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How to Reach Dhamma Ketana

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Dhamma Ketana is located in Cheriyanad, (more specifically, near Ottappees at Cheriyanad) 8 km south of Chengannur, Kerala, South India. In spite of its apparent remoteness, the place is well connected by road and rail and is within 3 - 4 hours drive of two international airports.

By Air

From Trivandrum International Airport (about 130 km south) Taxi: About 3 hours drive to Dhamma Ketana. Drive north along NH 47. Turn east near Kayamkulam (or further north at Nangiar-kulangara) and drive through Mavelikkara. (see maps) Bus/train: Take Airport bus to Trivandrum Thampanoor Bus Station from where frequent KSRTC buses to Mavelikkara and Chengannur are available. Also at Thampanoor is Trivandrum Central railway station, where express trains that stop at Mavelikkara/Chengannur are available (2.5 - 3 hours). From Cochin International Airport (Nedumbassery) (about 140 km north) Taxi: About 3 and a half hours to the Centre. Drive south along NH47 and from Nangiar-kulangara turn to Mavelikkara. Train: Take bus/taxi to Angamali or Aluva. Board a Trivandrum-bound train (Kottayam route) to Chengannur. Bus: Take taxi to Angamali and board a south bound bus (via Kottayam) to Chengannur. (see maps)

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By Train

Express trains from all over India stop at Chengannur and Mavelikara, both about 8km away from the Centre. From both, private buses and autorikshaws (autos) are available. (Auto to Centre. Ask the driver to take you to Ottappees at Cheriyanad.) Cheriyanad has a small railway station (3 km from Centre) but most trains do not halt here.

Local Transport

Both Chengannur and Mavelikkara are major towns, situated equidistant from Dhamma Ketana (8 km north and south respectively). From private bus stands of both towns, buses are available to Ottappees (0.5 km to Centre). You can also take a bus to Cheriyanad Padanilam (2.5 km to Centre), from where you could reach Centre by an auto.

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