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.
Kottakkal is a town in the Mallapuram district in Kerala. It lies to the south-west of the district headquarters Mallappuram, which is at a distance of 12 km. Kottakkal, actually means ‘Land of the Fort’ in Malayalam. Kottakkal is famous for its Ayurvedic institutions established here. The total population of Kottakkal is 39,554 with males comprising of 19,027 and females 20,527 in number. The state capital Thiruvanathapuram is just 348 km way from Kottakkal.
Places to Stay
Rubi Residency (Tariff- Rs 500), Virad Hotel (Tariff- Rs 500) and AM Tourist Home (Tariff- Rs 1000) are some good options to stay here.
Malayalam and English are widely spoken languages in Kottakkal.
Kottakkal Poram, known as Malabar Elephant Festival, goes on for 7 days in the month of March-April in Vishwambara temple.
Places of Interest
Aryuvedic treatment centre in Kerala-Arya Vaidyashala, Tirur-famous Triankkandiyur Shiva Temple (19 km), Perinthalmanna (29 km)-cultural town, Pazhayangadi Mosque (18 km), Kadalundi-Bird Sanctuary (31 km), and Padinharekara (34 km) – a beach, are some noteworthy places to visit here.
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport (36 km) is the closest major airport to Kottakkal.
Tirur Railway Station (18 km) is the closest railway station to Kottakkal city.
Various bus operators such as Kallada Travels provide excellent bus services not only to Kottakkal Bus stand in Kottakkal but also to other neighbouring cities and towns. Avail of bus ticket booking discount coupons from Ticketgoose.com when you buy your tickets online.