Kottayam is an important commercial centre of Kerala , as most of India's natural rubber originates from its well-kept plantations. Crammed between serene palm-lined backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats on the east, Kottayam is one of the most mountainous regions of Kerala. Kottayam is the ideal gateway to visit Peermedu, Munnar, Idukki, Thekkady, Ernakulam and Madurai.
Some of the famous tourist attractions in Kottayam are the -
- Thirunakkara Mahadeva Shiva Temple : Built in the South Indian style of temple architecture, the murals on the walls of this Shiva temple are a major attraction.
- Valiyapally: Dedicated to St. Mary, this is one of the largest churches in Kottayam, built in 1550 AD.
- Cheriyapally: This church, dedicated to St. Mary, was built in 1579 AD. It houses some exquisite vegetable dye paintings on the ceilings and walls depicting biblical and non-biblical themes.
- Thazhathangadi Mosque: Known for its exquisite architecture, the 1,000-year-old mosque at Thazhathangadi forms an important pilgrim center of Kottayam.
- Good Shepherd Church: The Good Shepherd Church is the first church of the Diocese of Vijayapuram, built in the Italian style.
Best time to visit Kottayam is between the months of September and March
How to reach
To reach Kottayam, the nearest Airport is at Cochin (Kochi), located 76 km from Kottayam. The Railway Station is situated just 2 km away from the central bus station. There are regular trains from Kottayam to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, and Ernakulam. The city is also accessible by road from all major cities of South India.
Some of the major hotels in Kottayam, offering an impressive blend of tradition and modernity, are Hotel Windsor Castle, The Serenity, Coconut Lagoon, Anjali Hotel, etc.