Vatakara is a coastal municipality in the Kozhikode district of the South Indian state of Kerala. It is the birthplace of Unniyarcha, Aromal Chekavar, Thacholi Othenan and the legendary heroes of the Vadakkanpattu. The Moorad river flows into the Arabian Sea at a point close to the town, and since it is a coastal town fishing is one of the main occupation here. The town, which houses many well-known temples, is also the birthplace of Kunjali Marakkar.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vatakara which offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Silver (opposite new bus stand) and Hotel Indraprastha offer lodging facilities that start at Rs.500 onwards.
The annual festival at Lokanarkavu, locally called Pooram, is celebrated during March/April. The Kotiyoor Festival at the 100-year-old Kozhukkannur Neyyamruth Madom is famous in this region.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Kalariyullathil Temple and Chennamangalam Temple (one of oldest temples in Kerala) are just 2 km from the town. Other places to visit are the Lokanarkavu in Memunda, (5 km from Vatakara), Sandbanks and Silent Beach (7 km) and the Lord Muthappan Temple situated in Memunda, where people go to watch the sunset. The Kozhukkannur Neyyamruth Madom, located in Purameri is just 5 km from the town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport (60 km).
Vadakara Railway Station connects the town to major centres in India.
The Vatakara New and Old Bus Stand(s) connect the town to the neighbouring towns. There are a number of bus operators like Asoka Tours and Travels, KTC Tours and Golden Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. When you opt for Ticketgoose.com’s online bus ticket booking facility ensure that you check out for discount coupons.
Edappally is a part of Kochi and is one of the fastest developing towns of Kerala.
Places of Stay
There are plenty of hotels and restaurants that provide comfortable places of stay and food at affordable prices near the bus stand.
Places of Interest
Thrikkakkara Temple: This temple is located about 2 kilometers from the Edappally Toll junction.Edappally Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple: This temple is known for the “Udayasthamana Pooja“ celebrated with great pomp and show. St George’s Forane Church: The annual feast “perunnal” draws flocks of Christian pilgrims to this church of Edapally.Fort Kochi Beach: This beach lies about 23 km from the Kakkanad Bus Stand.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to this place.
Ernakulam North Railway Station connects this town by a good network of railways.
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