is situated on the foothills of the scenic western ghats having
tea, pepper and cardamom plantations. The delightful backwaters
are to the west of city. Termed as the Rome for the ancient Syrian
Christian community, here you will see church founded by Thomas,
the Apostle. For ancient murals, visit the Cheria Palli Church
where the colours of the East merge with Western Coptic influence.
time to visit: During the months of August to February
STD Code: 0481
Max. 35 Deg.C. Min. 22.5 Deg.C.
Winter Max. 32 Deg.C.
Min. 22.0 Deg.C.
nearest airport is at Cochin, 76 km away.
railway station is 2 km from the central bus station.
to major cities operate from the central bus station.
Green Park, Nagampadom Tel: 563311, 563331.
Hotel Aiswarya (KTDC), Thirunakkara Tel: 581250, 5131257.
Hotel Anjali, K.K. Road Tel: 563661.
Taj Garden Retreat, 1/404, Kumarakom Tel: 524377.
Kettuvallom Houseboats, KTDC, Kumarakom Tel: 0481-92-258.
Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Tel: 92491 Fax: 92495.
House, PWD Rest House, YMCA and YWCA are other alternatives.
is built in the indigenous Kerala style. The Dancing Hall
here is one of the best in the state and the temple also
has a wealth of paintings on its walls. The main festival,
Phalguna Utsav is celebrated during March.
Mary's Church (Valiyapalli)
is believed to have been built in 1515 and is famous for
the Persian Cross and Pahalavi inscriptions.
Mary's Church (Cheriyapally)
houses exquisite murals and paintings of Biblical themes.
Shiva Temple here is a good specimen of Kerala temple
architecture. The annual festival of the temple falls
in February/March and lasts for 10 days.
is an important pilgrim centre for Hindus and the Muslims.
The Dharma Sastha temple here is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
Pilgrims going to Sabarimala alight here. The Petta Thullal
of Kanni Ayyappas is an important festival, held in December/January.
Bird Sanctuary (10 km)
the banks of Vembanad Lake, it is an ideal place for backwater
cruises. The sanctuary sprawls over 14 acres. KeralaTourism
Development Corporation rents boats for backwater cruises
in the surrounding lake. The charge is Rs. 60 per hour
for a maximum capacity of ten persons. KTDC also provides
is an important centre for Christians. St. Joseph's monastery
here is an old institution and is associated with Fr.
Kuriakose Elias of Chavara (1805-71), who has been recently
pronounced "blessed ".
is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa which
attracts a large number of pilgrims every year during
Mandala Pooja. The temple is opened for dardshan for 41
days during November/December and for 18 days in January.
Temple (23 km)
is believed that this is one of the five temples where
the original Vishnu image worshipped by the Pandvas is
kept. The 'Deepam' festival celebrated in November-December
is its most important festival.
famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva here is believed
to have been constructed by Parasurama, the mythical sage
founder of Kerala. The festival in November-December lasts
for 12 days and the 'Panchavadyam' is an important musical
performance. A temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya at
Udayanapuram, 3 km north of Vaikom, is noted for its interesting
wood carvings and stone sculptures.
word Kottayam is derived from the words Kotta (meaning fort) and
Akkam (meaning inside). Kottayam is one of the exotic woodlands
sites attracting tourists throughout the year with its mountainous
region, scenic landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples
and adorned churches. Some of its nearby places which can be found
below the sea level is also a treat to the eyes. The best time
to visit this place is during the months of August and March when
the tropical climate is not so hot and humid. This makes traveling
comfortable. Light winter sweaters and a shawl would be enough
to meet the chill here.
Being composed of all the three types of land forms such as low,
middle and high, Kottayam is a rich panorama of Mother Nature’s
work. The land is located on the southern side of Kerala with
beautiful landscape bordering the city. The extrinsic Alappuzha
and Pathanamthitta districts signify the southern part while it
has Ernakulam on its north. On the western side, the picturesque
Vembanad Lake makes Kottayam even more striking with its beauty
and connects Kottayam with a canal, while the east is protected
by Idukki district. The Vembanad Lake is also famous for the seasonal
migratory birds that come to this bird sanctuary in their respective