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.
Thamarrassary is a town in the Kozhikode district, located in the South Indian state of Kerala. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Kozhikode, located at a distance of 30 km south-west. The cultural hub of Malappuram is also close-by and lies 56 km to the south of the town. One can stop by in the town while en route to the picturesque Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary from Malappuram or Kozhikode. The area is known for its picturesque hilly terrain.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Malappuram, the cultural hub of the region. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Motel Araam - Kuttipuram (Tariff – Rs. 500), Swagath Inn (Tariff – Rs. 900), Ruby Residency (Tariff- Rs. 600), Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals celebrated are the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Vishu in April, Onam in August-September and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Located near the Malabar Coast, the place has its own unique Muslim culture which is different from North India. The town apart from picturesque South Indian landscape and a few Islamic institutes, has nothing much to offer. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Malappuram are the Malappuram Juma Masjid, a very old mosque of its kind in the state, the Thiruppuranthaka Temple, Mannoor Shiva Temple, Kothakkunnu (known as the Marine Drive of Malappuram), Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary (36 km away from Thalamarassery, and others. The Malabar Biryani is a must-try dish of the area.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport in Kozhikode at a distance of 52 km.
Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 31 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the area to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. However, the town is mostly catered to by state-run buses. Kozhikode and Malappuram are the places from where regular bus services are available. Get bus ticket booking offers from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online