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.
Parasala is a small village in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district. This is a scarcely populated village due to the humid climate in the area. Jodhpur is 82 km away from Parasala and Jaipur, its city capital, is 353 km away. The areas that surround this village are Mandor, Bhopalgarh, Phalodi, and Balesar. Cities within the vicinity are Siana, Nagaur, Jodhpur, and Pipar.
Places to Stay
Since there are no hotels in Parasala, but tourists who visit Parasala can book rooms at Jodhpur where there are good budget hotels. Some of the hotels are Jee Ri Haveli (Tariff – Rs.840), Yogis Guest House (Tariff – Rs.677), and Kesar Heritage Guest House (Tariff – Rs.450).
The languages spoken in Parasala are Rajasthani and Hindi.
The most important festivals celebrated in Parasala are Holi celebrated in March, and Diwali celebrated in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are places of interest around Parasala. Most of them are located in Jodhpur. Some of the places are Mehrangarh Fort located (12 km), Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park (12 km), Jaswant Thada (11 km), and Bal Samand Lake Palace (10 km) away.
How to Get There
Jodhpur Airport is located 78 km away from Parasala.
Bhikamkor Railway Station is 27km from Parasala. This is a major railway station that connects the village to other cities and towns.
Parasala is connected through a well networked road system. There are state-run and private buses that travel to and fro. Opt for online bus ticket reservation to renowned tourist places in India by logging on to several bus booking websites.