Kerala, also known as "God's Own
Country" is one of the most popular tourism destinations
in India. It's tropical climate, beautiful palm-fringed
beaches with pristine stretches of sand, the serenity of
the backwaters and the clear blue Arabian Sea, make Kerala
one of the most beautiful destinations in India.
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The word Kottayam is a composition of the words Kotta
(meaning fort) and Akkam (meaning inside). Kottayam is one
of the beautiful backwaters sites attracting tourists
throughout the year. Being a mountainous region with scenic
landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples and
churches make this a place of tourist haven. Lying
below the sea level, some of its nearby places are also a
treat to the eyes.
Kottayam – Climate The best time to visit this place is during the months
of August and March when the tropical climate is not so hot
and humid. This makes traveling comfortable. Light winter
sweaters and a shawl would be enough to meet the chill here.
Peermed, an inviting hill resort with an altitude of 1066
meters, is a place worth visiting while going to Kottayam.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is another place worth visiting
from Kottayam. It is the place to go if one wants to have a
look at the natural habitat of elephants, the tiger and the
The Thirunakkara Shiva Temple is also a famous must-see spot
in Kottayam. The temple is a storehouse of the typical
Kerala temple culture. The walls of the temple are decorated
with beautiful paintings. Phalguna Utsav is celebrated here
every March. The Kootiattam or the Sanskrit dramas are also
an event of attraction in Kottayam.
One of the places to visit near Kottayam is Kumarakom. It is
in the west of the Vembanad Lake. This lake is also famous
for the seasonal migratory birds that come to this bird
sanctuary in their respective seasons. Backwater cruises are
accessible from this spot. A number of visitors flock to
this place during the tourist season while visiting Kottayam.
Forty km north of Kottayam is another important Shiva temple
known as the Vaikom Temple. This temple is associated with
the legendry Parasurama. This temple also depicts the
typical Kerala temple culture and is worth visiting while
holidaying in Kottayam. Wagamon is another place to visit
while going for excursion in and around Kottayam. The place
is 60 km from Kottayam town. This place has good spots for
trekking and so the place is called the trekkers' paradise.
A few other places worth visiting while at Kottayam are St
Mary's Church (Valiapally), St Mary's Orthodox Church (Cheriyapally),
and St Joseph's Monastery (Mannanam).