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.
Previously called Palghat, Palakkad town happens to be the seventh most populated place in the state of Kerala. It serves as the gateway to Kerala and is blessed with many rivers and tributaries. There are several schools, colleges, temples and churches found here. According to the 2011 census, the average literacy rate in Palakkad is around 81%. The place is well connected by rail, road and air. The Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway 213 passes through this district.
Budget Hotels in Palakkad
There are good budget hotels in Palakkad. Some of these are the Surya City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), The Kududs Emerald (Tariff – Rs. 750 onwards), Kairali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Kapilavasthu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Palakkad is Malayalam. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi and Tamil.
Events in Palakkad
The important events in Palakkad are Chittur Konanpada,held in February/March, Pavakkoothuin March/April and Kalpathi Rathotsavam in November.
Places to See in Palakkad
There are several tourist attractions in and around Palakkad. Some of these places include Jainmedu (2.5 km), Malampuzha Garden (10 km), Fantasy Park (10 km), Malampuzha Dam (12 km), Palakkad Fort (13 km), Thiruvalathoor temple (10 km) and Dhoni Hills (21.8 km.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is approximately 62 km away.
Palakkad Junction is the nearest railway station which is centrally located, just 4 km away from the main city.
There are bus services to Palakkadfrom Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kallada Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sona Travels. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.