Travel Attractions of Kottayam

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Published: 23rd October 2012
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A trip to Kottayam could be a good idea if you plan to visit Kerala, affectionately and correctly known as ‘God’s Own Country’. This small city is spread out over an area of around 55 sq. km and hardly 150 km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. The name ‘Kottayam’ is believed to mean ‘the interior of the fort’ as ‘Kott’ means fort and ‘akam’ means inside. Kottayam is also situated pretty close to the tourist destinations of Kumarakom and Munnar. For a brief understanding of Kottayam’s main tourist attractions as well as a little basic knowledge on Kumarakom and Munnar, have a look at this Kottayam travel guide.



Hill trip to Vennimala



Most people who travel to Kottayam often end up at the beautiful hilltop destination of Vennimala. The place is located just about 15 km from the main town of Kottayam and top attractions here are the Lord Sri Rama and Laxman temples. The temple was consecrated by Cheraman Perumal, ancient Kerala’s illustrated emperor. The temple also served as the residential aboard for the Tekkumkoor Dynasty. Every year, 28 days of festivities are held here. Besides the temple, the Vennimala Hill in itself is a very popular attraction and is strewn around with little freshwater ponds. Kottayam tourism owes a lot of its popularity to the tourist interest in Vennimala.



Village Travel in Kottayam



Kottayam travel also promises a lovely laid back village experience and some of the best spots for such an experience include Kallara, Kaduthuruthy and Thalayolaparambu. These places are full of huge stretches of soothing green paddy plantations, often broken by canals. The canals flow into the Ezhumanturuth backwaters to finally merge with the huge Vembanad Lake. The intricate canal network also doubles up as waterways for connecting Kallara with Vaikom and Kumarakom in the North and South respectively. Some of the must visit places on the village trail include Ponnurukkumparaand Karikkal, Mundar, Kapikkad and Ayamkudi to name few. In a nutshell, you should definitely include village trips in your travel planner for Kottayam.



Visit to Matrumala Temple



Want to take home a pious memory of your Kottayam tour? Well, check out the Matrumala Temple. To reach Maturmala, one first needs to travel to Pamapadi and then climb a hill. Owing to its hilltop location, the spot also offers fabulous views of the surrounding landscape. It is said that the temple here was built by none other than the legendary Parasurama, a well known mythological figure, who supposedly created Kerala. Belief goes that Parasurama himself placed the idols of the seven Goddesses (Saptamathas) here. Overall, you won’t regret if you plan a trip here.



Tourist places near Kottayam



A couple of destinations you may be interested in if you are looking for tourist places near Kottayam are Kumarakom and Munnar. Here is a quick travel planner to both these places from Kottayam.



Trip to Kumarakom



The Kottayam to Kumarakom distance is only about 10 km. Some of the sightseeing attractions that make your Kottayam to Kumarakom trip worthwhile are Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Vembanad Lake. You can travel from Kottayam to Kumarakom by car in hardly half an hour’s time.



Trip to Munnar



The distance from Kottayam to Munnar is approximately 140 km. You can travel from Kottayam to Munnar by car in about three hour’s time.


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