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Kottayam is categorised as Pilgrimage / Business and Transit


Backwaters of Kottayam (Nivalink Trip Dated - 21 April 2010)
One of the many Churches seen on Kanjurapally - Thodupuzha route (Nivalink Trip Dated - 24 April 2006)
Ettumanoor Shiva temple (photo courtesy: Rklystron)
Vazhappally Mahadeva Temple (Photo Courtesy: RajeshUnuppally)
Thrikodithanam Temple (photo courtesy: Raji.srinivas)
Panachikkadu Temple (photo courtesy: arunpnair)

Reasons to Visit
  • Kottayam is a base town for Rubber Plantations around the area and one of the largest rubber trading centers.
  • 15 km from Kottayam is Kumarakom, which is on the banks of Vembanad Lake where a lot of luxury resorts are situated.
  • Kottayam district is home to many Churches and Shiva Temples that are visited as part of a pilgrimage
  • Kottayam area is home to many charming heritage & backwater homestays and getaway resorts.
Recommendations
  • Significant Hindu Pilgrimages in and around South Kerala"Kottayam district is home to two significant Lord Shiva Temples i.e. Ettumanoor Siva Temple and Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple. These are visited alongwith Vaikom Mahadeva Temple as part of a pilgrim circuit. Thrikodithanam Temple at Changanacherry (15 kms) is also visited enroute."
  • Airports and Access Points for Destinations in Kerala"Kottayam Railway Station is access point to visit Lake and backwater areas of Kumarakom, Temples of Kottayam and Plantation highland areas around Kottayam (Pala, Kanjirapally, Teekoy, Peermedu, Thekkady). "
  • Christian Pilgrimages in South India"Bharananganam (25 kms from Kottayam) is a 1000 year old St Mary’s Church here and an important pilgrim centre. The mortal remains of the Blessed Sr. Alphonsa are laid to rest here. "
Access Information

Kottayam has 22 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

CategoryCount
Mid-segment10
Premium8
Luxury2
Experiential2
Type of HotelsCount
Resort18
Hotel3
Homestay1

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2 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Kottayam

CategoryCount
Short Break (4-6 nights)1
Holiday (7 or more)1

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List of Holidays for Kottayam

Short Break

  • Kerala Hindu Pilgrim Break (4 Nights)

Holiday

  • South India Hindu Pilgrimage Itinerary (9 Nights)

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Kottayam has 14 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and KottayamRs. 3638

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Alleppey to Kottayam region Major Temples Day visit and backRs. 3287
Day Visit Major Churches in Kottayam region and backRs. 1878
Day Visit Major Temples in Kottayam region and backRs. 1878
Day Visit to major Temples of Ernakulam and Kottayam AreaRs. 3638
Kottayam to Rubber Plantation Day visit backRs. 1878

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Alleppey Town and KottayamRs. 3287

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Kottayam Railway Station and Plantation bungalow in KanjirapallyRs. 1878
Pickup/Drop between Kottayam Railway Station and Plantation bungalow in PalaRs. 1878
Pickup/Drop between Kottayam Railway Station and Plantation bungalow in TeekoyRs. 2231
Pickup/Drop between Kottayam Railway Station and Resort in PeermeduRs. 4460
Pickup/Drop between Kottayam Railway Station and Resort/Homestay in KumarakomRs. 1878
Pickup/Drop between Kottayam Railway Station and Resort/Homestay in Kumily, ThekkadyRs. 4460
Pickup/Drop Kottayam Railway Station and Resort in Vandhanmedu, ThekkadyRs. 4694

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Kottayam has 1 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

CategoryCount
Experience1

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List of Service Add Ons for Kottayam

Experience

Services Rates Starting From
A Day with the FarmersRs. 1350

11 Travel Ideas listed for Kottayam. Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

  • Churches in the Kottayam Area
  • Experiences in Kerala
  • Kerala Craft, Culture, Churches, Temples, Festivals and Heritage
  • Kerala Homestay / Small Owner managed stay Experience
  • Major Pilgrimage centers In and around Alleppey Area
  • Major Temples and Pilgrimage centers In and around Kottayam Area

Festivals linked to Kottayam (Kerala)

  • Attuvela Mahotsavam
  • Manarcad Perunnal
  • Parumala Perunnal
  • Thirunakkara Festival
  • Vaikathashtami Festival

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple is a Lord Shiva temple, one of the 108 Shiva temples created by Lord Parasurama. The temple is located in heart of Kottayam.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    1
    Parippu Sree Mahadeva Temple is a Lord Shiva temple in Kottayam area and one of the 108 Lord Shiva temples created by Lord Parasurama.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    8
    Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple dated mid-16th century. Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is one among the 108 Shivalayas created by Lord Parasurama.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    9
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Panachikkadu Temple is a temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati in Panachikkad. It is also known as the Dakshina Mookambika (Mookambika of the south) Temple and one of the most worshipped Mookambika temple after the Mookambika temple in Kollur in coastal Karnataka
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    11
    Vazhappally Mahadeva Temple is Lord Shiva temple near Changanassery and is one of the 108 Lord Shiva temples created by Lord Parasurama.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    19
    Cherpunkal Church is a famous Church in the name of Infant Jesus and visited every First Friday.
    Church
    Roman Catholic Church
    20
    Thrikodithanam Temple is said to be one of the five temples where the idol of Lord Vishnu, worshipped by the Pandavas is kept. Deepam (lamp) festival held every November/December. This temple is also counted among the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu, which make a Vaishnavites pilgrimage itinerary, in India.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Vishnu, Divya Desam
    21
    Puliyannoor Mahadeva Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple in Pala area. The temple is locally very significant and is renowned for the 8-day festival that is held here annually (Feb - March).
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    22
    Lalam Mahadeva Temple an ancient Lord Shiva temple and is renowned as Dakshina Kasi (Kashi (Varanasi) of South). This temple is equivalent to Kasi Viswanatha Temple at Varanasi.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    23
    Kizhathadiyoor Thrukkayil Mahadeva Temple near Pala is an ancient Lord Shiva temple and is the biggest temple in Pala region.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    24
    Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple is a Lord Shiva Temple and one among the 108 Lord Shiva temples created by Lord Parasurama. Kaduthuruthy is a renowned pilgrim center of Kottayam area on the Kottayam-Vaikom road.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    24
    St. Marys Church, the Valia Palli (the Big Church) was built in 1550 by Knanaya Syrian Christians who immigrated from West Asia, and is considered the first Christian church in Kottayam town. This church is famous for its two Persian crosses made of granite. There are rare antique carvings and mural paintings behind the main altar and on the ceiling of the church
    Church
    Syrian Catholic
    24
    Kadappattoor Mahadeva Temple is a Lord Shiva temple near Pala and one of the prominent temples of the area.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    24
    The Malliyoor Sree Mahaganapathy Temple is an ancient Lord Ganesha temple in Kottayam area.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Ganesha
    25
    St Marys Jacobite Syrian Church, Manarkadu is another very important and famous Christian church in Kottayam. This church is located at Manarcadu, near Kottayam.
    Church
    Syrian Catholic
    26
    Thiruvayamkudy Mahadeva Temple is an ancient Shiva temple in Kottayam district with dating back to 890 AD.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    27
    St. George Church, Puthupally, and the Vakathanam Palli are two ancient churches frequented by pilgrims.
    Church
    Syrian Catholic
    29
    The 1000 year old St Mary's Church here is an important pilgrim centre in Kerala. The mortal remains of the Blessed St. Alphonsa are laid to rest here.
    Church
    Syrian Catholic
    31
    Vezhanganam Mahadeva Temple is a Lord Shiva temple situated in Bharananganam area dating back to 1500 years
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    32
    The Vaikom Mahadevar temple is one of the most celebrated Shiva temples in Kerala and is one among the 108 Sivalayas created by Lord Parasurama
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    32
    Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple is a renowned Lord Shiva temple 35 kms from Kottayam.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    35
    A prominent religious institution belonging to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church and a seminary for aspiring priests for Syrian Christians in Kerala, is located in Chungam, Kottayam.
    Church
    Syrian Catholic
    52
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Kumarakom overlooks Vembanad lake and has its own stretch of Backwaters (much smaller than alleppey) as well. Day cruises / hourly boat rides are popular and available from Kumarakom jetty.
    Activity, View Point
    Lake Views, Village Visit
    15

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  • Marari ( 42 Km )

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  • Teekoy ( 43 Km )

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  • Vagamon ( 56 Km )

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  • Kollam ( 102 Km )

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  • Manapad ( 282 Km )

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  • Karur ( 325 Km )

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  • Kannur ( 325 Km )

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  • Coonoor ( 327 Km )

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  • Salem ( 398 Km )

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  • Mysore ( 441 Km )

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Average Day / Night Temperature of Kottayam,Kerala,India

January
34°C / 22°C
February
34°C / 23°C
March
35°C / 25°C
April
35°C / 26°C
May
33°C / 26°C
June
30°C / 24°C
July
30°C / 24°C
August
31°C / 24°C
September
31°C / 24°C
October
32°C / 25°C
November
32°C / 24°C
December
33°C / 23°C

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Getting There

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Kottayam
Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
AymanamA backwater area at 5 kms from Kottayam town centre having a rural landscape with farms around itGetaway-
Town CentreA base town for rubber plantations trading and a major railhead for accessing plantations highlands areas aroundTransit/Business3
KumaranalloorA plantation area by a backwater canal at 3 kms from Kottayam town centreGetaway-
MariathuruthuA quiet rural countryside area overlooking a rivulet at 5 kms from KottayamGetaway-
Nearest Airport in Kottayam
  • Cochin International Airport ( COK ) , Cochin (Ernakulam)-72 Kms
Railway Stations in Kottayam
  • Kottayam ( KTYM ), Kottayam
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