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.
Previously called Palghat, Palakkad town happens to be the seventh most populated place in the state of Kerala. It serves as the gateway to Kerala and is blessed with many rivers and tributaries. There are several schools, colleges, temples and churches found here. According to the 2011 census, the average literacy rate in Palakkad is around 81%. The place is well connected by rail, road and air. The Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway 213 passes through this district.
Budget Hotels in Palakkad
There are good budget hotels in Palakkad. Some of these are the Surya City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), The Kududs Emerald (Tariff – Rs. 750 onwards), Kairali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Kapilavasthu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Palakkad is Malayalam. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi and Tamil.
Events in Palakkad
The important events in Palakkad are Chittur Konanpada,held in February/March, Pavakkoothuin March/April and Kalpathi Rathotsavam in November.
Places to See in Palakkad
There are several tourist attractions in and around Palakkad. Some of these places include Jainmedu (2.5 km), Malampuzha Garden (10 km), Fantasy Park (10 km), Malampuzha Dam (12 km), Palakkad Fort (13 km), Thiruvalathoor temple (10 km) and Dhoni Hills (21.8 km.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is approximately 62 km away.
Palakkad Junction is the nearest railway station which is centrally located, just 4 km away from the main city.
There are bus services to Palakkadfrom Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kallada Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sona Travels. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.