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.
Tirur is a municipal town in Malappuram district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is one of the most important business centers of Malappuram district and is situated 26 kms west of Malappuram and 41 kms south of Kozhikode. It is birth place of Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam literature. Tirur is also a major trading centre of fish and betel leaf in the region.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Tirur are Hotel City Park (Tariff - Rs.200 to Rs. 500), P S Residency (Tariff - Rs.200 to Rs. 500), Hotel Sabka (Tariff - Rs.200 to Rs. 500) and NC Gardens (Tariff - Rs.200 to Rs. 500).
Malayalam is the official language of Tirur.
The famous "Thunjan Utsavam" is held here every year in the first week of February. During this festival many literary luminaries, singers and classical dancers gather here. A marital art festival of Kalripayattu, is conducted during summer on the sands of dry Bharathapuzha. During the second week of February a Sarvodaya Mela is conducted in Thirunavaya (7 kms from Tirur) where the Gandhians of Kerala assemble.
Places to Visit
Some of the interesting places to see in Tirur are Chandanakavu (the birthplace of the great 16th-century Sanskrit poet), Thunjan Paramba, Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, Padinjarekara Azhimugham (noted for migratory birds) and Mamankam (in Thirunavaya).
How to Get There
Calicut International airport is the nearest airport to Tirur (35 kms).
Tirur railway station is one of the major railway stations in the Malabar region. Almost every train stops here, connecting the Malappuram district to the rest of the country.
There are regular buses plying between Tirur and cities like Malappuram, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Guruvayur, Thrissur and Coimbatore. There are a few private buses offering over night journey to Bangalore. Some of the best bus operators that offer a good experience for passenger’s traveling to Tirur include SKS Travels, and PK Travels Bangalore. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.