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.
Karunagappally, a coastal city in Kerala’s Kollam district, is famous for its house boat facilities in Alumkadavu. The yearly Sree Narayana Trophy boat race in Kannety River is also held here. Cottage and Small scale Industries help fund the economy of this region. Karunagappally lies on the border of Alappuzha and Kollam.
Places to Stay
There are homestays and hotels available in Karunagappally for reasonable prices. These include The Vijaya Palace (Tariff – Rs.787), Vanajolsana Homestay (Tariff – Rs.657), Hotel Shah International (Tariff – Rs.607) and Kollam Beach Retreat (Tariff – Rs.364).
The official language spoken in Karunagappally is Malayalam.
The most celebrated festivals in Karunagappally are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions around Karunagappally such as beaches, backwaters and temples. These are located in Alappadu (5 km), Padanayar Kulangara Temple Pond (600 m), Idakulangara Sree Devi Temple Chira (3 km), Kollam (27 km), Ashtamudi (35 km) and Chavara, 9 km away from this city.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport, which is located 92 km away from Karunagappally.
Karunagappally Railway Station is situated 2 km from the main city centre and connects the city to nearby states.
Karunagappally is well connected to nearby cities and states through a network of buses. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Sona Travels run luxurious Volvo A/C buses to Karunagappally from Salem and Coimbatore. Ticketgoose.com is a popular bus booking site from where you can get your tickets easily.