70 kms from Cochin
2,579 Sq, km
Trip Highlights :
Beaches and Temples
Ideal time to visit :
October - March
Malayalam, Hindi and English
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The word Kottayam is a composition of the words Kotta (meaning fort) and
Akkam (meaning inside). Kottayam, located in the southern part of Kerala is
an important commercial centre of India, producing a large chunk of cash
crops. A beautiful town situated in the hills, most of India's natural
rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam.
Popular for its churches, Kottayam sandwiched between serene palm-fringed
backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats on the east, provides some of
Kerala's finest natural scenes.
Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and
hillocks, extensive rubber plantations, places associated with many legends
and a totally literate people have given Kottayam District the enviable
title : The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes. Kottayam Town is the
first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy. (a remarkable feat
achieved as early as in 1989).
Places of Attraction in Kottayam
This Shiva temple located 40 km away from the city is said to be related
with the legendary figure- Parshurama who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
This temple is a magnificent work of art and displays the classical style of
Kerala Temple architecture.
The Temple at Ettumanoor
It is located about 12 km north of Kottayam and is well-known for murals
and the 'ezhara ponnana' or the 7.5 elephants carved in gold.
Mosque at Erumeli
Located about 60 km north-east of Kottayam, this mosque is dedicated to
Vavar, a companion of Lord Ayyappa, a Hindu deity. A large number of Hindu
pilgrims worship at this mosque every year before their pilgrimage to
St Mary's Forane Church
This 9th century church located at Athirumpuzha, near Kottayam is famous
for its extraordinary filigree work on the rusty fold altar and this church
introduces an unequalled crucifix which exhibits the Jesus Christ without a
It is a hill station that lies 60kms away from Kottayam and is an ideal
place for picnics. It has a pool with picturesque beauty and legends say
that this pool was used as a bathing place by Draupadi, the legendary
persona of Mahabharata.
Climate and Best Time to Visit
The climate of Kottayam like the rest of Kerala is equatorial. It is hot
and humid. From June to Sept. it experiences torrential rains brought by the
monsoon clouds. From September to March the climate remains relatively dry
and cool. The temperature rises upto 35ºC in summers and lower down to
Kottayam Air/Rail/Road Links
The nearest airport from Kottyam is at Cochin
(Kochi) which is 76 km away. Another important airport is at
Thiruvananthapuram () which is 160 km away.
Railway Station :
Kottayam is well connected with the
main towns within and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network. The
nearest railway station is just 2 km away from the main bus station. There
are regular trains from Kottayam to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam (165 km), and
Ernakulam (65 km).
Bus Station :
Kottayam is connected to major cities of
South India by a good network ofroads. There are two bus stations - the
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation on T.B. Road and a private bus stand
near the railway station. Buses to major cities ply from the the KSRTC bus