Thiruvalla is the largest town in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Well known as the temple town, it is renowned for its religious monuments, numerous temples and history. It also is the key to the gate of Sabarimala. Numerous pilgrims visit Thiruvalla during the festive season and the small town beams with the festive mood and festivals.
Places to Stay
Because of the heavy tourist rush, there are numerous hotels which are located at nearby distances from the railway station and bus stands. They are budget friendly and comfortable to be in.Hotel Panchami is located at a walk able distance from the station as well as bus station. (Tariff- RS 1000 per night) Hotel Voyage- (Tariff- 1000 Rs) - located at a distance of 1 km from the railway station. Besotta International Hotel (Tariff- Rs 1500 and above) -2.4 km s from the railway station.
The five-day youth festival of Mahatma Gandhi University Union, named as Sargodayam-2012’, hosted in Thiruvalla from February 29 to March 4 which consists of local music , dance, singing and all kind of cultural activities. Thiruvalla hosts the Onam festival every year consisting of grand elephants and a great meal.
The official language of Thiruvalla is malayalam. English is also spoken to some extent.
Places to Visit
Thiruvalla has a large percentage of Christian population and as a result there are various famous and most visited churches to visit. There are various places to see in Thiruvalla including theShri Vallabha Maha Kshetram or the Thiruvalla temple, the famous Palikkara Church, Niranam church and Parumala Church. It is also famous for the Kaviyoor Hanuman temple and Mahadev temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kochi airport which is around 86 kms away from the city of thiruvalla.
Trains from Thiruvall station are well connected to southern India and Western India. There are regular trains to, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram Ernakulam and Palakkad. The train fares are really cheap priced at 100-500, and thus needs to be booked in advance.
Bus is the most important means of transport and available to and from every location in and outside Kerala. Buses connect thiruvalla to the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kollam and Kannur. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.
Palayam is an area of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala in South India. It is a part of the district by the same name. The locality fits properly within the city. The picturesque Arabian Sea coast is located just 7 km south-west of the area. Those with a desire to check out traditional healing, beaches, temples as classical dance and arts can visit this exotic city.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Thiruvananthapuram. Some of the budget hotels which are worth considering are Highland Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Blue Nest Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Hotel Dubai International (Tariff- Rs. 900), Adrak Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) 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
Being close to the Arabian Sea coast, the region does not run short of tourist places. Virtually anywhere you stop on the coast, it is a tourist spot. Some of the other places in Thiruvananthapuram which deserve special mention are Napier museum and Zoo, Kovalam Beach, Kuthira Malika Palace, Sanghumukham Beach, Agasthyarkoodam Peak and others.
How to Get There
The city’s Trivandrum International Airport lies at a distance of 6 km south-west of the area.
The major railway station of the area, Thiruvananthapuram Central is just 2 km to the south.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the area. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.