Bordered by the grand Western Ghats on the east, and the Vembanad Lake and scenic paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a beautiful land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, waterways, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills, extensive rubber plantations, and a totally literate people have given Kottayam district the enviable title, The land of Letters, Legends, Latex and Lakes. Kottayam has a few firsts to its credit including the distinction of having been the first to achieve 100 per cent literacy in Kerala. The first English education centre and Kerala’s first printing press were also set up in Kottayam. Kottayam is also the largest producer of natural rubber in India.

Attractions in Kottayam, around and from Kottayam

  • Cheriyapally Built in 1579, this is one of the only churches that still exists in its near original state. Influenced by Portuguese architecture, the church has a baroque style façade

  • Good Shepherd Church Constructed in 1882 and renovated in 1964, this is the first church of the Diocese of Vijayapuram to be built in the Italian style. The annual feast of the church behind the civil station is held ever

  • Kumarakom Yet another beautiful and famous destination on the bank of Vembanad lake, with abundant greenery, canals, lakes, coves, lush green paddy fields, meandering waters, mangrove with bird sanctuary are so

  • Pala and Kanjirapally Nourished by two rivers, these two towns close to Kottayam are centres of rubber plantation

  • Thirunakkara Temple The highlight of this shrine, believed to have been built by a Thekkumkor king, is the low roofed stage or ‘koothambalam,’ one of the finest in the whole state. The carved wooden windows encirclin

  • Valiyapally Valiyapally, literally meaning ‘big church’, was built in 1550 by the descendants of the 72 families whose forefathers were believed to be among the seven clans who migrated to India in 345 AD fro