Thuckalay is a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is part of the Kanyakumari district. The district headquarters, as well as the nearest major urban hub, Kanyakumari, is located at a distance of 34 km south-east. Being close to Kanyakumari defines what the place is likely to be – abound with picturesque green fields, coconut trees, places of worship as well as high winds.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Kanyakumari. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Tri Sea Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Gopi Nivas Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vivekanandapuram (Tariff – Rs. 700) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. Malayalam is also widely spoken and understood due to its proximity to Kerala.
The important festivals celebrated are Pongal in January, Vishu in April, Vinayagar Chathurthi , Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Being close to the coast, the region does not run short of tourist places. Virtually anywhere you stop on the coast, it is a tourist spot. The lush green fields with coconut trees is another treat inlands. The historic Padmanabhapuram Palace is the iconic tourist destination of Thuckalay. Some of the other places to visit in the neighbouring Kanyakumari are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the Thiruvalluvar Statue and the Muttom Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 56 km.
Kanyakumari Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 35 km.
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 region. Buses to the town are readily available from Kanyakumari as well as Thiruvananthapuram. Online bus ticket reservation is an easy and convenient way to get your tickets.
Ambalappuzha is a small town in Kerala. It is situated in the Alappuzha district. It is located close to the coast and is a pleasant town. The climate here is moderate. The town has a rich mythological history with tales about the Sri Krishna at the centre of them.
Places to Stay
There are a few hotels such as Brothers Hotel (Rs 1000) and Arcadia Regency (Rs 1500) that offer accommodation to visitors.
The Aarattu festival celebrated in March-April is the major event of Ambalappuzha. Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Malayalam is the local language spoken in Ambalappuzha. English is commonly understood.
Places to Visit
The major attraction in Ambalappuzha is the Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple located within 5km from the bus stand.
How to Get There
Kochi International Airport located around 100km away offers connections to major cities around the country.
Ambalappuzha Railway Station, located less than 1km from bus stand, has trains that go to Bangalore, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Ernakulam, Mangalore and other cities.
Ambalappuzha is situated on the Salem-Kanyakumari Highway. NH 47 connects it to Ernakulam and Kanyakumari. The best bus operators that offer quality service include KSRTC buses and TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service, provides low price, high quality options for bus travellers. Avail of bus booking offer when you book your tickets through TicketGoose’s mobile apps.