Kottayam Tourism
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Kottayam Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • District: Kottayam
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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Amrita Singh

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  • Amrita Singh
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 1 Review
  •  174 readers

"In the midst of nature!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2016
One of the beautiful place in gods own country. From house boat ride to Kerala massage. The calmness of nature and tranquillity of flute. All inspires you ans connects to your soul. The Onam saree & the Kerala thali. All at its best. If you looking for place far away from city n has love for water. This is the place for you. A must visit destination. Love it!
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Asish  Babu

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  • Asish Babu
  • Lives in Kottayam
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  • 5 Reviews
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"A place with awesome greenery!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Kottayam is my home town, but I stayed in other cities/states most of the time due to work, studies and all. Now I am back in Kottayam and I totally admire it's beauty. Kottayam has changed a lot and is still developing day by day. Must visit places are Backwaters - Kumarakom if you love a peaceful water life. Kottayam is full of greenery, fields and is a great place to stay. If you are looking out about city life then visit Kanjikuzhy in the town. That is the happening place in Kottayam town where you can go Shopping, Diners and all. Numerous Churches, temples and Mosques are situated in and around the town. Currently working on roads renovation so you might feel bit uncomfortable while driving, but it's a temporary issue. Kottayam is well connected by trains and buses. Nearest Airport is at Cochin which is around 70kms drive. There is a farm in a place called Neendur where you can take your kids to have a great time. They have Rabbits, goats, Emus, Ducks, Fishes to name a few and lot of play area.

Kottayam is well known as the Land of Letters and Latex. Lot of publications are situated here. If you are looking doe authentic Kerala style food then I recommend to visit a local Shaap (small and big Local hotels).
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Hareesh .

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  • Hareesh .
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"A must see place"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Aug 19, 2015
This is my spouses home town. So nothing much to tell about (as a traveller). Thekkady is a must see place for people who love thick green places and forests. Kumarakom and lots of other places are nearby to experience the lake experience. Boating is also definitely recommended. You can also have a short trip on public transport boats. Shopping has to be planned and you have to know the place. Do not shop on sundays as 95% shops will be closed.
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Odur lakshmana rao

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  • Odur lakshmana rao
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews
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"A good destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 14, 2015
I visited Kottayam for official work. This place is very cool and nice comparatively, really wonderful place of India. Food was also good and very tasty, shopping also very good. All items are available and different and healthy, herbal material was available. I visited during Onam festival. Overall, it was a wonderful location for me.
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Lakshmana Rao

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  • Lakshmana Rao
  • Lives in Kamareddy
  • 2 Reviews
  •  919 readers

"A nice trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 30, 2015
Its a nice place, during Onam festival lake and boat sports take place in that location. A very cool and nice place. The boat trip was also very good. Travel route was super, nice shopping in all locations, better trip with family.
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Dere Ezechiel

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  • Dere Ezechiel
  • 3 Reviews
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"One of the best ever destinations I have visited"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 10, 2015
I travelled a lot, but never before I have been captivated by such a pleasant and beautiful destination. Kottayam gave me something that i cannot describe with words.

My advice to anyone is as simple as "do visit this place and you will never regret".
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Prem Chandran

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  • Prem Chandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2034 readers

"Multi visit place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2015
Kottayam is very good city where some of the famous temples are situated. The city is fast growing as a commercial city having so much business opportunities around. So may good hotels are coming up and it is becoming one of the busiest cities in Kerala. It does have good shopping centres with branded items and also one can find best and economic eateries around.
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Harikrishnanks mr

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  • Harikrishnanks mr
  • Lives in Delhi
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"A place of beautiful lakes and delicious food"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2015
Kottayam is the land of beautiful lakes and delicious foods, since it was an official trip did not get enough time to enjoy the beauty of Kottayam. Kumarakom is the best destination to visit in Kottayam.

Wide range of dishes in fish then Kappa and there are some special delicious non vegetarian dishes that we can enjoy here. Boating and food are the real attraction of Kottayam.
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Santosh gopalan

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  • Santosh gopalan
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Best place for Winter"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
Kumarakom and Kottayam are real good places for relaxation and enjoyment. Nice place for any kind of people to travel like Honeymoon couple, friends, Family and group. Best places to visit would be the 5 Pandava temples, Alappuzha beach, Alappuzha Shopping road, Fresh Banana chips, Boat House in Alappuzha and Kumarakom.
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Tharun Jose

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  • Tharun Jose
  • 15 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
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"Nice place to enjoy a decent stay"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2014
It actually a beautiful city with good people. There are lots of tourist sites in there. As part of Kerala tourism, now the roads are also being developed in a better way, there are lots of packages for tourists visiting Kottayam. If you're planning to stay here for some days, there are lots of nice hotels with good facilities available. The local varieties of fish curry is famous around here.
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