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DESTINATIONS » SOUTH » KERALA » KOTTAYAM
 
 
 
Kottayam is situated in central Kerala and is the administrative capital of Kottayam district. Bordered by the superior and grand Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. 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 desirable title: The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes. The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Most of India's natural rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam, also home to the Rubber Board. Kottayam is also called as "Akshara Nagari" which means the "city of letters" considering its contribution to print media and literature.

The name is derived from the Malayalam word `kottayakam', which means the hold of a fort. This indicates the the town was the seat of royalty. It continues to be the headquarters of several Christian churches.Apart from being a busy base for Christian missionaries, Kottayam is also an important commercial centre, thanks to its strength as a producer of cash crops. Most of India's natural rubber originates from the well-kept plantations of Kottayam. Kottayam is equally well-known for its cultural achievements. It is the Mecca of Kerala's publishing scene, home to dozens of Malayalam newspapers and magazines. To sustain this plethora of publications, Kottayam became the first town in India to attain total literacy, an event which triggered a mass movement to make Kerala the country's first totally literate state. Kottayam is also the birthplace of a unique institution, the Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangham or the Writers Co-operative Society, perhaps the first ever co-operative of writers
 
     
     
 
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  Erumely   Aranmula   Vagamon  
             
  Elaveezha Poonchira   Vaikom   Valiyapally  
             
  Cheriyapally   Thazhathangadi Mosque   Thirunakkara Mahadeva Shiva Temple  
             
  Good Shepherd Church   Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary   Bharananganam  
             
      Ettumanoor      
             
 
     
     
  Erumely  
 
Destination Erumely
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing/Pilgrim Centre
Is a significant pilgrim centre for the Hindus and Muslims. Sree Dharmasastha Temple is a primeval temple devoted to Lord Ayyappa. Pilgrims going to Sabarimala land here.
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  Aranmula  
 
Destination Aranmula
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
50 km from Kottayam, Aranmula is the spot of the fabulous Onam carnival boat races, more often than not in early September. These competitions contrasting the fairer Nehru Trophy race at Alappuzha in August are fundamentally pious, based on a temple festival. Caparisoned elephants with beaded umbrellas, pageants of bedecked glide, and exceedingly flamboyant boats make this an attractive occasion to view. Aranmula is also the centre of bell metal mirror crafts.
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  Vagamon  
 
Destination Vagamon
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Vagamon, 64 km from Kottayam sited at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level is a trekker's ecstasy. It is an idyllic vacationer spot bordered by the foliage of tea gardens, striking pastures and vales. New attractions: Thangal Para, Indo-Swiss project, Kurisumala Ashram.
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  Elaveezha Poonchira  
 
Destination Elaveezha Poonchira
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Elaveezha Poonchira is a picnic spot situated in the middle of striking hills.
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  Vaikom  
 
Destination Vaikom
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
40 km from Kottayam, Vaikom is famed for the Shiva Temple. The celebration in November-December continues for about a fortnight -the 'Panchavadyam' is an significant harmonious recital.
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  Valiyapally  
 
Destination Valiyapally
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Pilgrim Centre/Holy Place
Activities Heritage sight seeing,Pilgrimage/Place of worship
Built in AD 1550; this is one of the largest Orthodox Syrian churches in Kottayam. The church is dedicated to St. Mary and is located in Thazhathangadi about 4km northwest of the town center. The church is known for two 8th-century Persian crosses with Pahlavi inscriptions that prove them to be the earliest examples of Christianity in India.
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  Cheriyapally  
 
Destination Cheriyapally
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Sight
Activities Heritage sight seeing,Pilgrimage/Place of worship
This Syrian Orthodox church of Cheriyapally is dedicated to St. Mary. Built in 1579 AD, the church houses some exquisite vegetable dye paintings on the ceilings and walls depicting biblical and non-biblical themes. It has an elegant façade with an interior noted for its 400year old paintings and murals of Biblical and other themes.
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  Thazhathangadi Mosque  
 
Destination Thazhathangadi Mosque
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
This Syrian Orthodox church of Cheriyapally is dedicated to St. Mary. Built in 1579 AD, the church houses some exquisite vegetable dye paintings on the ceilings and walls depicting biblical and non-biblical themes. It has an elegant façade with an interior noted for its 400year old paintings and murals of Biblical and other themes.
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  Thirunakkara Mahadeva Shiva Temple  
 
Destination Thirunakkara Mahadeva Shiva Temple
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Sight
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
This temple was built in the South Indian style of temple architecture and it is situated in the heart of the town. The murals on the walls are a major attraction here. The sanctum sanctorum is decorated with scenes from Hindu epics. In the month of March, on the occasion of the annual temple festival the temple pulls in a large number of pilgrims.
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  Good Shepherd Church  
 
Destination Good Shepherd Church
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Sight
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
The Good Shepherd Church is the first church of the Diocese of Vijayapuram, built in the Italian style. The construction of the Church was completed in 1882 and was renovated in 1964. The annual feast of Good Shepherd is held here in the month of April every year.
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  Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary  
 
Destination Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Wildlife
Activities Boating/canoeing,Houseboat Backwater / River cruise
Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake about 16km west of Kottayam, is known for many varieties of waterfowl, teal, cormorant, cuckoo, and water ducks, as well as for snake birds, egrets, night herons and the migrating Siberian storks. The best months for bird watching are between October to July.
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  Bharananganam  
 
Destination Bharananganam
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Pilgrim Centre/Holy Place
Activities Pilgrimage/Place of worship
Bharananganam is a famous pilgrimage center near Pala in Kottayam District. It is situated along the banks of famous Meenachil River. Bharananganam received worldwide attention when Pope Benedict XVI canonized the first saint from an Indian Rite, Saint Alphonsa, on October 12, 2008.
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  Ettumanoor  
 
Destination Ettumanoor
Location Kottayam
State Kerala
Destination type Pilgrim Centre/Holy Place
Activities Heritage sight seeing,Pilgrimage/Place of worship,Fairs & festivals
Located about 12km from Kottayam, is a Hindu pilgrimage centre famous for its legendary 16th century Shiva temple. The temple is a specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of temple architecture, incorporating clear-cut woodcarvings and murals, including an exceptionally striking one of Shiva as Nataraja trampling underfoot the spirit of evil represented by a demon. The annual 10-day festival of the temple occurs in February/March.
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