Kottayam District

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Kottayam

Renowned as the land of letters, latex and lakes, Kottayam  earned  the distinction of being the first-ever fully literate Municipal town in India, as far back as 1989.  This land also boasts of the first English educational centre in South India as well as the first Malayalam printing press  (CMS Press) which was established by Benjamin Bailey, a Christian missionary, in 1820 AD.  Today, it is the forerunner in publishing, with about 80 per cent of the books published in the State coming from the district.  Also, the nerve centre of Kerala's newspaper industry, more than six dailies are published from here. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations characterize this picturesque land, which attracts  tourists from far and wide. The majestic Vembanad lake and the stunning backwaters of Kumarakom are its prime attractions.

Kottayam town is located in central Kerala and is also the administrative capital of Kottayam district. Bordered by the lofty and mighty Western Ghats in the East and the Vembanad lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad in the West, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, extensive rubber plantations, places associated with many legends and a totally literate people have rightfully given Kottayam district the enviable title:  ‘The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes’.

How to Reach

Airport-Nedumbaserry

Railway-Kottayam

Bus station-

Nearby Tourist Destinations

Kumarakom

One among the favourite destinations in the world (for details see Top Ten & Bird Sanctuary sections).
Reservoirs – Nattakom And Panachikkad

Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid

Located 2 km. from Kottayam, this ancient mosque on the banks of the Meenachil River is believed to be 1000 years old.The mosque has a square inner courtyard,

Thalikotta Siva Temple

Located 2 km. from Kottayam. This is the place of worship of the erstwhile Thekkumkoor Royal Family. The annual festivals are

Thirunakkara Temple

This 500-year-old temple, built by the Thekkumkoor Maharajah, is in the heart of Kottayam town.  Built in Kerala architecture style, it has colourful murals on its walls which are worth seeing

Ambalakadavu Bhagavathy Temple

The Arattu ritual of the Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple takes place here. Main festival is Vishu (in April)


Pallipurathukavu Temple

This is a major temple dedicated to Bhadra Kaali.  The Goddess Bhadra Kali here  is believed to heal many diseases.  The main festival: is the  Patham Udaya Mahotsavam

St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Kottayam

Located 2 km off Kottayam.. Built in 1579 by Thekkumkoor Maharajah, this church displays outstanding architecture, which is a blend of Kerala and Portuguese styles

St. Mary’s Knanaya Church, Kottayam

This ancient church is located 2 km West of Kottayam. Built in 1550 AD, this church  (Valliapally) belongs to the Knanaya Orthodox Syrian Community. The Persian cross, believed to be one of the seven


St.  Mary's Church Kudamaloor

St' Mary's Church, Kudamaloor, 7 kilometres north of Kottayam  town, dedicated to " Mukthiamma" (Our Lady Of Liberation),. is one of the ancient churches of Kerala and  a Marian Pilgrim Centre.  "Alphonsa Bhavan" - the birthplace of St. Alphonsa

Vimalagiri Church

This church in Kottayam is built in the Gothic architectural style and has a 172 ft. tower, which is one of the tallest church towers in Kerala

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Located on the banks of the Vembanad lake, the Kumarakom bird sanctuary (also known as Vembanad bird sanctuary) is spread across 14 acres. Set in the lake backwaters, the bird sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and… read more

Vagamon

Vagamon is a hill station located on the Kottayam- Idukki border of Kerala. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10-23°C even during summer midday and is situated 1,100 metres above sea level. Vagamon is a tiny plantation township in Central Travancore, with a never-ending line of lush… read more

Ilaveezhapoonchira

Ilaveezhapoonchira is one of the comparatively virginal and unexplored tourist destinations in Kerala, located 55 km. from Kottayam and 20 km. from Thodupuzha at a height of 3200 ft. above sea level.. Many visitors have found it an ideal tourist spot, especially trekkers. At the spot, you can view four… read more

Kurisumala Vazhikkadavu

Located 3 km. from Vazhikkadavu, thousands of devotees from far and near converge during the holy  Easter week and after, to climb this hill,  which is sacred to Christians of all denominations. Many also  carry small wooden crosses.  There is a peaceful Monastery at the top of the hill.  The… read more

Bharananganam

Bharananganam, 5k.m. from the town of Palai, is a name which is synonymous with St. Alphonsa, the first saint of India, who was a pious nun. The mortal remains of St. Alphonsa are entombed here at the St. Mary’s Church, now a very famous pilgrim centre of national fame. Thousands… read more

Ayyampara

According to legends, the five Pandava brothers - epic heroes of the Mahabharatha - stayed near this rock, during their exile. Located 2000 ft. above sea level and spread over 20 acres, the name of the rock is said to be a modified version of the original term Anchupara (five… read more

Aruvikuzhi Waterfalls

Located 22 km from Kottayam, Aruvikkuzhi is a beautiful picnic spot and an ideal shooting location for movies. Aruvikuzhy Waterfalls, falling in five steps, is a real feast for the eyes. Here streams make their way through the landscape and the water roars as it cascades 100 ft. down the… read more

Vaikom

While sorting out the top tourist destinations or top historical places of Kerala, no one can ignore Vaikom. This town is well known for its religious stand as well. Thus it will be the only spot/town which is noted for its historical, tourism and religious importance. Thus you see that… read more

Thalikotta Siva Temple

Located 2 km. from Kottayam. This is the place of worship of the erstwhile Thekkumkoor Royal Family. The annual festivals are :  Sivarathri (January-February) , Ten-day Utsavam (April-May), read more

Thirunakkara Temple

This 500-year-old temple, built by the Thekkumkoor Maharajah, is in the heart of Kottayam town.  Built in Kerala architecture style, it has colourful murals on its walls which are worth seeing. The Koothambalam, the special building in the temple premises used for cultural purposes, is one of the best in… read more

Ambalakadavu Bhagavathy Temple

The Arattu ritual of the Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple takes place here. Main festival is Vishu (in April)   read more

St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Kottayam

Located 2 km off Kottayam.. Built in 1579 by Thekkumkoor Maharajah, this church displays outstanding architecture, which is a blend of Kerala and Portuguese styles. The walls are adorned with beautiful murals made in oriental and western styles on biblical and non-biblical themes. Feast Day: January 15. read more

St. Mary’s Knanaya Church

This ancient church is located 2 km West of Kottayam. Built in 1550 AD, this church  (Valliapally) belongs to the Knanaya Orthodox Syrian Community. The Persian cross, believed to be one of the seven brought here by St. Thomas, and the Pahlavi inscriptions of this church are famous. St. George's… read more

Kudamaloor St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church, Kudamaloor, 7 kilometres north of Kottayam  town, dedicated to " Mukthiamma" (Our Lady Of Liberation),. is one of the ancient churches of Kerala and  a Marian Pilgrim Centre.  "Alphonsa Bhavan" - the birthplace of St. Alphonsa comes under this parish, as also Mannanam, a pilgrim centre, where… read more

Vimalagiri Church

This church in Kottayam is built in the Gothic architectural style and has a 172 ft. tower, which is one of the tallest church towers in Kerala. The feast is celebrated in December.   read more

Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid

Located 2 km. from Kottayam, this ancient mosque on the banks of the Meenachil River is believed to be 1000 years old.The mosque has a square inner courtyard, an exquisitely carved wooden gabled roof, a traditional bathing area and lovely latticed windows, making it resemble a temple or a king's… read more

Vagamon Kurisumala Monastery

Kurisumala Monastery (also known as Kurisumala Ashram) and Vagamon Kurisumala are two top tourist as well as pilgrim centers in Kerala. Being set in the green and most serene nature at Vagamon which is one among the most popular and world renowned tourist destinations in Kerala, Vagamon Kurisumala Ashram is… read more

Manarcad St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church Manarcad, popularly known as Marthamariyam Cathedral, is one of the top Christian Pilgrim centers in Kerala. It is located in Kottayam district. Devotees believe St. Mary’s Church Manarcad to be constructed over thousand years back. Affirming this belief, there are stone inscriptions which date back to 10th… read more

Vaikom Mahadevar Temple (Vaikom Temple)

Vaikom Mahadevar Temple, built in Kerala's indigenous architectural style, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Kerala. The temple is also called the Dakshina Kasi. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and a 1m tall statue Shiva Linga is a major attraction in the temple. Other major attractions… read more

Marmala Waterfalls

Marmala Waterfalls lies on the Vagamon – Erattupetta route near Teekoy. It is just 7 km away from Erattupetta town and 16 km away from Vagamon, one of the most popular hill stations in Kerala. Though majority of the tourists are those who come to visit Vagamon, the number of… read more

Vembanadu lake

Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, sprawls across to a number of Kerala districts like Alappuzha, Cochin, Kottayam, etc. You can well explore the beauty and charm of this lake by having a pleasure filling boat trip. You will really find boating on the backwaters of… read more

Pallipurathukavu Kaali Temple

This is a major temple dedicated to Bhadra Kaali.  The Goddess Bhadra Kali here  is believed to heal many diseases.  The main festival: is the  Patham Udaya Mahotsavam. Nadel Thiyattu performance. Is a famous ritual offering here.   read more

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