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.
Kazhakootam, an area in Thiruvananthapuram, became popular after the Technopark and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre set up its base near this locality. This region is also famous for its Sainik School that was opened by the Government of India in the early 1960s.The Mahadeva Temple, in the vicinity of Kazhakootam, is said to be 1,000 years old.
Places to Stay
Kazhakootam provides comfortable budget hotels and homestay for tourists in this region. The hotels here are Hotel Ya Ali (Tariff – Rs.765), Sree Krishna Lodge (Tariff – Rs.295), Nandanam Homestay (Tariff – Rs.579) and Hotel Chinnus (Tariff – Rs.491).
The official language spoken in Kazhakootam is Malayalam.
The most important festivals celebrated in Kazhakootam are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions around this locality. These include St Andrew’s Beach (4 km), Menamkulam (2 km), Aswathy Garden (3 km), St. Ignatius Church (4 km), St. Andrews Church (4 km), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (5 km), Shangumugham Beach (14 km), Napier Museum (14 km), Sree Mahadeva Temple (37 km) and Beemapally Mosque, 17 km away from Kazhakootam.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport, which is situated 13 km away from Kazhakootam.
Kazhakootam Railway Station is located 2 km away from the main city.
Kazhakootam is well connected through a wide network of buses from nearby cities and towns. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Galaxy Xpress run Volvo A/C buses from Chennai, Ernakulam and Thrissur to Kazhakootam. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.