Thalassery is a town rich in history, culture and heritage in the South Indian state of Kerala. It is a part of the Kannur district, adjacent to the Arabian Sea coast. The town itself lies on the coast. Thalassery has been famously and closely contested among different rulers at various stages of history – from the local Naduvazhis rulers to, Hyder Ali to the Europeans. History and heritage-lovers will find the place interesting.
Places to Stay
There are a lot of budget hotels which are available in the town. Some of the ones which deserve mention are Paris Presidency (Tariff – Rs. 600), Soubhagya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,200), Sree Gokulam Fort Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 800) 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
The town is abundant with tourist places, among which the must-see are the Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswami Temple, the Odathil Palli Mosque built 200 years ago, Mamanam Shri MahaDevi temple, Kottiyoor Vadakkeshwaram Temple and others. Some of the other places in Kannur which deserve special mention are St. Angelos Fort built by the Portuguese, the Thalassery Fort built by the British, the Ezhimala historical site established by the British, the Moppila Bay and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport at a distance of 97 km.
The town has its own railway station, which connects Thalassery to other major parts of the region.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Vatakara to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. Look out for your bus ticket coupon from Ticketgoose.com whenever you travel outside your hometown.
A panchayat town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Ankola is a small coastal town. A town, which has many beaches, Ankola is famous for its unique breed of mango, which is called ishaad and is also known for its cashews. Belekeri beach in Ankola town is a natural port rich in iron ore, which is exported to China and Europe. Ankola is surrounded by temple towns and villages on all sides. Yakshagan and Suggi, a form of tribal folk dance has its roots in this town.
Places to Stay
Being a beach town there are many places to stay in Ankola. Hotels like Estuary View Resort (Tariff- Rs.1000) offer affordable accommodation options.
The annual Mela 'Bandihabba', is celebrated for nine days during the Buddha Poornima (May) and 'Karthik' (November) when the five temple deities are taken on a procession, the whole town celebrates with fireworks.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The temples, churches and beaches Baskal Gudda, Nadibag, Shedikuli, Keni, and Belekeri attract tourists from across the state. Being a very small town, every place of interest is located within 2-3kms of the bus stand
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (133kms).
Ankola has its own Railway Station.
Ankola Bus Stand and Kelagina Manjaguni Bus Stop in the town run regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist, Sea Bird Tourist and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.