Kottayam is often called as the gateway to the highlands in central Kerala. It is bordered by the silvery Vembanad Lake on the west and the mighty Western Ghats on the east. It is famous for its beautifully layered rubber plantations and is also the centre of the rubber trade in Kerala. Kottayam has a hilly terrain due to which it enjoys a mix of tropical and equatorial climate. It is famous for its churches Cheriapally [small church] in 1579 AD and Valiapally [Big church] in 1570 AD. It is renowned for its 8th century Persian Cross which has Pahlavi inscription on it.

Sight Seeing Places

The hilly terrain and high altitude influences the Kottayam climate. It has a blend of tropical and equatorial climate.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Kottayam with highest temperature recorded of 38.5°c. Summer Season at Kottayam is during March to May every year.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits cooling down the hot and humid land of Kottayam. This time is good to make a visit too, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem in outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Kottayam, as the cool breeze will pass through us, and it not only cools down our body but also refresh our mind. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 16°c.

Travel Mode

By Road - Kottayam is well connected by the National Highways as well as the State Highways. The neighbouring cities are Alleppey, Kochi, and Pathanamthitta which are 48kms, 65kms, and 58kms away from Kottayam respectively. There are frequent buses available from these cities to Kottayam.

By Air - The nearest International airport is Kochi International Airport which is 90 kms from Kottayam city. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is 160 kms from Kottayam city. From the Airport, there are taxi services and Government bus services available 24/7.

By Rail - Kottayam Railway Station is located within the city, and thereby reduces confusion among its visitors. There are trains available from and to Kottayam from all the cities in India.

Why Kottayam?

Visit Kottayam and experience the breathtaking scenes of the scintillating Kumarakom Backwaters and the lush countryside floating on the lake. Walk around the village and see for yourself the routine lifestyle of the people living at Kottayam. Watch the sunrise at the calm and quiet hilltop at Ilaveezhapoonchira. Visit and praise the Vaikom temple and the Thirunakkara temple for the artistic brilliance visible in its architecture. Go for fishing at the Vembanad Lake. Taste some exclusive Kottayam dishes. There is a lot you can do at Kottayam and make your vacation one of the most precious memories.

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