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You can have a chance to view boat races here During Onam festival. You should visit Puthuppally St.George Church which is one of the oldest and most renowned churches of Malankara old time Church. You can go to Maramala Waterfalls to have the pleasure of natural beuty at its best the fall is situated in Kottayam district. It is far about 7 Kms from Teekoy rubber estate. This is an ideal place for trekking and is lovable by the nature lovers. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls is also a beautiful fall located in Kottayam district around 2 kms from Kumarakom. This place is a very beautiful picnic location. Major backwater of Kerala is Kumarakom Backwaters a famous destination among tourist. The Kumarakom backwaters are a place where many rivers and lakes flow into the Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is situated around 15 kms from the Kottayam town. Vembanad Lake is situated in Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a group of islands which is a part of the Kuttanad area and interesting thing is that some parts of Kumarakom lies below the sea level. There is a bird sanctuey in Kumarakom which is located on the banks of Vembanad Lake and it covers an area of fourteen acres. Many variety of long travelling birds are found here. These birds may be either from the Himalayas or maybe even more far from there. You can have joy of trekking in Kottayam at Ayyampara which is a well known location at a height of 2000 ft above sea level. As this is an area of rocks and huge plains it looks like a granite stadium. From here the view of town is very calm and sweet. As this is not much crowded place you can see the beauty of sunset from here. There is a beautiful hilltop destination called Vennimala which has a lot of green vegetation and rubber plantations. There are many fresh water ponds which are well preserved.
Vaikom: Vaikom is one of the most famous places around Kottayam as there are many varieties of tourist attractions. This town is home to some of the most beautiful backwaters of Kerala like Kumarakom and there are many rich historical places and heritage temples that add a long lasting-world charm to it.
Elaveezha Poonchira: This place is surrounded by three hills named as Mankunnu, Kodayathoormala and Thonippara. Elaveezha Poonchira is a top most tourist place in Kottayam. It is popular for its wonderful views and full of greenery, Elaveezha Poonchira is filled with numerous waterfalls and secret keepers. You should visit this place for its beauty.
Nadukani: This place is one of the popular hill stations near Kottayam and is a popular picnic spot among locals. From the top of Nadukani you will be able to see wonderful views of the landscapes covered by dense forests such as Nilgiri Mountains, Muvattupuzha River, mystical valleys, and colourful forests. When you will reach the destination trip would be truly worth it.
Island of Pathiramanal: This Island is located in the popular Vembanad Lake; this wonderful island is one of the most famous islands in Kerala. In the way to this island you will see many rare birds’ coconut palms and whispering waters. The lovely farmlands get converted to thick forests, and thick forests to paddy fields. The varied vegetation is awesome on this island.
Food: ‘Naadan’ is local food of kottayam. You Can also try ‘Kappa Puzhungiyathu’(boiled Tapioca) , which is an integral part of a Central -Travancore meal .You should check it out with unbeatable Mulaku Pottichathu.
Shopping: In Kottayam visitors have splendid experience of shopping. This town is famous for its handmade products. You should not forget to add some spices in your shopping list which are specialty of the place.
How to reach Kottayam By Air: Kochi International Airport (Cochin) is the nearest airport which is 93 km away from Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram airport is 152 km away, also can be used as an entry point.
How to reach Kottayam By Train: The town has its own railway station which is connected to major cities and towns of Kerala.
How to reach Kottayam By Bus: There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Kottayam.
How to reach Kottayam By Taxi: As this place is well connected via road from all major cities and towns so you can hire a taxi to reach Kottayam.
Distance of Kottayam from major cities:
Kochi (52.7 Kms), Thiruvanthapuram (129Kms), Madurai (179.5 Kms), Dindigul (181.4 Kms), Selam (291.9 Kms)