A city in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Ramnad is located close to the important Hindu pilgrimage centres, Rameswaram and Devipattinam. The river Vaigai enters the Big Tank situated in this city. Ramnad has the Indian part of the mythical Rama’s bridge, which incidentally is a chain of low islands and shallow reefs that extend between India and the island nation of Sri Lanka. Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalamdid his schooling in this city.
Budget Hotels in Ramnad
There are many hotels in Ramnad. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Garish Park (Tariff-Rs.1300 onwards), Raja Rajeswari Tower (Tariff-Rs.1000 onwards) and Hotel Arunachala (Tariff-Rs.1000 onwards).
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Events in Ramnad
Annual festivals likePongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Places to See in Ramnad
Devipattinam (18kms), Erwadi-Dargah (25kms), Uthirakosamangai (18kms), Thiruppuiani (9kms) and Oriyur Arul Anandar Church (60kms)are places of interest near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Ramnad has its own railway station.
Ramnad bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels, Universal Travels, Sri Renugambal Travels and SRM Transportsrun regular buses to and from the town. When you are booking your tickets through Ticketgoose.com, look out for bus ticket coupons and save money.
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.