Land of letters, lakes and latex, Kottayam holds its own niche in the history and culture of Kerala. It houses the head quarters of many newspapers and the CMS College, the first college in Kerala. Guarded by Western Ghats in the east and nourished by Vembanad lake in the west, Kottayam is located at the heart of Kerala. It is famous for its backwaters, churches, temples and scenic beauty. Trip to Kottayam is ideal for those who want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life as Kottayam is famous for temples, churches, backwaters, silver chains of waterfalls, solo Vaikom and rolling hills of Wagamon. There is no doubt that the trip is a vent from the hurry- burry of daily life.
How to reach Kottayam
Kottayam does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Kochi Airport.
- Kochi Airport (COK), Ernakulam, Kerala: 51 km away
- Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TRV), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala: 127 km away
You can easily get regular trains to Kottayam from other major cities of the country. Railway Station(s):
- Kottayam (KTYM)
There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Kottayam. Bus Station(s):
Best Time to visit Kottayam
Kottayam is at its best during the months of September – December. The cool breeze brought by the winter makes it the ideal time to explore the district.
Summer in Kottayam
Summer in Kottayam falls in the months of March – June. The temperature is in between 22 degree Celsius to 39 degree Celsius. It is better to avoid this scorching heat of the Sun.
Monsoon in Kottayam
Monsoon Season is from July to September. This is not ideal for tours as you have to stay indoors.
Winter in Kottayam
Winter starts from September and ends in December. Nature is at its best during this season. You will have pleasant evenings and nights.
Places to visit in Kottayam
Vaikom is a favourite hideout of people who want to enjoy backwaters. There are also many temples to visit. Its serenity and lucid beauty can never be replaced by anything. Kottayam has many haunts blessed with scenic beauty for you to spend your me or we time.
The Panachikkad Temple
The Panachikkad Temple is also known as Dakshina Mookambika of South India. It is located 11km away from Kottayam. The main deity is Mahavishnu, who is worshiped along with Saraswati. Ganapathi, Siva, Sasthavu and Yakshi are the sub deities. The idol of Saraswati Devi is placed on a creeper in a pond. The creeper neither grows nor flowers. This creeper is a mystery for Science, that many visit to research on it.
Guarded by three hills- Mankunnu, Kodayathoormala and Thonippara – Elaveezha Poonchira is a place you should visit. It is famous for lush greenery, waterfalls and secret hideouts. It is a perfect place for trekking.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
At the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a haven for bird lovers. It is a home to many migratory birds and deers. If you want to rest at the lap of nature, then Kumarakom is the right choice.
Opening hours : All days of the week from 6.30 am to 5 pm
Entry fee : INR 50 per head for Indians and INR 100 per head for non-Indians.
Island of Pathiramanal
The Island of Pathiramanal is a quaint island located between the districts of Alapuzha and Kottayam. The island is surrounded by the Vembanad Lake and is home to many rare species of migratory birds.
The name Pathiramanal means 'sands of night'. The island is a paradise for bird watchers. It is a natural abode for around 91 local species of birds and 50 migratory birds. It is accessible only by backwater cruise, motor boat or speed boat.
It is one of the popular hill stations in the district of Kottayam. Blessed with mystical valleys, dense forest and Muvatupuzha river, it is a sure tourist place to visit in Kottayam.
A magnificent cave, carved out of a rock surface, Kottathavalam is located at Murugan Malai in Vagamon. It is believed to be the resting place of Madurai Royal Family. The cave is ornamented with various sculptures of Gods and Goddesses along with the sculptures of weapons used in the ancient times giving us a glance into the amazing past.
Marmalade waterfalls is seven kilometres away from Teekoy which is near to Erattupeta, Kottayam. A twenty four hour available Jeep can take the tourist through the narrow road that leads to the Waterfall. The Waterfall is sixty metres in height and falls into a twelve metre deep pool.
Monroe Lighthouse offers a magnificent view of Kottayam, including the backwaters of beautiful Vembanad. It is located in Pallom at a distance of about 8 km from Kottayam. Come to this lighthouse to view lush green paddy fields, and do not forget to take a camera as the Sunset here is awesome.
Poonjar Palace is a beautiful palace that stands head tall for the royal kingdom that it was. Though not very well-maintained, it steals the hearts of the visitors with its intricate wooden carvings. One of the top tourist places in Kottayam, Poonjar Palace is worth a visit. If not for historical importance, then definitely for its architecture.
Opening hours : From 9 am to 7 pm, throughout the week
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Bay Island Driftwood Museum is a home to a large collection of articles carved from either driftwood or any other wood recovered from the water. There is a variety of themes and patterns of the exhibits. Art-lovers and fascinated tourists will never forget to include the Bay Island Driftwood Museum in the list of places to visit. If you are one among them, make sure to visit this museum.
Opening hours : From 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays, and from 11.30 am to 5 pm on Sundays. Mondays are weekly offs.
Entry fee : Entry to the museum is by ‘Pass’ only
Sunny’s Gramophone Museum
Sunny’s Gramophone Museum has a large collection of gramophones, records, antique music equipment, and vinyls. The museum also houses historic accounts relating to the origin of music and the use of gramophones. It is the best tourist place in Kottayam to visit if you are interested in antiques and gramophones.
Opening hours : Only on Saturdays and Sundays, from 2 pm to 7 pm