Thekkady/ Periyar

Places of Interest
Kottayam, located in the southern part of Kerala is an important commercial centre of india, producing a large chunk of cash crops. A beautiful town situated in the hills, most of India's natural rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam. One of the many important popular and ideal tourist destinations of Kerala, Kottayam is a must visit. Kottayam is an ideal gateway point for Kumarakam, Munnar, Periyar, Thekkady, Ilaveezhapunchira, Pala, Wagamon and Kuttikanam.
15km from Kottayam, Kumarakam is a cluster of islands on the banks of Vembanad lake. Fishing, boating and visits to the countryside make this destination a unique place to look forward to. Kumarakam also has a small bird sanctuary where different species of birds can be seen. A boat cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the serenity of the enchanting backwaters. An overnight stay in one of the many houseboats in the lake is a rewarding experience.
130km from Kottayam and 1600m above sea level, Munnar is the most popular hill station of Kerala, dotted by tea gardens, misty mountains, sparkling waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries. Visit the nearby Eravikulam National Park where Nilgiri Tahrs can be seen roaming in the wild.
Thekkady/ Periyar
Nearly 100km from Kottayam, Thekkady, located in the Periyar valley is a tiger reserve of repute. Many other wild animals and birds can be seen in it including elephants, wild boar and deers. A boat ride in the lake is an enchanting experience. The sanctuary has ample facilities for trekking, rafting and camping.
On the way to Thekkady/ Periyar from Kottayam, Kuttikkanam is 70km from Kottayam and at 1100m above sea level. It can be a stopover or a destination on its own. Green hills, waterfalls and a salubrious climate are inviting. Peerumade, nearby also has stunning views.
At 64km from Kottayam and 1100m above sea level, Wagamon with its tea plantations and rolling grasslands is the closest hill station to Kottayam. The pine forests and the cattle farm close to the town are worth visiting.
Located at distance of 55 km from Kottayam, Ilaveezhapunchira is the spot from where you can view four hillocks and between them a verdant valley. it also offers excellent views of sunrise and sunset.
Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha with its canals is 40km from Kottayam. Alappuzha also has sandy beaches and a thriving coir industry.
Thazhathangady, one of the heritage zones of Kerala, is situated on the banks of the Meenachil river, 5km from the town. The area boasts of several old houses built in ancient Kerala style. The Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, one of the oldest mosques in India is more than 1000 years old. It is famous for its unique architecture, and rich wood carvings..
Aymanam is a quaint village in Kottayam, 5km from the town centre. The place shot into fame with Arundhati Roy’s Booker prize winning novel The God of Small Things.
Built in 1579 by Thekkumkoor Maharajah, this church displays outstanding architecture which is a blend of Kerala and Portuguese styles. The walls are adorned with beautiful murals made in oriental and western styles on biblical and non biblical themes. It is 2 km from Kottayam town.
Built in 1550 AD, this church belongs to the Knanaya Orthodox Syrian Community. The Persian cross, believed to be one of the seven brought here by St. Thomas, and the Pahlavi inscriptions of this church are famous. It is located 2 km west of Kottayam town.
Located in the heart of the town, this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is believed to be 500 years old. Built by Thekkumkur Raja, it is a wonderful specimen of Keralite architecture. Beautiful walls adorned with murals and embellishments depicting Hindu epics is the highlight. The annual festival Phalguna Utsav is a major attraction of this temple celebrated in the month of March. The temple remains open from 5am to 12pm in the morning and 5pm to 8pm in the evening.
An important Hindu pilgrimage centre, the Ettumanoor Siva Temple dates back to the 16th century. The inner and outer walls of the temple are decorated with exquisite sculptures and murals depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. It is 12 km north of Kottayam town. A ten day festival of Ezharaponnana ezhunallathu in February-March is celebrated every year at this temple.
The Vaikom Mahadeva temple is one of the few temples which is held in reverence by both Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites. Vaikom’s Shiva is fondly called Vaikkathappan. The Shiva Linga here is believed to be from the ‘Treta yuga’ and considered as one of the oldest temples in Kerala where pooja has not been broken since inception.
Destination Kerala
Kerala is often listed among the top travel destinations in the world. The place is noted for its varied landscape, culture, traditions, food and also Ayurveda which remains truest to its roots in this land. Nowadays many tourist combine their travel with Ayurvedic treatment, making Kerala a health tourism destination as well.


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