Ponkunnam is a census town in the eastern high-ranges of Kerala and part of the Kottayam district. Ponkunnam literally means "The Town with a Golden Mountain." It is located 35 kms towards east from district head quarters Kottayam and 148 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. This part of Kerala is famous for its fertile lands and rubber plantations.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available Kanjirappally (6 kms). Some of them are Green Park Hotel (Tariff - Rs.1100), Hill Top Hotel (Tariff - Rs.900) and Marias Homestay (Tariff - Rs.2000).
The official language is Malayalam.
Some of the events in Ponkunnam are Thiruvutsavam of Elamgulam Sree Dharma Sastha (January), Perunal of Holy Family Church Ponkunnam (January) and Perunal of Elamgulam St. Mary’s Church (December).
Places to Visit
Chirakkadava Sri Mahadevar Temple, Ponkunnam Puthiyakavil Devi Temple and St. Mary’s Church are places to see in Ponkunnam.
How to Get There
The nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport, Kochi (94 km).
Kottayam Rail Way Station is major railway station 31 KM near to Ponkunnam.
Ponkunnam has one KSRTC Bus stand and one private bus stand. Daily, there are many buses to Kottayam, Changanassery, Kochi, Banglore etc. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Ponkunnam include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), SPS Travels. If you are planning a vacation, book bus online and remain tension free.
Thrissur – Trichur is the most famous cultural capital of Kerala. This city is located 300kms (186 mi) north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city is built on a 65-acre (hillock) called the Thekkinkadu Maidan. Thrissur is well known for its religious shrines, which include Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnathan temple and Paramekkavu temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours. Thrissur is also one of the main stopovers for pilgrims travelling to the famous Guruvayur Temple.
Budget Hotels in Thrissur
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Thrissur. Some of them are KTDC Tamarind Thrissur (Tariff – Rs1,500), Hotel Grand Park Regency ( (Tariff – Rs.1, 283), Mannapuram Hotels Pvt Ltd (Tariff – Rs 750) and Hotel Deliza Residency (Tariff – Rs.900).
The official language of Thrissur is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Thrissur
Some famous festivals and events of Thrissur include Uthralikavu Pooram (Febuary) , Peruvanam Pooram (March) and Thrissur Pooram (April).
Places to See in Thrissur
There are several places of tourist attraction in Thrissur. Some of the places include Arattupuzha Temple (2kms away Thevar Road Bus Stop), Bible Tower (1 kms from bus stand), Guruvayur Temple (29km from KSRTC bus stand), Lourdes Cathedral( 5.2 kms from bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest International Airport is the Cochin International Airport (55kms) and the Coimbatore International Airport.
Thrissur railway is considered to be one of the busiest railway stations in Kerala. The railway line is located on the Shoranur – Cochin Harbour section. There are nearly three satellite station, Poonkunnam railway station Ollur railway station and Mulankunnathukavu railway station in Thrissur city.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is one of the most important bus stations in the city. There are three bus stations in Thrissur, which include the Shaktan Thampuran Private Bus Stand, Thrissur in Sakthan Thampuran Nagar, the Vadakke Stand and the Thrissur KSRTC Bus Station. The bus station provides inter-state and also local city bus service. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Akbar Travels, Canara Pinto Travels and Gulf Wing Travels. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.