Tourism in Kottakkal

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Languages Malayalam, English, Hindi 
Best time to visit June to September

Kotakkal is a small town near Malappuram which is famous for Kotakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, an Ayurvedic Therapy Center. A tour to Kotakkal will give you the taste of the traditional rustic life of Kerala. Amidst greenery and rustic lifestyle of Kerala, Kotakkal also offers a range of holistic Ayurvedic Treatments which attracts the tourists. For the tourists, a tour to Kotakkal is not merely for its natural beauty but for the refreshing and rejuvenating treatments which the Center offers.

Location of Kotakkal

Best Time to Visit

The best time to take a tour to Kotakkal is from December to April.


Kotakkal which means the White Fort used to be the military base of King Valluvanadu till the first half of 18th century. Later Kotakkal during Tipu Sultan's reign was invaded by Tipu. Kotakkal is also one of the oldest Panchayat of Kerala.

But the major change in the history of Kotakkal occurred when P.S. Varier inferred from the classical texts the goodness of Ayurveda to prepare medicines. In 1917, the Ayurveda Pathsala was set up while in 1924, the Ayurveda Chikitshasala. A tour to Kotakkal will acquaint you with the remnants of the glorious history of Kotakkal.

Tourist Attractions

Kotakkal Arya Vaidya Sala is the major tourist attraction of Kerala. The Arya Vaidya Sala is the Ayurvedic Therapy Center which cures and refreshes the people and purifies their senses. It was P.S.Varier efforts that earned him the title of Vaidya Ratnam. It is because of his efforts that Kerala is known as the land of Ayurveda.

The other major tourist attraction of Kotakkal is Kotakkal Pooram which is the festival of Shree Vishwambhara Temple dedicated Lord Vishnu in his incarnated form as Dhanvanthiri. During this festival the masters of art and culture participate in it from all over India and it is a gala event.

Take a tour to Kotakkal and discover the goodness of Ayurveda and the colors of the Kerala lifestyle.

How to Reach

By Airport to Kotakkal: Karipur Airport in Kochi is 23km away from Kozhikode.

By Railway Station: Tirur Railway Station which is 12 km away. Take a tour to Kotakkal and spend a few days amidst the scenic beauty of nature and rejuvenate your senses with the holistic treatments of Ayurveda.

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