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.
A town in the Palakkad district of Kerala, Ottapalam is situated on the banks of the Bharathappuzha river. This town has witnessed many historic events. Although the town is located only 35kms away from Palakkad, Ottapalam is said to be culturally very different from the district. The temples in this town are quite famous across the south.
Places to Stay
There are many of hotels in Ottapalam. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Ayodhya Hotel and Lodging, Aramana Hotel, Priya Hotel and Lodging and Breeze Lodge from Rs.800 onwards.
Vishu, Onam, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. Chinakathoor Pooram held every year at Chinakathoor Kavu Temple is a famous event.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
Chinakathoor Kavu Temple located in the heart of town is the main attraction here. The other temples located within 2kms are Pariyanampatta Temple, Muthalappara Bhagavathi Kshetram and Killikavu temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (75kms)
Ottapalam has its own railway station
Ottapalam Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like R.K.G Travels, Sharma Transports and Atlas Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets