Pothencode is a town in the South Indian state of Kerala. The nearest major city is the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, at a distance of 20 km south. The picturesque Arabian Sea coast is also nearby, located only 12 km to the south-west. Tourists enthusiastic of beaches, temples as well as seafood should visit this place.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Thiruvananthapuram, the best place to stay in the area. Some of the budget hotels which are worth considering in the city are Highland Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Blue Nest Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Hotel Dubai International (Tariff- Rs. 900), Adrak Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, the fasting Islamic month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Being close to the Arabian Sea coast, the region boasts of many tourist places. Virtually anywhere you stop on the coast, it is a tourist spot. Some of the places in Thiruvananthapuram which deserve special mention are Napier museum and Zoo, Kovalam Beach, Kuthira Malika Palace, Sanghumukham Beach, Agasthyarkoodam Peak and others.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of 22 km.
The major railway station of the area, Thiruvananthapuram Central is just 20 km to the south.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the area. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.
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.