How To Get There - Kottayam
Nearest Airport is at Cochin, 76 kms
away. The Thiruvananthapuam International Airport is 152 kms.
Kottayam Railway Station 2 kms.
away from the Central Bus Station and is connected with major cities and
There are two bus stands, one run
by state transport and the other private. The buses to major centres
operate from the KSRTC bus station.
The Ferry Station is 3 kms, away
from the railway station. Services to Alleppey, Mannar, Chempakulam,
Mankombu and Ambalapuzha.
located in the southern part of Kerala is an important commercial centre
of India, producing a large chunk of cash crops. A beautiful town
situated in the hills, most of India's natural rubber originates from
the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam.
The town is also home to the Rubber Board, one of the country's Primary
Commodities Board. Situated in the 'Backwater' circuit, the populace of
Kottayam is marked by the presence of the Syrian Christian community.
Well known for its churches, Kottayam sandwiched between serene
palm-fringed backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats on the east,
provides some of Kerala's finest natural scenes.
Prime Attractions of Kottayam
important Christian pilgrimage centre, the town of Bharananganam is
known as the site of the internment of Sister Alphonsa (1916 - '46) in a
chapel next to the St. Mary's Church. This millenium-old church features
an attractive grotto of Virgin Mary. more..
Dedicated to St. Mary, the Valia Palli is a church
built in 1550 for the Knanaya Orthodox Syrians situated in
Thazhathangadi, 2 km from the centre of the town. It is famous for its
8th century Persian cross and the Pahalavi inscription on the cross.
Located near the Valia Palli,
the smaller church of Cheria Palli, also dedicated to St. Mary, built in
1579, has some Murals and paintings of Biblical and other themes.
Housing the famous St. Joseph's
Monastery, Mannanam is an important Syrian Christian centre. The town is
assosiated with the name of Father Kuriakose Elias of Chavara (1805 -
1871), one of the saintly figures of the Syrian Catholic Church of
Kerala. Established in 1844, St. Joseph's Press is one of the oldest
printing presses in India, where one of the oldest of Kerala's
newspapers was printed.
Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple
built in the indegenous style is situated in tht heart of the town of
Kottayam. It features several murals and is thronged by a large number
of devotees during the annual festival held in the third week of March.
Excursions from Kottayam
Famous for its legendary 16th century Shiva Temple, Ettumanoor is a
Hindu pilgrimage. The Shiva temple is a specimen of Kerala's indigenous
style of temple architecture, incorporating clear-cut wood carvings and
murals, including an exceptionally striking one of Shiva as Nataraja,
where he trampled underfoot the evil spirit represented by a demon.
Every year in February and March, a 10 - day long festival is held at
the temple. more..
The picturesque hill station of Grampi, situated 5 kms from Peerumade
is also known as the Parunthupara, meaning the eagle rock.
Located at distance of 55 kms from Kottayam and 20 kms from Thodapuzha,
this is another picnic spot located in the midst of the beautiful
hillocks near Kanjar. more..
12 km west of Kottayam town, on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, at
Kumarakom is the Bird Sanctuary known for local varieties of Waterfowl,
Cuckoo, and Water Ducks, as well as for the migratory Siberian Storks.
Peerumedu is a small hill station, snuggled at an altitude of 914 m
above sea level, on way to Thekkady. The famous plantation town takes
its name from Peer Mohammad, a Sufi saint more..
Pundareekapuram is a small temple atop a small hill called Midayikunnam
near Thalayolapparambu, in Kottayam District. The temple is dedicated to
the Lord Vishnu.The temple at Pundareekapuram is famous for its Mural
40 km from Kottayam, in Vaikom is the Shiva Temple, which is believed
to have been built by Parasurama, the mythical creator of Kerala. The
12-day Ashtami festival in the months of November and December is marked
by elephant processions, religious discourses, and performances of dance
and music. more..
Vembanad Lake, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia, is 12-km
west from Kottayam. Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals,
which empty into the great expanse of water called Vembanad Lake.
43 km from Kottayam, Ayyampara, a good base for trekking expeditions is
a little-known scenic spot of rocky plains where a 100-acre area of flat
rock makes a natural granite stadium to enjoy the sunset and the view of
the town below.
60 kms form Kottayam, its an important pilgrim centre of both the
Muslims and Hindus. An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ayappa and a
mosque of Vavar, his Muslim ally, are both located here. The pilgrims to
the holy shrine at Sabarimala also pay obeisance to Vavar, an enduring
custom, which brilliantly exemplifies the communal harmony of the land
and its people
Located 64 kms from Kottayam and 65 kms from Idukki town, Wagamon is a
hill station perched at an altitude of 1,100m above sea level.
Places To Stay - Kottayam
Rest House. Hotel Iswarya (KTDC).
Hotel Aida, M.C. Road.
Hotel Anjali, K.K. Road.
Hotel Green Park Hotel Nisha Continental, Sasthri Road.
Vembanad Tourist Resort (Kodimatha).
Maps - Kottayam
Climate - Kottayam
Mean Max: 36.0°C
Mean Min: 22.4°C
270 cm. (Annual).
General Information - Kottayam
Southern Part Of Kerala
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary,
August To March
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