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Kottayam(District)

   

Kerala District - Kottayam
 

About Kottayam

Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and Paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. Panoranic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, extensive rubber plantations and a totally literate people have given this district the enviable title: The land of letters, latex and lakes. Kottayam is the ideal take - off point for visits to Peermede, Munnar, Idukki, Thekkady, Ernakulam and the temple city of madurai.

 

Kottayam Facts and Figures
Area : 2203sq. km
Altitude : Sea Level
Population : 18,20,000 ( 1991 census )
 

How to Reach Kottayam
Air : Nearest airports Kochi (76 km), Thiruvananthapuram ( 160 km ).
Rail : The railway station is situated 2 km from the central bus station and is connected to the major cities of India.
Road : An excellent network of roads connects the districtto all themajor towns and cities of India.
Backwaters : There are two ferry stations. The Town Jetty is about 3 km from the railway station and operates services during the monsoon. During summer, boats are operated fro the Kodimatha Jetty.
 

Kottayam City
Kumarakom
An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangorve forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut roves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies.
 

In and Around Kottayam
Pathiramanal
This 10 arce island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology a young brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to rise from below, thus creating the enchanting island, Pathiramanal (sands of midnight).
 
Mannanam Tourist Home
This was set up by the DTPC to provide quality accommodation to the holidaying crowd. An intricate network of shimmering waterways embroider the richl green landscape, making the land charming in every detail. Boat cruise packages are being thoughtly the Pennar Canal to the pituresque backwater districts of Alappuzha and Ernakulam.
 
Karimbukayam - Meloram
This quaint spot on the Manimala River that flows between the Kanjirapally ( a plantation town) and Erumeli panchyat is much sought - after for ts natural splendours. However whats makes the place really popular are the occasional exotic water fiestas on the reservoirs organised by the enthusiastic people.

The natural reservoirs and waterfalls at Melaruvithodu on the Ernakulam - Thekkady road is in no way inferior to the other picturesque regions of Kottayam.
 
Erumeli
60 km north- east of Kottayam town. Nestled in the lush green Western Ghats is this nature-rich village. This is also the entrance point to South India's most prominent pilgrim centres - the Sabarmiala Temple. At Kanakapalam nearby, teak plantations dot the landscape.
Vavarambalam, Eumeli : This mosque is dedicated to Vavar, a companion of the deity - Sree Ayyappa - of the Sabarimala temple. The mosque is unique in that Hindu pilgrims customarily worship here before their trek to Sabarimala.
 
Ilaveezhapoonchira
Skirting the Kottayam district are beautiful valleys of Ilaveezhapoonchira, spread over thousands of acres. The verdant landscape punctuated by four gigantic hills, each rising to around 3200 ft., is an ideal place to unwind. During the monsoons when the valley fills up to form ascenic lake, this place unveils yet another beautiful slice of nature.
 
Kannadipara
As the name suggests, the valley of this rocky mountain reflect the morning sun with a mirror like perfection. This is also the hightest point in Ilaveezhapoonchira. 3 km from here is the Pazhakakanam Plateau nourished by the Kadapuzha River. An added attraction here is the Kazhukaniumlimali Waterfalls that playfully cascade down the mountain and greet the river below with a magnificent splash. On the eastern side of Kannadipara is a natural fort set amidst steep rocks.
 
Marmala Stream
This scenic stream and its breathtaking waterfalls are together referred to as the enchantress of the jungle. Sliding down numerous hillocks from a height of 200ft. the gushing water has etched out over the years a deep pond in the rocks.
 
Poonjar Palace
It contains extraordinary royal collection of antiques and exquisite furniture which include a palanquin, a thoni- careved out of a single piece of wood- for ayurvedic massages, huge chandeliers, palm leaf engravings, jewel boxes, different varieties, sculptures etc. The most fascinating thing here in the Chuttuvilakku carved out on stone walls of the Sastha Temple nearby. Such rocks are rare in India.
 

Backwaters Tour packages
Tour 01 - 06 nights / 07 Days Tour 03 - 06 nights / 07 Days
Tour 02 - 08 nights / 09 Days Tour 04 - 05 nights / 06 Days
 

Stay in Kottayam Hotels
Kumarakom Lake Resort Hotel Coconut Lagoon
Hotel Whispering Palms Hotel Taj Garden Retreat
 


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