A temple with a thousand legends, the Vaikom Temple, Kottayam is a must-visit while on a Kerala Tour. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in Kerala, thronged by the faithful all through the year. Arguably the oldest Shiva Temple in the world, the Vaikom Temple in Kottayam also has a number of stories of India's struggle for freedom attached to it, which has further helped the temple to become one of the major tourist attractions of Kottayam.
The architecture of the Vaikom Temple, Kottayam spellbinds all the visitors to the land with a charm that is truly divine. Surrounded by a courtyard that stretches to almost 8 acres, the boundaries of the temple are marked by four Gopuras or towers.
Facing the East, the temple is easily recognized by its Golden Flag, which flows proudly, welcoming all the devotees to the temple. The temple has been patronized by a number of well-known personalities over the years, a celebrated list which includes names like Parasuraman (the incarnation of Maha Vishnu), Vyaghrapada Maharishi, Srimad Adi Shankaracharya, Villwa Mangalathu Swamiyar and a number of others.
Kottayam is well connected to almost all the major cities of Kerala as well as the rest of India by a number of routes of transportation. These include:
The nearest airport to the district of Kottayam is the Cochin Airport which is one of the busiest airports of Kerala.
The nearest Railway station to Kottayam is the Kottayam Railway Station.
An efficient system of roads connects almost all the different parts of Kerala and neighboring Tamil Nadu with the city of Kottayam. A number of buses traverse through these roads of which a large number are regulated by the Government of Kerala.