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KOTTAYAM

St Xavier Church - Kottayam The word Kottayam is a composition of the words Kotta (meaning fort) and Akkam (meaning inside). Kottayam is one of the exotic backwaters sites attracting tourists throughout the year. Being a mountainous region with scenic landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples and churches make this a place of tourist attraction. Lying below the sea level, some of its nearby places are also a treat to the eyes.

The history of Kottayam is significant from the time of the second Chera Empire who used to have a great influence on the region. Maharaja Marthandaverma had a great influence on the state of Kerala as a ruler. He conquered the Vembolinadu established by his former rulers. Since ages, Kottayam has been regarded as one of the most important places of Kerala both politically and otherwise.

PLACES OF INTEREST
Kottayam Resort Hill Resort
Peermed, an inviting hill resort with an altitude of 1066 meters, is a place worth visiting while going to Kottayam.
Periyaar wildlife sanctuary - Kottayam Periyaar wildlife sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is another place worth visiting from Kottayam. It is the place to go if one wants to have a look at the natural habitat of elephants, the tiger and the bison.
Shiva Temple - KottayamThe Thirunakkara Shiva Temple
The Thirunakkara Shiva Temple is also a famous must-see spot in Kottayam. The temple is a storehouse of the typical Kerala temple culture. The walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful paintings. Phalguna Utsav is celebrated here every March. The Kootiattam or the Sanskrit dramas are also an event of attraction in Kottayam.
Vembanad Lake - KottayamVembanad Lake
One of the places to visit near Kottayam is Kumarakom. It is in the west of the Vembanad Lake. This lake is also famous for the seasonal migratory birds that come to this bird sanctuary in their respective seasons. Backwater cruises are accessible from this spot. A number of visitors flock to this place during the tourist season while visiting Kottayam.
Vaikom Temple - KottayamVaikom Temple
Forty km north of Kottayam is another important Shiva temple known as the Vaikom Temple. This temple is associated with the legendry Parasurama. This temple also depicts the typical Kerala temple culture and is worth visiting while holidaying in Kottayam.
Vagaman - KottayamWagamon
Wagamon is another place to visit while going for excursion in and around Kottayam. The place is 60 km from Kottayam town. This place has good spots for trekking and so the place is called the trekkers' paradise.
A few other places worth visiting while at Kottayam are St Mary's Church (Valiapally), St Mary's Orthodox Church (Cheriyapally), and St Joseph's Monastery (Mannanam).
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