Kottayam Tourism

Kottayam Tourism

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Gaurav chauhan

"Get to know yourself better!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Among many tourist spots in Kerala, Kottayam is a perfect holiday spot for adventure as well as couple looking for a place to have a romantic outing. You can go cycling, trekking, rock climbing and paragliding and have lots of fun. The place....... More
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  • Krishnan
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful landscape"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 months ago
Kottayam trip is very Good. We really enjoyed the Greenery and and beautiful land scape with Rivers and hills. Kottayam to Kanjirappally we went by Bus and from there we travelled by auto. People of Kottayam are good and look innocent. Due to....... More
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Abhilash Venkitachalam
  • Abhilash Venkitachalam
  • 3 Reviews

"Calm and Serene place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
Its a small town with beautiful surroundings. The backwater boating is the main attraction. Also one ancient temple is a must visit place. It is a nice place to relax as there is not much of rush. Destination is close to the backwater heaven....... More
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Aneesh g
  • Aneesh g
  • 5 Reviews

"Good place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
There are lot of places to see in Kottayam. There are lots of devotional places. Apart from temples, there is Bharanganam church, and other famous churches, from kottayam, we went to Kumarakaom, Vagamon. Perfect destination. Vagamon is....... More
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Tanvi Goel
  • Tanvi Goel
  • Lives in Shillong
  • 2 Reviews

"Calm and Serene place"

  • Posted 1 year ago
Its a small town with beautiful surroundings, The backwater boating is the main attraction. Also one ancient temple is a must visit place. It is a nice place to relax as there is not much of rush. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food....... More
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Kottayam Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
Located near Kochi, Kottayam is a large town in the state of Kerala. Due to the presence of many newspapers and publishing houses in Kottayam, it is also called the letter capital of Kerala. The literacy rate of the city is around 100% that can be attributed to the presence of many colleges and deemed universities, present here.

Kottayam is popular because of several plantations, paddy fields and natural lakes. Kottayam is also a main trade centre of Kerala due to the extensive rubber plantations present in the town. The large town of Kottayam also has a head quarter by the same name.

Located around 76 kilometres from Kochi, Kottayam once used to be the part of erstwhile Central Travancore. Apart from being the trade capital of Kerala, Kottayam also has several popular publishing houses of India.

Popular tourist attractions in Kottayam include an ancient temple of Thirunakkara Mahadeva, which was built here in the 16th century by Raja of Thekkumkur. The interior murals of the temple depict some of the rare ancient art works derived from Hindu epics. 

Thirunakkara Arattu festival, bathing ceremony of lord Mahadeva, is a famous event in Kottayam, which starts from the first day of Meenam month of Malyalam Calendar. It continues for ten days. Various traditional dances like Kathakali, Mayilattom, Velakali and other cultural entertaining programs are performed during the festival. This festival is held between 15th and 24th March in 2012.

The Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple hosts the Ettumanoor Aarat festival, celebrated in the month of February March every year. The most exciting part of this Utsav is seven and half elephants made of gold being displayed for public. This is called Ezharaponnana Darshan in Malayalam. Tourists visiting Kottayam in March can visit Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple.

Attuvela Mahotsavam, a water carnival is held at Elankavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple on 25th March 2012. It is believed that Attuvela Mahotsavam is the welcome ceremony for the Goddess of Kodungalloor who comes to visit her sister, the Goddess of Elamkavu.

Kottayam also houses one of the oldest Mosques of India, the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, located near Meenachil River. The mosque here is popular for its wooden architecture and carvings representing the ancient architectural expertise. The region also includes some Syrian Christian Churches like ancient St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Cheriapally that still dominate the region. These churches date back to the 1600s.

The best time to visit Kottayam is between the months of September and February because of the pleasant weather as it gets increasingly warmer from the month of February onwards.

Kottayam hosts an annual Flower Show and Food Festival in the third week of January. Cultural programs will be arranged on all days of the festival.

Kottayam is well connected by railways to other towns and districts whereas the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram is well connected by roadways along with neighbouring towns like Thekkady, Ernakulam, Madurai, and Munnar. The nearest airport is located in Kochi, which is about 80 kilometres from the town. Kottayam is also popular for its water transport facilities that include ferries and boats. 

In Kottayam, tourists can use public transport for going around the city. The bus service in Kottayam connects almost all parts of the city. Tourists can also hire taxi to roam around the city. 

Kottayam is known for its handmade products. Exquisite goods and designs made by local craftsmen can be included in the shopping as the remembrance of Kottayam trip. Tourists can also add various spices to their shopping bags along the local market.
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