Thrissur – Trichur is the most famous cultural capital of Kerala. This city is located 300kms (186 mi) north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city is built on a 65-acre (hillock) called the Thekkinkadu Maidan. Thrissur is well known for its religious shrines, which include Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnathan temple and Paramekkavu temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours. Thrissur is also one of the main stopovers for pilgrims travelling to the famous Guruvayur Temple.
Budget Hotels in Thrissur
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Thrissur. Some of them are KTDC Tamarind Thrissur (Tariff – Rs1,500), Hotel Grand Park Regency ( (Tariff – Rs.1, 283), Mannapuram Hotels Pvt Ltd (Tariff – Rs 750) and Hotel Deliza Residency (Tariff – Rs.900).
The official language of Thrissur is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Thrissur
Some famous festivals and events of Thrissur include Uthralikavu Pooram (Febuary) , Peruvanam Pooram (March) and Thrissur Pooram (April).
Places to See in Thrissur
There are several places of tourist attraction in Thrissur. Some of the places include Arattupuzha Temple (2kms away Thevar Road Bus Stop), Bible Tower (1 kms from bus stand), Guruvayur Temple (29km from KSRTC bus stand), Lourdes Cathedral( 5.2 kms from bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest International Airport is the Cochin International Airport (55kms) and the Coimbatore International Airport.
Thrissur railway is considered to be one of the busiest railway stations in Kerala. The railway line is located on the Shoranur – Cochin Harbour section. There are nearly three satellite station, Poonkunnam railway station Ollur railway station and Mulankunnathukavu railway station in Thrissur city.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is one of the most important bus stations in the city. There are three bus stations in Thrissur, which include the Shaktan Thampuran Private Bus Stand, Thrissur in Sakthan Thampuran Nagar, the Vadakke Stand and the Thrissur KSRTC Bus Station. The bus station provides inter-state and also local city bus service. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Akbar Travels, Canara Pinto Travels and Gulf Wing Travels. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.
Mahbubnagar, a district town in Andhra Pradesh, was formerly known as Palamoor as the people of this area sold milk. The region was renamed to Mahbubnagar in honour of Mir Mahabub Ali Khan, a Nizam of Hyderabad. This town is on the border of Raichur, Nalgonda, Kurnool and Gulbarga. The world famous Kohinoor diamond is claimed to be from this town.
Places to Stay
There are comfortable budget hotels available in this town. One such good hotel is Avanthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.590).
The languages spoken in Mahbubnagar are Telugu, Urdu and Hindi.
The most important festivals celebrated in Mahbubnagar are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
Mahbubnagar has many tourist attractions in and around the town. These include Koilsagar Project and Reservoir (34 km), Bhuthpur (10 km), Bijnapalli (36 km), Hanwada Lake (13 km) and Jadcherla located 21 km away from Mahbubnagar.
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the nearest airport being 87 km away from this town.
Mahbubnagar Railway Station is located within a 5-km radius from the town and connects the town to nearby states.
There are frequent state-run and private buses to this town from various states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Aeon Connect have daily trips from Bangalore to Mahbubnagar. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.