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.
Pamba is a village in the Ranni taluk in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. It is located 12 kms towards north from the district head quarters Pathanamthitta and 116 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Pamba is the main halting point for the pilgrims on their way to Sabarimala. It gets its name from the Pamba River. This place is also called Thriveni Sangam as it is the meeting point of three rivers.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in Kottayam (94 kms), Chengannur (88 kms) and Thiruvalla (88 kms). Some of the budget hotels in Thiruvalla are Hotel Ashok International (Tariff Rs. 400 to Rs. 1200), Hotel Elite Continental (Tariff Rs.600 – Rs.1750) and Hotel Aryaas Park (Tariff Rs. 750 to Rs. 1200).
Malayalam is the official language in Pamba.
The popular events in Pamba are the Boat race, the Maramon Convention and Makara Vilakku (January / February).
Places to Interest
Tourist places in and around Pamba are Sabrimala Temple, Pandalam, Peruthenaruvi Waterfalls and Aranmulla. Another major attraction in Pamba is the training session of the elephants.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pamba is the Trivandrum airport (92 kms).
The nearest railway station to Pamba is the Chengannur railway station (25 kms).Kottayam railway station is the nearest major railway station (41 kms) to Pamba.
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation runs special bus services from Thiruvananthapuram to Pamba during the Sabrimala festival. Ticketgoose.com offers a wide variety of choices for bus booking anywhere in India.