The district of Kottayam is known as the land of letters, latex and lakes. Also called as the ‘Fleets Street’ of Kerala, this mountainous region provides some of Kerala’s finest natural sceneries as it is sandwiched between serene palm fringed backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats on the east. Most of India’s natural rubber is sourced out from the well-kept plantations at Kottayam. Almost all the leading dailies get published from here. Kumarakom, a major backwater destination of Kerala is in this district. This place has contributed a lot to the field of education, culture, health services and transportation facilities including backwater transportation.
Salubrious Climate: Kottayam is blessed with a salubrious climate through out the year. A visit can be planned in any season around the year.
How to Reach
Air: Cochin International Airport, 95kms away from Kottayam
Road: Well connected by State transport and private buses
Rail: Kottayam Central is the major railway station.
Places to Visit in Kottayam
Elaveezhapoonchira: Surrounded by beautiful hillocks Elaveezhapoonchira is located near Pala, Kottayam.
Pilgrim Centres kottyam: Kottayam is an apt destination for pilgrimage tours as this land of latex and letters abounds with numerous Hindu, Christian and Muslim places of worship. This city is the gateway to the famous temple Sabarimala. Vaikom, 40 kms away has one of the oldest Shiva temples in the world. The Ashtami festival occuring in Vrichikom lasts for twelve days. Thirunakkara Shiva temple is famous for the indigenous style of architecture. The Thazhathangadi mosque, known as the Malik Dinar is said to have been built by the commander and founder of the Delhi Sultanate Qutab-uddin- Aibak. The mosque of Vavar in Erumeli exemplifying the unity between the Hindus and Muslims, is a pilgrim center for people of both the religions. Bharananganam church is the pilgrim center for Christians. Other renowned churches are the Good Shepherd Church, and the Vimalagiri church.
Activities in Kottayam
Enthralling Backwater Cruise: Kottayam, a picturesque destination entices visitors with heart-warming sceneries. To acquaint oneself with nature as well as the local living, a tourist can take a backwater cruise in Kerala’s traditional houseboat called Kettuvallam. Either you can choose the Vembanad Lake or the Punnamada for the enthralling journey. In this district, backwaters flow through the major tourist destinations like the bird and wild life sanctuaries and temples. So a backwater cruise will give a glimpse of all these destinations.
Fairs&Festivals in Kottayam
Eraraponnana: Festivals and celebrations are directly associated with religious institutions. Since Kottayam is a center of major religious institutions, no month in the year is spared from festivities and gatherings. In Vaikom, Thirunakkara and other temples ‘Utsavams’ are the occasions for merriment. On the other hand, in mosques and churches it is ‘Perunnal’. Boat races in backwaters during national festivals is crowded by people from all over the country and abroad. The famous Kumarakom Boat Race is conducted at Kavanar and Kottathodu rivers. Panachkakd Saraswath Temple is the location for Saraswathy Pooja in the Malayalam month Thulam. Thrikarthika day in Kumaranelloor Karthyayani temple captures the sight with candles lit up all around the premises of the temple called ‘Karthika Vilakku’.