The Kottayam district is bordering palm-fringed backwaters with net-work of canals and rivers on the west and majestic western ghats on the east. It has extensive rubber plantations and earned for its headquarters for Rubber Board. Many leading Newspapers and magazines are published from here. Kottayam has panoramic landscape of hill resorts, memorable backwaters, lush green fields, rubber, tea and coffee plantations.
Kumarakom: 16 kms from Kottyam, Kumarakom is a small backwater town.
Kumarakom, situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is one the world famous Backwater destinations of Kerala. Fishing, Boating and visits to the countryside make this destination a unique place to look forward to. Kumarakom 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. Luxury hotels situated in this area to make your stay more relaxing and comfortable.
It is a small church near the Valiapalli built in 1579 A.D. It has some murals and painting depicting Biblical and other themes.
Built in 1550 A.D. this Orthodox Syrian Christian church is famous for its 8th century Persian Cross with Pahlavi inscription on it.
It is a rocky where a 100 acre area of flat rocks provide an ideal place for trekking and a beautiful spot to enjoy the sunset. Bharananganam The 1000 year old church, containing the mortal remains of Sister Alphonsa is one of the most important Christian pilgrim centres in Kerala.
Erumeli is an important pilgrim centre for both Hindus and Muslims. Pilgrims worship the deity at the Sastha temple before proceeding to Sabarimala.
Ettumanur is famous for its ancient Siva temple. The Siva temple has exquisite mural paintings and sculptures depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The annual celebration takes place for 10 days during Feb/March.
The Sanctuary which is situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake is famous for its local varieties like water fowl, water duck and migratory Siberian storks. There is also a tourist complex in it and KTDC offers backwater cruises in the Vembanad Lake.
It is an important pilgrim centre for Syrian Christians. St.Joseph Press, which was established in 1844, the oldest printing press in Kerala is situated in this town.
It is situated 7km from the Teekoy rubber estate. The waterfall is about 60 meters in height.
Vaikam got prominence when the famous satyagraha was staged in 1925 blessed by Mahatma Gandhi for the admission of Harijans into the temple. Vaikam is also famous for the Siva temple, which is considered to have built by Parasuramar the mythological creator of Kerala.
Air:Kochi is the nearest airport.
Rail: Kottayam is connected by rail with other parts of the country.
Road:Kottayam is connected by good network of road.
Ferry Service: Daily ferry service is available from Kottayam to Alappuzha and Kumarakom.