Kottayam Tourism, Kerala

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About Kottayam - Kerala Tourism

Kottayam is a beautiful travel destination that provides some of Kerala's finest natural scenes sandwiched between serene palm-fringed backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats on the east. The town is visited by travellers for its green surroundings, placid lakes, and lush paddy fields. The famous Vembanad Lake, which is the largest lake in India is one of the main tourist attraction in Kottayam.

Travellers can also enjoy the panoramic house boat ride in this lake and travel to nearby places. The city being a major one in Kerala is used as the halting point to travel to the nearby destinations of Kumarakom - a majestic backwater village and Vagamon - a beautiful hill station covered with tea plantations. Other important tourist attractions in the vicinity of this town are St. Mary's Jacobite church and Shri Bhagvathy temple in the village of Manarkadu.

Kottayam is located in the south central part of Kerala, at a distance of 150 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The town is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Kottayam is also home to major newspaper agencies headquarters including Malayalam Manorama, Deepika and Mangalam. The city is also one of the pioneers in education in India, and it is one of the first cities to achieve 100% literacy in the year 1989.

The city is home to a popular ancient temple of Thirunakkara Mahadeva, which dates back to 16th century. Tourists will also find the beautiful murals in the temple to be very interesting. Thousands of travellers visit Kottayam to attend the Thirunakkara Arattu festival, which is a ten day festival that includes traditional dance performances like Kathakali and other entertaining programs. The festival takes place in the month of March every year.

Other popular tourist attractions here are Thazhathangady Juma Masjid - one of the oldest mosques in India and Syrian Christian Church. The city also hosts a flower show and food festival annually in the month of January. The handicrafts made by local craftsmen are also popular among travellers.

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