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.
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.