Formerly known as Parur, Paravur is the headquarters of the Paravur Taluk in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Considered as the gateway to the Malabar region, North Paravur is a northern suburb of Kochi City. The town is situated at the north end of Ernakulam district, on the borders of Thrissur district. The town, which was once well-known for traditional industries like coir, handlooms and agriculture, has now become a major residential suburb of Kochi. The coastal highway NH-66 Panvel-Kanyakumari (NH-17 Kochi – Mumbai) passes through North Paravur.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in North Paravoor. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Four Seasons Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 629), Bright Heritage (Tariff-Rs. 1600) and Elite Palazzo (Tariff-Rs. 1980).
Annual festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. Some of the other celebrations include the Dhukrana of the Saint Gregorios Abdul Jaleel (23rd to 27 April) at St. Thomas Church, St. Antony Feast (May 12th) and celebration of Sacred Heart of Jesus (June) and the Moothakunam temple fest.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Peruvaram Mahadeva Temple, Kannankulangara Sreekrishna Temple, St. Thomas Church and Paravur Juma Masjid are located next to the bus stand.
How to Get There
The Kochi Airport which is about 152km from this place is the nearest airport to Paravoor.
The nearest railway station is at Aluva
Paravur bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels runs regular buses to and from the town. If you are travelling long distance by a Volvo bus you will have a comfortable journey with ample leg space.
Mananthavady is a small beautiful town on the banks of Mananthavadi Puzha in the South Indian state of Kerala. It is located 29 north-east of the district headquarters Wayanad. As Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is located nearby, trekkers and wildlife lovers will also love the place. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Kannur at a distance of 93 km west.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Kannur (56 km). Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Malabar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Pranav Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Kamalalayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs. 1,000), Sky Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of Vatakara is Malayalam. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals celebrated are the fasting Islamic month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Vishu in April, Onam in August-September and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in the area are Pazhassi kudeeram – the tomb of Pazhassi Raja; Valliyoorkkavu – this temple is the most important place of worship for the tribal communities; Thirunal Temple is a famous pilgrimage centre while Mananthavadi Park is an amusement park.
How to Get There
Nearest airport is Calicut International Airport in Kozhikode at a distance of 117 km.
The nearest major railway station is in Thalassery at a distance of 76 km.
The travellers are facilitated with frequent buses to Thalassery, Kozhikode, Kadavu and Mysore. You State-run buses are also available. You can book bus online from various bus booking websites.