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.
Neyyattinkara is a town based in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala state. The town is on the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border and in close to Kanyakumari. The town is famous for its temples and Neyyar dam. Kerala Automobile Limited is a leading manufacturer in automobile industry and has its office here. Kollankodu, Neyyattinkara, Pacode and Thiruparappu are the cities close to Neyyattinkara.
Places to Stay
Travellers can stay at Thiruvananthapuram at the following hotels. Chaithram Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1500), Hotel Raja (Tariff - Rs. 2200), Hotel Magic Days (Tariff - Rs. 2000) and Sea Breeze Beach Resort (Tariff Rs. 3000).
The languages spoken in Neyyattinkara are Tamil, Malayalam, Tulu, Konkani, Hindi and English.
The festivals celebrated in Neyyanttinkara are the Elephant Race (January), Onam, Easter, Vinayak Chaturthi, Vishu, Christmas and Eid.
Places of Interest
Neyyattinkara has several tourist destinations close by. Some of them are Kovalam (13 km) - Neyyar Dam, Hawa Beach and East Fort Ganapathy Temple, Trivandrum (20 km) - Napier Museum, Sree Chitra Art Galery and Kaudiar Palace, Kanyakumari (68 km) - Vattakottai Fort, St. Xavier Church and Subramanya Temple and Ponmudi (44 km) - Ponmudi Watere Falls, Golden Valley and Deer Park.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum Airport. It is located about 23 km away from the town.
The Trivandrum railway station, 19 km away is the closest railway station.
The KSRTC bus services connect Neyyanttinkara to nearby cities and town. Private bus services like Kallada Travels and Lilly Travels also go past the town. There are numerous bus ticket online booking sites from where you will get a number of offers and discounts.