Kottayam is a busy market town on Vembanad Lake.

The economic strength of the large Christian community, most of them owners of sprawling plantations, makes Kottayam one of the most prosperous towns in Kerala.

Kottayam is an ideal take off point for trips into the panoramic backwaters at nearby Vembanad Lake and the backwaters of Kumarakom.

What to see

  1. Barananganam: An important Christian pilgrim centre, where the mortal remains of Sister Alphonsa were interned in a chapel next to the St. Mary’s Church.

  2. St. Mary’s Church - Cheriapaill: It houses exquisite murals and paintings.

  3. St. Mary’s Church-Valiapally: One of the most important Christian churches.

  4. Thazhathangadi Mosque: This mosque is one of the earliest mosques in India.

  5. Thirunakkara Shiva Temple: Built in the Kerala style, ft has paintings on its walls.

Getting There

Air: Nearest airport is Kochi (Nedumbassery 116 Km.).

Rail. Kottayam is connected by rail with major cities and towns.

Road: Kottayam is connected by motorable roads with Allapuza Km, Changannassery 18 Km, Guruvayur 169 Km, Kalady 111 Km, Kanyakurnad 248 Km, Kochi 76 Km, Kollam 106 Km, Kozhikode 282 Km, Munnar 142 Km, Periyar (Thekkady) 114 Km, Trissur 138 Km and Thiruvananthapuram 160 Km.

General information

Area: 15.54 Sq.Km.
Altitude: Sea Level. Temperature: Summer - Max: 35.0 Deg.C Min: 22.5 Deg.C Winter - Max: 32.0 Deg.C Min: 22.0 Deg.C Rainfall: 176 Cm. Season: October to March. STD Code: 0481.

Excursions

  1. Kumarakom (12 Km.): One of the lovliest villages in Kerala, on the eastern side of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is an ideal place for backwater cruises. A bird sanctuary here, sprawls over 14 acres and attracts local and migratory birds.

  2. Etturnanoor (13 Km.): Famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

  3. Vaikom (40 Km.): A pilgrim centre with the Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

  4. Peerrnade(8.5 Krn.): A small hill station on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

  5. Thekkady (114 Km.): Known for the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

  6. ldukki (121 Krn.): The famous arch dam here is constructed across the river Periyar.

  7. Sabarimala (135 Km.): Famous for as temple dedicated to lord Ayyappa which attracts a large number of pilgrims every year during Mandala Pooja (November/ December) and for Makara Vilaku (January). The temple is open for darshan for 41 days during November & December and for 18 days in January. The temple is also open for the first five days of every month of the Malayalam calender. The road route for the temple is Kottayam - Erumeli (35Km.) Chalakkayam (100 Km.) Pamba (5 Km.) and thereafter on foot for 4 hours through the jungle to reach the temple.