its mythical connection with Lord Ayyappa and Sabarimala. The town is a renowned educational and health care centre in the region. There are many temples in the town. The centuries old Kurunthottayam market, (now known as the Pandalam market) is one among the largest agricultural markets in Central Travancore.
Places to Stay
There are not many of hotels in Pandalam. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Shines Tourist Hotel (Tariff-Rs.500 onwards) ,SreeValsam Residency (Tariff-Rs.500 onwards), Hotel river walk (Tariff-Rs.400-750) and Shines Hotels & Resort (Tariff-Rs.345-690)
Vishu,Onam, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
Places to visit near the bus stand includes the Sri Karumaari Amman Temple and Sivan Koil
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram (107kms)
The nearest railway station is at Chengannur(11kms)
PandalamBus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like A1 Travels, Anjali Travels, Surya Travels, Atlas Travels, Kallada Travelsand Shama Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Book your tickets to anywhere in India through Ticketgoose.com’s online bus reservation service.
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.