Kottayam Tourism
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Kottayam Tourism

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  • 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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Prem Chandran

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Multi visit place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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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  •  8 helpful votes
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"A place of beautiful lakes and delicious food"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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"Best place for Winter"

  • 6/7
  • 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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"Nice place to enjoy a decent stay"

  • 5/7
  • 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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Ambarish Ganguly

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"Beautiful and serene place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2014
A must see place because of the natural beauty which it is endowed with. It's a small town which is set on the backwaters with loads of resort options. The backwaters is a special reason to visit Kottayam. We took a houseboat for the entire day which took us around the backwaters at a slow and serene pace. It's truly is God's own country.
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"Beautiful old temples and clean beaches"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a rock idol inside. Anybody who enjoys visiting old temples and like beaches should visit this place. The pratikrama around the temple offers a great sea view. Behind the temple, there is a rocky bed which gets filled with water on high tide. It was quite a good experience. There are motor rides, banana dips and boats that take you to watch dolphins. This is a very nice beach with less crowd. The sand is black. If you go on a high tide morning, you can be lucky to witness high waves.
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"Kottayam: Trip for relaxing"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Apr 30, 2014
This is really a good place to relax. There is not much to do, apart from speed boating. The majestic Vembanad Lake and the stunning backwaters of Kumarakom are its prime attractions. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, extensive rubber plantations are soothing to the eye.
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"Get to know yourself better!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2014
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 is dotted with hills, tea gardens and lush green meadows. It is on the border of Idukki and Kottayam; nearest airport is Cochin which is 130 km away and nearest railway station is Kottayam which is 60 km away. You will enjoy the road journey with breathtaking hair-pin bends and beautiful valleys on the other side. It is a great experience. Go for a long stroll and enjoy the mist filled air. Be with nature. There are several waterfalls with backdrop of grassy hillocks. The place is enveloped with greenery after the onset of monsoons. It is winter season during October to February, and during this time the temperature falls to below zero degrees. Spices are cultivated in this district, you can go for shopping for the spices.

The vast pine forest, which boasts of many film shootings is another attraction. There are many resorts and good hotels and are affordable rates. Enjoy boating at Vagamon Lake; and for those who want to go cycling or trekking, it is an ideal place to tickle the adventure junkie in you. Besides you can also indulge in paragliding at hills of Kothalamedu, which is 3 km from Vagamon at an altitude of 3000 feet.

After wandering in the never ending grasslands and fresh cool breeze, you will return home rejuvenated.
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"Beautiful landscape"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2013
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 lack of time we are unable to spend much time in Kottayam. Next visit we are planning to explore more on Kottayam and nearest places.
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"Calm and Serene place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Nov 8, 2013
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 in Kumarakam and fantastic hill stations Vagamon, Thekkadi etc
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