Kottayam Travel Guide

Known widely as the land of rubber, newspaper and lakes, Kottayam is sandwiched between the mighty Western Ghats and the gorgeous chain of backwaters which lies parallel to the Arabian Sea. The most precious asset that Kottayam takes pride in is its picturesque chain of brackish lagoons and lakes at the world famous tourist destination Kumarakom. It is a perfect backwater destination and is one of the most sought after destination in Kerala next to the Alleppey backwaters. Kottayam is well known in international level for its rubber cultivation and spice trade.

  • History
  • Culture
  • Occupation
  • Festivals
  • Climate
  • How to Reach?

Kottayam was previously a part of the Kingdom of Travancore. It was only in 1949 that Kottayam was declared a separate district. It used to and still plays a significant role in the political movement of Kerala state. Kottayam also witnessed the famous Vaikom Satyagraha which included the national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Ramaswamy Iyer. The first printing press in Kerala, the C.M.S Press was established at Kottayam by Rev. Benjamin Baily in 1821.

Kottayam is a Christian dominated district with likely 20 % of Muslims and Hindus. Therefore the culture of Kottayam district is influenced by the Christian Community. It reflects on their cuisine which slightly differs from the rest of Kerala. The deliberate use with spices and coconut milk in most of their gives a distinct aroma and taste to the Kottayam Cuisine. People here are friendly and respectable.

Kottayam�s rich soil is best suited for Rubber and spice cultivation which are the major source of livelihood at Kottayam. It tops the list of the largest rubber producers in India.

The Vaikathashtami at the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is the most celebrated festival in Kottayam. Devotees from various parts of the country visit the temple to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Arattu Festival on Thiruvathira day is celebrated in a grand style at the Ettumanoor Shiva Temple. It is also attended by tens of thousands of people. Other than the temple festivals, Christmas, New Year and Onam are celebrated widely at Kottayam.

Summer starts by March in Kottayam and lasts till May. This is not the best time to make a visit as the heat is sometimes unbearable. The monsoon hits by June and lasts till the month of September. This is also not the best time for a visit, however those who love rain you will love Kottayam�s wet green outfit during this period. Therefore best time to make a visit to this backwater destination is the Winter [October- February]. The climate is lovely and the temperature range about 24°c most of the time. Nights are much cooler than morning hours.

By Road: Kottayam city 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, 90 kms away from the Kottayam city. From the Airport, grab a taxi or board in a government run bus to reach Kottayam.

By Rail: Kottayam Railway Station is located at the heart of the city. There are frequent trains from almost all major cities in India that pass through Kottayam.

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Places to Visit in Kottayam


Kerala beaches are the perfect place to relax and chill out. These pristine beaches attracts many tourists all around the world.


Kerala temples are simple but very auspicious. The wooden walls adorned with oil lamps is a marvelous sight to behold. Visit Kerala temples and amass the blessings of Gods.

Hill Stations

Kerala “The God’s own land” is known for its verdant jungles and picturesque hills. Spend your holidays at these lovely hills and enjoy its serene beauty.


Kerala monuments are very unique and special. The wood carvings of these monuments are intricate and impeccable. Visit these monuments and relish their beauty.