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Kottayam is situated on the foothills of the scenic western ghats having rubber, 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.

Population: 1,82,8271
Language Spoken: Malayalam
Best time to visit: During the months of August to February

STD Code: 0481

GENERAL  INFORMATION  
Area 2204 square kilometers
Altitude Sea Level
Temperature Summer  Max. 35 Deg.C.   Min. 22.5 Deg.C.
Winter     Max. 32 Deg.C.   Min. 22.0 Deg.C.
Rainfall 176 cms
Season October - March
Area code 0481
State Kerala
GETTING  THERE  
By Air The nearest airport is at Cochin, 76 km away.
By Rail The railway station is 2 km from the central bus station.
By Road Buses to major cities operate from the central bus station.
ACCOMMODATION Hotel 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.

Govt.Guest House, PWD Rest House, YMCA and YWCA are other alternatives.

SIGHTSEEING  
Thirunakkara Shiva Temple It 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.
St. Mary's Church (Valiyapalli) It is believed to have been built in 1515 and is famous for the Persian Cross and Pahalavi inscriptions.
St. Mary's Church (Cheriyapally) It houses exquisite murals and paintings of Biblical themes.
EXCURSIONS  
Ettumanoor (12 km) The 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.
Erumeli (60 km) It 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.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (10 km) On 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 accommodation.
Mannanam (8 km) This 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 ".
Sabarimala (135 km) It 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.
Thrikkodithanam Temple (23 km) It 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.
Vaikom (40 km) The 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.
THE CITY

The 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 seasons.

 

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