Kottayam, Tourist Attractions in Kottayam, Kottayam Tour

 Tourist Attractions in Kottayam

Tourist Attractions in Kottayam

The main tourist attractions in Kottayam are the Vembanad Lake, Anchuvilakku, Erumeli, Kannadipara, Vazhikkadavu.

Vembanad Lake
Kottayam has a vast network of rivers and canals which empty into the Vembanad Lake. The lake is an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, that provides boating, fishing and sightseeing opportunities. The serene lake comes alive during Onam with the spectacular snake boat races. It is very amazing to watch hundred of oarsmen in one boat, slicing their way through the waters to the fast rhythm of their own full throated singing.

Vembanad Lake, Kottayam Tourist Attraction

Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple

The 500 year old Shiva temple set in the heart of the town was built by a Thekkumkur Raja. This simple and small with interesting wall paintings is a fine specimen of Kerala temple architecture. Its low roof stage (koothambalam) and carved wooden bay windowns on all four sides are noteworthy. There are also subsidiary shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Ayyappa and Murugan. ‘Phalguna Utsav’, the annual festival is celebrated during March.


St. Mary’s Orthodox Church or ‘small church, Cheriapally:

It was built in 1579, by the Portuguese under the patronage of the local raja. The church with an elegant façade is a unique blend of temple and Portuguese architecture. Its interiors are embellished with fine vegetable dye paintings.


St. Mary’s Church or ‘big church’, Valiyapalli:

The ancient Syrian Christian church set atop a small hill was built in 1550, by the descendants of Syrian Knanya Christians.


Thazathangadi Jama Masjid:

The magnificent backwaters of Kottayam is must for every tourist visiting this charming town. Several operators at the jetty in Kodimatha provide tours around the Vembanad Lake. The best itinerary comprises of a visit to R-block, Kumarakom Sanctuary, Pathiramanal island en-route to Alappuzha.



Anchuvilakku, about 22 km from Kottayam is a stone lamp post, built near the Changancherry boat jetty. This lamp post is a typical example of Kerala architecture, and was built by the renowned freedom fighter Veluthampi Dalawa. The Changancherry market, one of the largest in Kerala, was also established by him. The five lamps on this post are lit by kerosene.


Erumeli is the nature rich village, about 60 kms northeast from Kottayam. It is nestled in the lush green Western Ghats. This village is also the entrance point to South India's most prominent pilgrim centre - the Sabrimala temple. Erumeli is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus and Muslims. Sree Dharmasastha Temple here is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. At Kanakapalam nearby, teak plantations dot the landscape.


The valley of this rocky mountain reflects the morning sun with a mirror like perfection. This is also the highest point in Ilaveezhapoonchira. The Pazhakakanam plateau is about 3 kms from here and nourished by the Kadapuzha river. Bamboo groves, meadows and wild flowers make this place exotic. The another attraction here is the Kazhukankulimali 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.

Nattakom and Panachikad

These are the two quiet villages and the scenic reservoirs together with vivid green adds charm to it. The migratory birds came to this verdant landscape in every summer and frolic in the natural splendours till the end of the season. A boat ride from Kodoorar in Panachikad to Kumarakom is a great way to relax and enjoy nature's bounties. Some of the facilities like an Ayurvedic massages to boating, fishing and swimming fulfills the recreational needs of the tourists.


Vazhikkadavu is a small hill station, situated on the outskirts of the district. This hill station of rocky terrain is known for its pristine nature. On one side of the main rock are extremely tall and steep rocks and on the other hand is a valley of fearful depth. Bordering this crude landscape like a silver lace is the Meenachil river. During the month of December, the landscape comes alive in a riot of colours with orchids and wild flowers.

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