Kottayam Tourism

Image of Kottayam TownKottayam city is the district headquarters and an urban centre.However,by no means, can it be termed ‘cosmopolitan, nor does it posses the bustle of large city. As a local put it, ‘the world seems to have bypassed Kottayam’.Chiefly known for its lakes, letters and latex, an undoubtedly unusual combination,Kottayam,in fact, is a land of many accomplishments.

Ever since Benjamin Bailey set up Kerala’s first printing press in Kottayam, the district has been at the forefront of the publishing industry.Today, 80 % of the books published in Kerala come from Kottayam. Kottayam is also the nerve centre of the newspaper industry in Kerala – five major dailies are published from Kottayam.Today, however, Kottayam is better known for the nearby attractions of the Vembanad Lake and the backwaters of Kumarakom.

The economic strength of the large Christian community most of them owners of sprawling plantations, makes Kottayam the most prosperous town in Kerala. This is barely visible on the surface, though, as the town shuns pretensions and zealously clings to its age old laidback ways. Thazhathangady , a quiet hamlet off the Meenachil River is one of the tourist destinations in Kerala drawing crowds for its picturesque landscape, historical monuments and communal harmony. Illikkal Kallu is a adventurous weekend destination in Kottayam district.

For details of Kottayam District and Kerala tourism, see the web page http://halokerala.com/picnic-spots/kottayam/

Sights

Valiyapalli

Valiyapalli or big church was built in 1550 by descendants of the 72 families whose forefathers were the seven clans who migrated to India in 345 AD from Jerusalem. Built entirely of wood, the church was demolished in 1577,and a new one built of stone. It is famous for its interesting woodcarving, ancient Persian crosses, mural paintings and Syrian inscriptions.

Cheriyapalli

This is one of the few old churches that still exist in an almost original state. Built in 1579, extensive restoration work was carried out and completed in 1993, but without changing architectural details. The façade is European, whereas the granite pillars lining the porch, added later resemble those found in temples.

Good Shepherd Church

Constructed in 1882 and removed in 1964, this is the first church of the Diocese of Vijayapuram and was built in the Italian style.

Thirunakkara Temple

The highlight of the Thirunakkara shrine (Mahadeva Temple) , built by a Thekkumkoor king, is the low roofed stage or koothambalam, one of the finest in Kerala. The carved wooden windows encircling the stage facilitate viewing of performances.

Vennimala

Vennimala is a serene and beautiful place located in the Puthuppalli village panchayath of Kottayam district.

Kallara

Kallara ,a small town 20 km northwest of Kottayam,is now known as an educational centre and educational tourism for its number of established schools.

Ilaveezhapoonchira

This is one of the best place in Kerala to enjoy both sunrise and sunset.It is named so becuase the place has no trees,spread over thousands of acres.Ilaveezhapoonchira means valley where leaves don't fall.

Kudamaloor

Kudamaloor is the citadel of ancient Kerala and a typical Kerala rural village.This ancient village situated in Kottayam town.

Ettumanoor Sri Mahadeva Temple

The temple of Ettumanoorappan or the Sri Mahadeva Temple has a special sanctity and glorious history of its own. Owing to the potency and all prevading power of the “Aghora Moorthy” the Temple stands first among the places of worships and pilgrimage in South India arid it attracts devotees not only from India but also from abroad.Nalumanikkattu (evening breeze), a village roadside responsibility tourism project on the Manarcadu – Ettumanoor bypass road in Kottayam District

Getting There

By Air: The nearest is Cochin International Airport, 93 km away.

By Rail: Daily trains connect Kottayam railway station to all major cities.

By Road: SH 1 connect Thiruvananthapuram and Angamaly and passes through Kottayam.NH 220 connects to Madurai in Tamil Nadu.Kottayam KSRTC bus stand has services from all major cities in Kerala.

Where to stay

For details of hotels and resorts in Kottayam,see accommodation listing on http://halokerala.com/hotels/kottayam/

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