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.
Kottyam city, also known as Akshara Nagari, is located on the South-central region/portion of Kerala and is a famous a gateway to the major pilgrim destinations. It is located at a distance of 67km from Kochi. The literal meaning of Kottyam is “inside of the fort”. While Kotta denotes fort akam implies inside. Originally set up on the hilltop, this was an old town marked by important commercial dealings and trade of crops, spices, rubber etc. The city is bordered on the east by the Western Ghats, while the Vembanad lake and Paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west.
Places to Stay
There are many low budget hotels at reasonable rates found in Kottayam city. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Hotel Aida (Tariff – Rs. 900), Mali International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Blue Moon Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), Sakthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.600) and others.
The official language of Kottayam is Malayalam.
The major festivals and events widely celebrated in the Kottayam city are Arattu Utsavam (March-April), Vaikathashtami (November-December), Ettumanoor, a ritual procession (February-March), Sabarimala Thiruvabharana Ghoshyatra and Petta Kettu in January and many more.
Places of Interest
There are a number of exotic places of interest in Kottayam.Kumarakom is a famous tourist place comprising of a number of islands situated on the backwaters. The Vembanad Lake is another tourist destination in the backwaters that offers cruise boats and house boat stays. Other popular destinations are Kurisumala, Vaikom, the sunset view from the Monroe Light, pilgrim centres of Sabarimala, Vaikom, Erumeli, Manarcadu and many more.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport situated at a distance of around 88 km from the city-centre.
The nearest major railway station is Kottayam Railway Station located at a distance of 2 km from the city.
There are numerous state owned bus services offered by the KSRTC.There are private bus services such as Jacob Travels, Sea Bird Travels, Kallada Travels and the like. Making use of bus ticket booking discount can help you save money while travelling. Look out for such offers at Ticketgoose.com.