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Introduction

Kottayam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located in central Kerala and is also the administrative capital of Kottayam district. Like the rest of places in Kerala, Kottayam is also a treasure house of natural beauty and cultural heritage. People visiting the place have been overwhelmed with its pristine beauty that invariably inspires them to pen a few words of praise even though they are otherwise loathe to writing. The nearby Vembanad Lake which is the most exciting backwater destination in Kerala, draws its name from the early name of Kottayam, Vempolinad.As for the attractions within and close to Kottayam is considered, there are many to catch your attention. Among them, religious places are in plenty, so if you have a religious bent of mind, you sure do know now where to head in Kerala. Additionally, the backwaters of Vembanad are a real gem for the lovers of nature. As you move slowly soaking in the beauties of nature, you will feel a sense of disgust at the way modernisation has changed the face of the world.

Area 27.33 sq km
Altitude sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-12.0C,Max.-28.0 C Winter,Min.-7.0C,Max.-22.0C
Language Malayalam, English
STD Code 0481
Rainfall 315 cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to July

Kottayam MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :- Nearest airports Kochi (76 km), Thiruvananthapuram ( 160 km ).
  2. Rail:-The railway station is situated 2 km from the central bus station and is connected to the major cities of India.
  3. Road:-An excellent network of roads connects the districtto all themajor towns and cities of India.
  4. Sea:-There are two ferry stations. The Town Jetty is about 3 km from the railway station and operates services during the monsoon. During summer, boats are operated fro the Kodimatha Jetty.

Places to Visit

Kumarakom Vembanad lake Boat races Bird sanctuary
Wagamon Vaikom Kurisumala Elaveezhapoonchira

Excursion

Pathiramanal Mannanam Tourist Home Karimbukayam - Meloram Erumeli
Marmala Stream Kannadipara    

Shopping

Prime shopping item in Kottayam consists of clothes and jewelleries.

Accommodation

Hotel Windsor Castle Pearl Regency Orchid Residency Hotel Elegance
Hotel Aida