Kottayam Tourism

Kottayam Tourism

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Kottayam Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • District: Kottayam
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Weather: Summer 25 to 31°C, Winter 23 to 32°C

History of 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.

People and Culture of Kottayam

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.

Things To Do in Kottayam

Popular tourist attractions in Kottayam include an ancient temple of Thirunakkara Mahadeva, which was built here in the 16th century by Raja of Thekkumkoor. 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 Malayalam Calendar. It continues for ten days. Various traditional dances like Kathakali, Mayilattam, 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 Aarattu 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.

Accommodation in Kottayam

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.

Kottayam is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kochi (Cochin) and Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram) .

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Kottayam Traveller Reviews

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Aibel Mathew

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  • Aibel Mathew
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review
  •  23 readers

"Awesome place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kottayam is known as the City of Alphabets (Akshara Nagari ). Even today many dailies like Malayala Manorama, Mangalam are based here. Lots of places to see like the surreal Backwaters which are really memorable. Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls is also a very good place to go. Cost wise it is moderate as you can get cheap hotels to stay & the local cuisine is also delicious. One advice when you visit Kottayam or any place in Kerala is that 'DON'T FORGET YOUR UMBRELLA!!! ' As you may never know when the next downpour will come.
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Vijay Potluri

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  • Vijay Potluri
  • Lives in Vijayawada
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  • 95 Reviews
  •  64 helpful votes
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"Kottayam, Kerala"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2016
Kottayam, Kerala is very good city. Mainly railway gateway to Sabarimala. Mostly Pilgrims choose Kottayam to go to Sabarimala. Kottayam surrounded by many auspicious temples nearby around the city. For tourists better not plan during December and January mid. This period heavy crowd of pilgrims towards Sabarimala occupy trains and most of the Accomaditon's. Of course with good preparations you can manage well. City so nice for fresh fruit juices. Food is good. As usual Kerala traditional attractions are well. Clean town all kind of harmonizing city. It's not too modern and not too orthodox.
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"Kottayam places"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 21, 2016
Beautiful and very poetic place of Kottayam
And also best tourist centre
Kottayam is a hidden paradise. Known mainly for its spice market, this merchant town has been seeing an increasing amount of tourist traffic due to its proximity to Thekkady and the splendid Periyar Tiger Reserve, popular tourist destinations just 6 kms from here. Experience an old, forgotten way of life in the quaint markets and vast, fertile plantations. Taste some of the most tantalising cuisines and imbibe the rich cultural heritage of Kerala.
Indulge in the luxury of a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage, one of the best you'll ever get. Kumily offers you a perfect, quiet holiday away from the hustle bustle of city life in the midst of peace and serenity.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
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"Also known as Southern Kashi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 7, 2016
Kottayam is also known previously as Kottakkakam is situated in south central of Kerala State and it is a District Headquarter, it is surrounded by Pathanamthitta in south, Alleppey in the west, Ernakulam in the North and Idukki in the east. It is covering an area about 55 sq km. Its population is about 2 lakhs or maybe more. It is getting modernized rapidly and becoming a tourist's favourite destination. It is a Municipal Corporation which was established in 1921, and a major contribution to beautify this naturally beautiful District. This District has a standard code 0481, Pala 04822, Conjugally 04828 and Vaikom has 04829. Further it has got the Various RTOs for vehicles registration like KL-05 for Kottayam, KL- 33 for Changanassery etc all these are the subdivisions of Kottayam

This City is referred as Akshara Nagari due to its major contribution in print media as well as in literature Malayala Manorama, Deepika and Mangalam are printed from here. This is also referred as Chuvar Chitram Nagram. It's name is also derived as the interior of the fort. It was ruled by the Thekkumkoor King and later ruled by Marthanda Varma of Travancore and before freedom it remained a part of the princely State of Travancore as it was a revenue division of Travancore.

This City is a commercial centre for trading of spices, rubber and various coir products including coconut oil. Many renowned companies like MRF a great tyres manufacturer etc are having their presence. It is a tobacco free District since 2008. Many rivers and canals are flowing across the district like Meenachil etc which are the Great source of feeding the Famous Vembanad Lake.

This district is also a major centre of education as Mahatma Gandhi University, Medical College, CMS College, and many private institutes for higher education and Government's Schools etc are uplifting the literacy and professionals rate, as it registered the cent percent literacy. It also houses many central and state government organization like Rubber Board, India's Rubber Research Institute etc. Bsnl Building, Municipal Building, Post Office, Baker's Junction etc are the famous landmarks.

Citizens of Kottayam were always sensitive towards the social issues as 1891's Malayali Memorial Agitation, 1924's Satyagraha led by Bapu himself and Abstention Movement of 1930 for representation of lowers from all communities and at the same time Thirunakkara contribution against the trafficking of slaves just can not be omitted. This district had set an excellent example of communal harmony.

It is a spiritual and devotional centre as 1000 years old mosque in Thazhathangady, Vaikom Mahadeva Temples referred as southern Kashi, Saraswathi Temple of Panachikkad as southern Mookambika, Athrimpuzha's St. Mary's Cathedral, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Ettumanoor Lord Mahadev Temple etc are playing a great role.

This district is having very good road connectivity by National Highway wow and many State Highways are passing SH-1, SH-9, SH-11, SH-13, SH-14, SH-15, SH-32, and State Transport Service is serving its best jointly with private operators. It has a good connectivity through Vembanad and many districts are connected by Government Operated Ferries Managed by Kerala State Water Transport Department as it has two jetties one is town jetty and other is Kodimatha. It also have the first multimedia Inland Container Depot and a minor port for water way, situated at Nattakom on the bank of Kothoor River. Nearest Airport is located in Kochin and Kottayam is Rail Junction of Southern Railway providing connectivity to almost every part of the Country.

Climate remain moderate and pleasant as it is situated close to the equator and annual temperature ranges between 20°C to 35°C, humidity also varies from moderate to high due to seasonal temperature variation. This district lies in a windward side and receives heavy rain during monsoon from western ghats.

This City is having a significant growth in infrastructure as roads are being widened, New bridges and fly overs etc works are under progress.

This township is turning to a fashionable township. It has famous Junction known as Baker's Junction in the memory of British Farmer. It has many famous roads like Temple road, TB Road, Shastri Road which is the widest one, KK Road a commercial Road, YMCA Road, Municipal Corporation Road, Kozhichanda Road etc and many Calmly residential areas like Cheriyappilly, Illikkal, Aymanam where Arundhati Roy Spent her time in writing God of Small Things, Medical College and Collectorate Road etc. Many memorials like M Hassan Rawther Memorial, PT Chacko's Statue, Travancore Cements Jublee Gate etc.

I Drive a theme park especially for children. Social security provided by Police is remarkable as many women are working as a Bus Conductor, On Petrol Pumps and in various other sectors.

Official languages are Malayalam and English. Locals are believing in simplicity but their affection towards Gold is quite significant. They like Kerala's boiled rice, fish and various other seafoods and cuisines have a significant impact of Syrian Christian Community as Many Restaurants they serve the pork also.

Many Shopping Malls like Joy Mall etc and for Jewellery Bhima, Joseco etc. As for branded wrist watches Seiko and Rado's Showrooms. It also has the leading showrooms of foot wears, clothing and automobiles like Toyota, Maruti, Hyundai, Ford etc.

Locals transport system is very strong and Auto Rickshaws are also conveniently available.

It has produced many renowned personalities like Muttathu Varkey, Pala Narayanan Nair, Pushpanath, famous English Novelist Arundhati Roy etc.

As it has natural heritages it is culturally also rich like Margamkali, Arjuna Nritham, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi and Carnatic Music is practiced and loved by the locals and Sumangali Auditorium is a great cultural activities platform. They are fond of sports as a stadium named Nehru Stadium is there and many Athletes are produced by this city. Though the culture is much influenced by the Syrian Christian Community.

Nearest tourists destinations are Kumarakom and Alappuzha where many prestigious and renowned Resorts are situated at the Back Water of Famous Vembanad Lake. Many visiting places like Thirunakkara Shiva Temple, Bird Sanctuary in Kumarakom, Patrimonial Island in Kumarakom, one and only one Bay Island Driftwood Museum in Kumarakom, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, St. Mary's Church, 1000 years old Thazhathangady Mosque etc must be visited by the tourists who remain spiritual and Nature lover and various architectures in Kerala style.

It has many good hotels like Hotel Joyees Residency, Hotel Sakthi, Hotel Pearl Regency, Hotel Aariyas Grand, Hotel Anand etc and also Many Good Restaurants like Kana pork is in their Menu, Punjabi Restaurant, Imperial Restaurant, Food Palace, Dubai Restaurant, Amaana Restaurant, Rawabi Restaurant, Absent Restaurant etc are famous for traditional cuisines and multi cuisines.

Kottayam is a land of lakes, rivers, ancient worship places, rubber latex, Cultural and with a very high rate of literacy etc and of people who understand the social issues as they play an active role towards all these issues. Visitors must visit this place where they can enjoy the Nature and Divine places.

Known As Southern Kashi And Mookambika Also Known As Akshara Nagari.
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Amrita Singh

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  • Amrita Singh
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 1 Review
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"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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"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
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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
  •  1736 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
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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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