Thirumangalam is a suburban area of the South Indian temple town, Madurai. It is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The centre of Madurai city is located 24 km to the north-east. One can also stop by in the area while heading down to Rajapalayam. Temple enthusiasts can also halt in the area en route Madurai.
Places to Stay
Being a small place, there is no great variety when it comes to places of lodging. However Madurai has a couple of good budget hotels. Some of these places which deserve mention are MR International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Taj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also understood in certain places such as hotels.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The area is not that remote, yet in terms of tourist sites, it has nothing much to offer. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the neighbouring urban hub of Madurai are Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Alagar Koyil and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport at a distance of 19 km.
The closest railway station is the Madurai Junction railway Station at a distance of 24 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are readily available from Madurai. Now, you can book your bus ticket by using Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps.
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.