#1 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 1 km from Kottayam Railway Station, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Kottayam, Kerala. Located in heart of the Kottayam town, it is one of the oldest temples in Kerala, and among the must-visit places during your Kottayam tour.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple was constructed by Thekkumkoor Maharaja in the early 16th century. The Mahadeva Temple showcases typical South Indian architecture. The walls of the temples are decorated with beautiful paintings of different scenes from the Hindu epics. The innermost sanctum of the temple is adorned with impressive images of epic characters from Hindu mythology.
The whole temple complex occupies about 4 acres (1.6 ha) of land which is rich in many trees and plants. One of the largest Koothambalams in Kerala is in this temple situated in the southeast corner. The two-storeyed .....
#2 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 5 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Bhagavathy Temple at Kumaranalloor is one of the most important Devi temples in Kerala.
The idol of the Goddess is in standing position and is about 3 feet high. The temple has been identified by Sri Adi Sankaracharya as one of the five important centers in India to worship Durga. The temple was built in sreechakra style and known for its unique architecture. It is also renowned for its temple towers constructed in Tamil Nadu style of architecture. The temple has many attractive mural paintings and wood carvings.
The annual festival of the temple is celebrated in the month of November / December.
#3 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 11 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Mahadeva Temple located in Ettumanoor is one of the most celebrated Siva temples in Kerala. This is one of the popular tourist & pilgrimage sites to visit near Kottayam & Kochi.
This temple is known for its exceptional murals and woodcarvings made in 16th century. The themes of these murals are stills from the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata and the and Puranas.The oil lamp at the entrance of the temple is believed to have been lighted for more than 450 years and it is fed with oil by the devotees everyday. There are 14 decorative gopuras in the temple built in 16th century.
Another attraction of the temple is Ezhara Punnana (golden elephants) donated to the temple by Maharaja of Travancore. The golden elephants are kept on display during the temple annual festival celebrated in the month of February / March. Only Hindus are allowed into this temple.
Ezharaponnaana Ezhunallathu is the main festival celebrated .....
#4 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 3 km from Kottayam Railway Station, Cheriapally Church is a Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church located in Kottayam, Kerala, India. Situated on the way to Kumarakom from Kottayam, it is one of the oldest churches in Kerala, and among the must-include places in Kottayam packages.
St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, commonly known as Kottayam Cheriapally, is dedicated to mother Mary. According to the legend, the Thekkumkore (old Kottayam) kings were glad that Christians were living in their kingdom. King Kothavarma, who was ruling the kingdom during that period, provided them land for constructing the church, without levying the tax. A church was first built in 1550 and named Valiyapally. However, the congregation later split into ethnic lines and the dissidents built Cheriapally in 1579. The Cheriyapally Church was built by Portuguese architect Antony but the Portuguese did not influence the mode of worship in the church. .....
#5 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 29 Kms from Kottayam, 35 Kms from Alappuzha & 33 kms from Pathanamthitta, Sri Vallabha Temple is located near Thiruvalla town (4 Kms) in Pathanamthitta district.
This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one among the 108 Diva Kshetrams in India. This temple is built in typical Kerala style of temple architecture with fine carvings and murals. The inner sanctum of the temple houses a 6 feet tall idol of Maha Vishnu. The flag staff of the temple is made out of granite and it is about 50 feet tall. A 3 feet idol of Garuda (the eagle vehicle of Lord Vishnu) is installed on top of the flagstaff.
This temple is famous for the traditional Kathakali performances almost every night and it is perhaps the only temple in Kerala where Kathakali is regularly performed as a ritual offering to a deity, after the evening Pooja
The annual festival of the temple is celebrated in Feb / Mar and the Utharaseeveli festival is celebrated for one day on Mar / Apr.
#6 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 16 km from Kottayam, 36 km from Alleppey, 56 km from Kochi, 135 km from Munnar & 164 km from Trivandrum, Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous Kerala backwaters destination for traditional houseboat rides and among the most visited Kerala tourist places.
The name Kumarakom was derived from the deity of an old temple Kumaran. Kumarakom is also one of the ideal weekend getaways from Kochi. Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves. In order to protect the ecology of the place, the Kerala government has declared Kumarakom as a special tourism zone. Arundhati Roy, the author of the 1997 Booker Prize-winning 'The God of Small Things', was raised in the nearby .....
Distance (From Kottayam Railway Station): 13 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kottayam Railway Station - Including Travel): Full Day
#7 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 10 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, St. Mary's Cathedral, also known as Marthamariam is located in Manarcad, about 3.5 Kms from NH220 towards Thekkady/Periyar. This 10th century Cathedral is one of the most important churches of the Jacobite Syrian Christians.
The main annual festival is 'Feast of Virgin Mary's Birth' celebrated for 8 days between September 1st & 8th of every year. It is also called as Ettunompu, where devotees take fasting for 8 days. During this festival, hundreds of thousands of devotees from all over the world reach Manarcad to seek the blessings of Virgin Mary.
#8 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 10 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, St George Orthodox Church is located in Puthupally. This is one of the prominent churches of Malankara Orthodox Church.
The church was consecrated about 400 years ago by the Malankara Metropolitan Mar Dianasiyous. This Church is famous for the powerful intercession of St.George. It is believed that saint protects those who take refuge, from serpents, ailments, and all kinds of dangers and troubles. The Church is famous for its rich traditions as well as wealth. The main sanctum has beautiful wall paintings and ornamental decorations. The unique Golden Cross weighing around 450 sovereigns is taken out during the annual festival.
The annual festival is celebrated on 7th or 8th of May. Hundreds of thousand of devotees of various religions participate in the celebrations.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.
Pilgrimage | Backwaters
#9 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 18 km from Kumarakom, and 35 km from Kottayam, Vaikom is famous as a temple town in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Situated on the eastern side of Vembanad Lake, popular getaway to experience beautiful backwaters in Kerala, and among the must-visit Kumarakom tourist places.
Vaikom is well known for the ancient Mahadeva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be built by Parasurama, the founder of Kerala. The temple has a huge courtyard spanning over 8 acres of land and four towers on each side of the temple. Other major attractions of the Mahadeva Temple include the Garbagriha, a golden Stupa surmounting Garbagriha, 19.5m tall golden staff, etc. The exterior walls of the Garbagriha exhibit several pieces of artwork.
This is the place that had made a significance in Indian history with the Vaikom Sathyagraham in 1924, i.e the movement against untouchability in Hindu society. .....
Distance (From Kottayam): 38 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kottayam - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
Hill Station | Nature
#10 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 36 km from Idukki, and 48 km from Kottayam, Ilaveezha Poonchira is a beautiful valley situated at Melukavu village in the Kottayam district of Kerala. It is one of the best places to visit near Idukki uring your Idukki tour.
The stunning valley of Ilaveezha Poonchira is spread across thousands of acres at the foot of three hillocks - Mankunnu, Kudayathur Hill, and Thonippara near Kanjar. During the monsoons, the valley between a complex of mountains fills up to form a large pond. Ilaveezha Poonchira means 'the pond of flowers where the leaves do not fall'. Legends say that the pool here was a bathing place for Draupadi, the legendary heroine of Mahabharata.
Surrounded by hillocks raised above 3000 feet from sea level, Ilaveezha Poonchira is an ideal place for trekking in Kerala. This is also one of the best places in Kerala to witness both the sunrise .....
Distance (From Kottayam): 48 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kottayam - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
#11 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 43 Kms from Idukki, 65 Kms from Kumarakom, 58 kms from Kottayam and 80 Kms from Munnar, Malankara Dam & Lake (in Idukki district) is a lovely place located at a distance of 7 Kms from Thodupuzha on Thodupuzha-Erattupetta route.
Malankara Lake, spread over 11 Kms is an artificial lake formed as part of Muvattupuzha Valley Irrigation Project. The Dam is constructed across Thodupuzha River for irrigation purpose. This place is a very good picnic spot with boating facilities in the lake.
It is located on SH8 and easily accessible from Thodupuzha by Bus, Auto & Cab. Thodupuzha is accessible by Bus from all parts of Kerala.
Thommankuthu Waterfalls is about 27 Kms from this place which is connected by Bus from Thodupuzha.
Distance (From Kottayam): 58 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kottayam - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
#12 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 75 Kms from Munnar, 68 kms from kottayam & 60 Kms from Idukki, Nadukani is a small hill station in Ernakulam district. It is 35 Kms from Thodupuzha, close to NH49 near Kothamangalam.
At an altitude of 3000 feet, Nadukani is an ideal destination for trekking and mountaineering. On the sunny day Nadukani offers a clear view of the areas extending to Thodupuzha. The excellent view of the Muvattupuzha River that forms Malankara Lake on Malankara Dam is feast to the eyes.
Distance (From Kottayam): 68 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kottayam - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
#13 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 1 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Thirunakkara Sri Krishna Temple is located near Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple.
The pilgrims visiting Sabarimala take a dip in the holy pond of this temple. There are separate smaller shrines available in the temple for Lord Ganesh and Goddess Bhagavati. An annual 7 day festival, 'Araattu', held here is a major draw.
#14 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 10 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Saraswathi Temple (also known as Dakshina Mookambika Temple) is located in Panachikkad. This temple is famous, as the Mookambika Temple at Kollur (Karnataka).
The idol of the Goddess is placed beneath a pond. The main deity at this temple is Lord Vishnu. According to temple history, there was a poor Brahmin who was a devotee of Sri Mookambika Devi and he used to visit Kollur every year. As the Brahmin grew old, he realized that he could no longer visit Mookambika again due to his poor health. As he returned to Panachikkadu, it is said that the Goddess Mookambika settled at the present location in Panachikkadu.
The main festival is the Saraswati Pooja celebrated in September / October. The nine day festival 'Navarathri' is also famous here.
#15 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 6 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, St. Mary's Church situated in Kudamaloor is one of the ancient Syrian churches in Kerala.
Built in 11th century by Chempakasseri Maharaja, it is dedicated to Blessed Virgin Mary and popularly known as 'Mukthi Amma'. The temple has a 400 years old beautiful oil painting of Jesus Christ. In this painting, Jesus can be seen painted in sky blue color (the color usually used to paint Lord Krishna).
St. Alphonsa, the first Christian Saint from India, is born in Kudamaloor and dedicated her whole life in the service of Jesus Christ. There is a memorial dedicated to St. Alphonsa near the church.
#16 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 12 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, St. Mary's Ferona Church is located in Athirampuzha, about 2 Kms from SH1 (from Ettumanoor junction). This place is also known as Valiya Pally.
The Church was constructed in 835 AD on a land donated by a Brahmin family. The renovation of the present church began in 1962 and was consecrated in 1966. Built in western architecture, the church is 180 feet tall and 55 feet wide. The bell tower measures a height of 85 feet, and houses three bells which were brought from Germany in 1905. The big cross in front of the church was built from a single block of stone.
The annual festival is celebrated for 8 days starting from January 19th every year. The festival, known as 'Athirampuzha Nercha' attracts a huge crowd.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 1 PM & 3:30 PM to 6 PM
#17 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 1 Km from Kottayam Railway Station, Vimalagiri Church is a Roman Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Dioceses of Vijayapuram.
The construction of the church was started in 1956 and completed in 1964. This church was built in the Gothic architectural style with a 172 feet tower which is considered as one of the highest Church towers in Kerala.
The main annual festival is celebrated in the month of December and the church is crowded with worshipers from all over India.
#18 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 0.5 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Good Shepherd Church is located just opposite to Police Parade Grounds near Logos Junction. This is the first Church of the Diocese of Vijayapuram. The church was constructed in 1882 in Italian Style and was renovated in 1964.
The annual festival of Good Shepherd is celebrated from April 10th to 12th every year. The St. Sebastian festival is also celebrated in a grand manner on January 20th. Devotees from neighbouring districts participate in large numbers on these festival days.
#19 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 10 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, St. George Jacobite Syrian Church is located in Kallumkathra, near Aymanam village (1 Km).
Established in 1817 AD, it is one of the oldest churches in the Kottayam Diocese. The picturesque landscape and the innumerable tributaries of Meenachil River add to the beauty of the village.
#20 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 10 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, St. Joseph's Monastery Church located in Mannanam is an important Christian pilgrim center. This Church is associated with the Blessed Father Kuriakose Elias Chavarachan who was famed in miracle cures.
Thousands of devotees gather here to pay homage to the saint every Saturday. Though renovated many times, the Church retains its original altar with gold filigree work and paintings.
The festival of Blessed Chavara is celebrated on 3rd January with great devotion. The nearby Chavara Art Museum preserves articles of Church history.
#21 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 1 km from Kottayam Railway Station, St. Joseph's Cathedral located in Lal Bahadur Sastri Road is the major spiritual center for Jacobite Syrian Christians of the Kottayam.
Constructed in the year of 1981, this church functions under the Kottayam Diocese. It is the only Church of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Christians founded in the name of St. Joseph.
The festival of St. Joseph is celebrated on January 26. On this day, the foundation day of this church is also celebrated.
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#22 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 20 Kms from Kottayam, St.Mary's Forane Church (also known as Martha Mariam Church) is located in Kuravilangad, on the way to Muvattupuzha.
Constructed in the year of 105 AD, this Church belongs to the diocese of Palai. It is believed that Mother Mary appeared to a few children in this area and asked them to build a church at the place from where a miraculous spring emerged, which exists even today. The church was built and a statue of the Virgin Mary carved from granite is installed here. A 48 feet single block granite cross is located in front of the church, which was erected around 1597. Three majestic bells of Kuravilangad were brought from Germany in 1911.
The main festival of the church called 'Moonnu Nompu', celebrated for 3 days in the month of xx. Thousands of devotees from all parts of Kerala participate in the festival.
#23 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 24 Kms from Kottayam, St. Mary's Church located in Kaduthuruthy (on Kottayam - Kochi road) is also called Thazathu Pally.
The Church belongs to the Diocese of Palai and it is one of the most famous traditional Churches in South India. The original structure of the Church is believed to have been built in 1009 AD. The present structure is completed in 2005 and it's the biggest in the Diocese of Palai.
The main festival is called 'Holy Family', celebrated on the first Sunday of the month of Makaram (around mid of January). The festival of St. Mary is celebrated on August 15th and called 'Kallitta Thirunal'.
#24 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 38 Kms from Kottayam, St. George's Church is situated on the banks of Meenachil River in Aruvithura, in Erattupetta Town. The ancient name of the place was Irapuzhai or Irapeli.
This Church belongs to the Syro-Malabar Rite in the diocese of Palai. This place is believed to have been founded by St.Thomas in the early days. The original structure of the church was built in 16th century. The present structure was constructed in 1952 in Gothic style. A miraculous statue of St.George is placed in the church above the main alter.
The annual festival dedicated to St. George is celebrated on 24th April.
#25 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 28 Kms from Kottayam, St. Jude Shrine is a highly revered shrine located in Kizhathadiyoor near Palai.
This Church contains the relics of St Jude brought from Rome. There are several institutions, including a hospital, functioning under the St Jude Shrine.
The festival of St. Jude is celebrated from October 19th to 28th.
#26 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 32 Kms from Kottayam & 5 Kms from Palai, St. Mary's Forane Church situated on the banks of Meenachil River in Bharananganam is one of the most famous churches in Kerala. The church is also known as Anakkallu Palli.
Bharananganam is associated with St. Alphonsa, the first Saint from India. The mortal remains of blessed Saint Alphonsa who died on 28 July 1946 are carefully preserved in a chapel next to St. Mary's Church.
The important festival is the death anniversary of St Alphonsa held on 28th July.
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM.
#27 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 27 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, St. Thomas Cathedral is an 11th century Syrian Church located in Palai town.
The Church was constructed in the year 1002 by four Syrian Christian families of Palai. It was destroyed by Muslim invaders and was reconstructed after 17th century. The church was built with the support of Hindu rulers and it resembles temple architecture. A new Church was constructed by Portuguese near the old church following European architecture.
The annual festival is called 'Rakkulithirunal' celebrated on 6th January every year.
#28 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 3 km from Kottayam Railway Station, Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid is a mosque situated in the Thazhathangady locality of Kottayam. It is one of the oldest mosques in India, and among the popular pilgrimage sites near Kochi.
Situated on the banks of the Meeachil River, the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid was built by Habib Dinar, son of Malik Dinar who introduced Islam in the country. It is more than 1000 years old. The Government of Kerala has declared it as one of the protected monuments of the state. It is one of the must- include places in Kottayam packages.
Thazhathangady Juma Masjid is also called as the 'Taj Juma Masjid'. The ancestors of this Masjid came and settled in Kottayam, from different parts of Kerala. The Muslims who lived here played an active role in Freedom Struggle and other National Movements. The mosque has opened its doors for .....
#29 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 3 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Thalikotta Siva Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala. This temple was the place of worship for Thekkumkoor Royal Family.
The annual festival is celebrated during April / May for 10 days. Sivaratri (Feb) is also celebrated in a grand manner. This place attracts large number of devotees on these festivals.
#30 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 7 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Sri Dharma Sastha Temple is located in Pakkil, close to SH1 towards Changanassery.
Dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, this temple is believed to be one of the eight temples established by Parasurama, the legendary founder of Kerala. Annual festival is called Samkranthi Vanibham, celebrated in June / July.
#31 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 8 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Sri Krishna Temple is located in Thiruvarpu.
The annual festival is celebrated for 10 days in the month of April which attracts thousands of devotees. The highlight of the festival is that the young virgin girls carry lighted lamps during celebrations.
#32 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 20 Kms from Kottayam, Anchu Vilakku (Five Lamps) is a stone lamp post located in Changancherry town.
Situated near Changancherry Boat Jetty, it was built by the renowned freedom fighter Veluthampi Dalawa in 1905 during the inauguration of Changancherry Market, one of the largest in Kerala.
#33 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 10 km from Erattupetta, and 48 km from Kottayam, Ayyampara is a rocky plateau located on Erattupetta-Muttom Road in Kerala. It is one of the major scenic places to visit as part of Kottayam tour packages.
Ayyampara is a lesser-known scenic spot of rocky plains where a 20-acre area of flat rock makes a natural granite stadium. The rocks at Ayyampara are situated over 2,000 ft above sea level and offer a panoramic view of the distant towns as well as nearby villages. It is considered as one of the must-visit Kottayam tourist attractions.
According to legends, the five Pandava brothers - epic heroes of the Mahabharatha - stayed near this rock during their exile. The name of the rock is said to be a modified version of the original term Anchupara (five rocks). However, some say that the name owes its origin to the Ayyappa Temple here. .....
#34 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 24 Kms from Kottayam & 2 Kms from Changanacherry, Vishnu Temple located in Thrikkodithanam (also known as Amrita Narayanan Temple) is a famous temple and among the 108 Vishnu temples in India.
This 9th century temple is believed to have been built by Sahadeva of the Pandavas. The temple is famous for wooden carvings and murals. Inscriptions from 10th century are also found in the temple. The outer wall of the temple is gigantic like a fort wall. The temple represents typical Kerala style of architecture. The walls of the inner sanctum display the images of various gods. There are separate shrines for Narasimha and Dakshinamurthy.
The 'Deepam' festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated here in the months of November & December.
#35 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 61 km from Kottayam, Valanjaganam Waterfall, locally known as Ninnumullipara, is a scenic waterfall located at Kuttikkanam in Kerala. It is one of the stunning waterfalls in Kerala, and among the most popular Kottayam tourist places.
Valanjaganam Waterfall lies on the Kottayam-Kumily state highway, about 4 km from Kuttikkanam towards Thekkady/Periyar. Also known as Kesari Waterfalls, this waterfall is probably one of the most easily accessible ones in Kerala, which is why many tourists often flock to it each year. It is an ideal spot to stop and take a quick stretch and relax during tiring journeys during your Kottayam trip.
A flight of steps takes you down to where the waterfall ends. There are a few shops near the waterfall, people were stopping by for a hot cup of tea and snacks. .....
#36 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 2 km from Erattupetta, and 41 km from Kottayam, Poonjar Palace is a 600 years old Palace situated at Poonjar village near Kottayam. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Kerala, and among the most famous tourist places in Kottayam.
The Poonjar Palace in Meenachil taluk was built by Poonjar Rajas and is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a bygone era. The palace is entirely made out of wood, reflecting the traditional Kerala architecture. The palace is adorned with a fascinating collection of various types of furniture and antiques which includes grand chandeliers, jewelry boxes, statues, grain measurer, weapons, and palm leaf engravings. Tourists will also see a beautiful sculpture of Nataraja, a palanquin, and a thoni for Ayurvedic massages crafted out of a single piece of wood as part of Kottayam sightseeing packages.
#37 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 8 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Manarcad Bhagavathy Temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali is located near Manarcad, less than 1 Km from NH220 towards Thekkady/Periyar.
This temple is believed to be older than 2000 years.The Kumbha Bharani festival of the temple is celebrated in a grand scale which attracts thousands of devotees.
#38 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 14 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, the Palli Bhagavathy Temple is located in Neelamperoor, close to SH1 Changanassery. Neelamperoor is part of the Kuttanad region and is a beautiful place surrounded by canals.
The temple has a history of 1700 years. The original construction is believed to be a Buddhist Temple, which was later converted to Hindu Temple. Cheramanperumal, the Emperor of Kerala (250 - 300 AD), had become a Buddhist monk and spent his last days at Neelamperoor. It is believed that Cheramanperumal has built the original temple as a Buddha Vihara. Later the temple was said to be converted to Devi temple.
The principal deity of the temple is Goddess Durga. Separate shrines for Lords Ganapathi, Siva, Dharmasastha, Mahavishnu and Rakshas are built outside the main temple.
The annual festival is called 'Poonam Padayani' celebrated in the month of Aug / Sep for 10 days. The primary attraction of the festival is the display of the 45 feet Sway .....
#39 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 21 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Kavil Bhagavathy Temple is located in Changanacherry town. The presiding deity of the temple is Kavil Bhagavathy, an incarnation of Goddess Durga.
This temple was built by Thekkumkoor Maharajas, to worship the ancestral deity of the Thekkumkoor Royal Family. It is currently managed by the Travancore Devasthanom Board. This temple is also known as Kavil Ambalam and Sri Bhagavathi Temple.
The annual festival Kavil Chirappu is held on December-January.
#40 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 23 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Surya Deva Temple is located in Adityapuram, close to SH12 towards Vaikom (near Kurupamthara). This is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to the Sun God.
The last Sundays of the Malayalam months of November- December and April - May are celebrated in a grand manner. Devotees from far away places participate in the celebrations. It is believed that performing Adithya Pooja at this temple can cure eye and skin related diseases.
#41 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 21 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Sri Subramanya Swami Temple is located in Perunna near Changanacherry.
The idol of Lord Subramanya (Lord Muruga) at this temple is about 6 feet high. Built in 753 AD, this temple is under the administration of Urazhma Devaswam Board. This is the first temple in Kerala, opened to all Hindus irrespective of caste, according to the order of Sri Chithira Thirunal Maharaja of Travancore. Hearing this incident, Mahatma Gandhi at his first visit to Kerala, came to Perunna Temple and worshipped the Lord Muruga.
The annual festival (called 'Pallimetta Utsav') is celebrated for 10 days in the month of November / December.
#42 of 42 Places to Visit in Kottayam
At a distance of 45 km from Thekkady, 58 km from Idukki, 76 km from Kumarakom, 64 km from Kottayam, 92 km from Munnar, 99 km from Alleppey, 103 km from Kochi, 181 km from Madurai, and 196 km from Trivandrum, Vagamon, or Wagamon is an enchanting hill station situated in Idukki district of Kerala. Located on the Kottayam-Idukki border, it is one of the offbeat hill stations in Kerala, and among the must-include places in Kerala Tour Packages.
Perched at an altitude of 1100 m, Vagamon is surrounded by 3 hills namely, Thangal hill, Murugan hill, and Kurisumala at the foothills of Western Ghats. Also known as the Scotland of Asia, Vagamon was discovered by the British who found the place ideal for tea plantations, and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory .....
Distance (From Kottayam): 64 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kottayam - Including Travel): Full Day
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Budget of Kottayam trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Kottayam Tour Packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5100 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 8000 per person for 3D/2N vacation.
Ensure to cover most important Places to visit in Kottayam like Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Bagawathy Temple, Mahadeva Temple, Cheriyapally Church, Sri Vallabha Temple, St. Mary's Cathedral, St. George Orthodox Church, etc.
Kottayam offers several shopping options like silk sarees, gift items, handicrafts, cotton, spice Trade, etc.