Kottayam located towards the centre of Kerala is the most literate town in India and it is also the first town in India which has attained 100% literacy. It is a feat in itself while considering the overall literacy of India and one can easily say that being in Kerala—the highest literate state in India—is a contributing factor. Kottayam is spotted with several leading newspapers in Kerala and India, one of which is Malayalam Manorama, the 5th most circulated newspaper in the whole world. Several publishing houses and several venerated colleges together made Kottayam be called the letter capital in Kerala.
The town is situated abreast the scintillating backwaters of Kumarakom and the majestic Western Ghats making it one of the most geography blessed places in Kerala. Renowned for its exceptional spice gardens and rubber estates, Kottayam is as Keralite as any city can get.
Kottayam in all its exceptional natural beauty is an ideal place to be with your loved ones on a holiday and you will surely have exciting, thrilling and unforgettable moments here to take back to your home. In all its natural glory, Kottayam is a magnificently breathtaking place with green stretches of landscapes and hills that are often clad in snowy mists. Wherever you wander, you will sure gaze upon the expansive settings, grassy highlands and spotless knolls and hillocks, all of which will leave you gasping for breath.
Being a popular confluence of the historical heritage of Kerala and its natural beauty, Kottayam is one of the most well-liked tourist destinations in Kerala. With an aim to enjoy the cultural richness and arresting natural beauty of Kottayam, tens of thousands of people flock the district of Kottayam from around the world.
Some of the most exciting places to understand the rich cultural heritage of Kottayam and Kerala are;
- Poonjar Palace
- Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple
- Pallippurathu Kavu Temple
- Thiruverpu Temple
- Saraswathy Temple
- Subramanya Swami Temple is one of the very few temples in Kerala where the Lord Subramanya is worshipped.
- Thazhathangady Juma Masjid
- St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church
These religious spots are the best places to understand the cultural heritage and opulence of Kerala. While culture is not all that is exciting about Kottayam, the natural beauty is equally exciting.
Kottathavalam Cave is an interesting spot for tourists holidaying in Kottayam. Nattakam and Panachikadu are two of the most beautiful and scenic villages in Kottayam that you must not forget to visit. A visit to the stunning hill station that is Elaveezhapoonchira is another activity to indulge in while visiting Kottayam. Kottayam is also a rare place where you can relish indulging in enthralling adventures, such as a league of water activities, trekking, fishing and swimming along with several other activities.
The fact that the best rubber in the country is made in Kottayam makes it an exciting place to witness the expansive rubber plantations. Kottayam, along with everything else that makes it an exceptional place to be at, is also the first eco-city in India.