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The best Shopping Mall in Kottayam

The best Shopping Mall in Kottayam  Video Review
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Mall Of Joy

Vishnu Nair
25th Oct 17

A Grand Temple Of Lord Shiva With Unique Entrance And Two Mandapas

A Grand Temple Of Lord Shiva With Unique Entrance And Two Mandapas  Video Review
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Vaikom

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
1st Jun 16

Known as Southern Mookambika

Known as Southern Mookambika  Video Review
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Saraswathy Temple

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
4th Jun 16

An Ancient Temple having spectacular architecture

An Ancient Temple having spectacular architecture  Video Review
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Subrahmonia Temple

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
30th May 16

An Excellent Devotional And Ancient Heritage Dedicated To Lord Shiva

An Excellent Devotional And Ancient Heritage Dedicated To Lord Shiva  Video Review
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Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
30th May 16

An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva

An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva  Video Review
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Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
30th May 16

Spread across 84 acres, having two watch towers

Spread across 84 acres, having two watch towers  Video Review
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
30th May 16

Beautiful Landscape

Beautiful Landscape  Video Review
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Kottayam

Delinasam
24th Jul 16

Beautiful place to visit

Beautiful place to visit  Video Review
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Devalokam

Noelthomassam
24th Jul 16

I am heading to Kottayam

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Chandrasekhar N

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Reasons to go to Kottayam

1Thirunakkara Arattu
Thirunakkara Arattu

Thirunakkara Arattu symbolises and reflects the tradition and culture of a typical Kerala village. Right from the commencement of the festival with the 'kodiyettu' (flag hoisting) on the first day of Meenam (of the Malayalam month calendar) till the culmination of the celebrations ending with the 'arattu' (bathing of the Idol) on the 10th day, thousands of people gather to attend the Thirunakkara Arattu Festival. Thirunakkara Sree Mahadeva Temple is situated on top of the Thirunakkara hill in Kottayam and is one of the most sacred Shiva temples in Kerala. HolidayIQ traveller Amal from Batam shares: “Anybody who enjoy visiting old temples and like beaches should visit this place. The 'Parikrama' around the temple offers a great sea view. Behind the temple is rocky bed, splashed with water due to high tide.”

When: March 23, 2016
Where: Kottayam

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2For its blue waters in Kottayam
For its blue waters in Kottayam

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jaison Netto says, “ Once you reach the top, you have to walk for around 500 meters to reach the top of the hills and you will be amazed by the views on all the sides if the sky is clear. So keep this in mind and take water and some eatables with you. There are some guest houses on top areas for accommodation.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Gaurav Chauhan says, “Get to know yourself better! 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. 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,” 

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3For the spectacular sunrise after a strenuous trek uphill
For the spectacular sunrise after a strenuous trek uphill

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jaison Netto adds, “An amazing sightseeing in Kottayam which is near to Thodupuzha....It is one of the places in Kerala where you can watch sunrise and sunset.”

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4For it's relaxing houseboats
For it's relaxing houseboats

HolidayIQ Reviewer JOJI JOSEPH shares, “A nice picnic spot yet to be developed Starting from Thodupuzha we turned from Kandahar and after parking our car there we hired a jeep to reach the destination. The journey through the criss crossroad is really adventurous and the when we cover each hillock the view of the small villages and townships is something beyond explanation. If you are planning to visit the place make sure to carry enough water and other eatables and also to avoid going to the edge of the rocks which are bit dangerous.”  


HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq shares, “One of the oldest mosque Thazhathangady Juma Masjid has located about 5 km from the famous landmark Baker's Junction of Kottayam and it is situated on the bank of Meenachil River.” 

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Reviews (32)

Gireesh p t

Gireesh p t3.6/5

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Mr. Girish P T

Nice place with many traditional buildings, modern architectural buildings and buildings of religious architecture like temples and churches. There was no prepaid auto service from railway station so the autos were found charging more than the double. The cop posted at the exit of railway station was found helpless in front of the fleecing autos and the ones who were found refusing trips on flimsy grounds or were found bargaining for the maximum rates.

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Aibel Mathew

Aibel Mathew4.3/5

1 review

Awesome place

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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Kottayam Overview

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.

Photos of Kottayam

Elaveezhapoonchira, Kottayam

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Jaison Netto

View towards Kottayam
Elaveezhapoonchira, Kottayam

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Jaison Netto

A water stream on the way!!
Elaveezhapoonchira, Kottayam

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Jaison Netto

Climbing it high
Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, Kottayam

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, Kottayam

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