A village in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, Kottaram is steeped in history. Kottaram in Malayalam means “Palace”. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, Travancore Maharajas used this village as their resting place. Known as Chaithiram or free lodge, it is today used for businesses. It attracts numerous tourists because of its close proximity to Kanyakumari which is just 5 km away.
Places to Stay
There are a number of budget hotels in Kottaram. Some of them include Hotel Royal Kottaram (Tariff – Rs. 1000 onwards) Hotel Trisea (Tariff – Rs.974), JS Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 739 onwards) and Hotel Sri Maniya (Tariff – Rs. 1002).
Tamil is the official language of Kottaram. The other language spoken is Malayalam.
Cape Comorin Festival held in October in Kanyakumari attracts a huge number of tourists. Navaratri in October is also celebrated. Other major event in Kanyakumari is the Kalabham (sandal) festival held in July/August.
Places of Interest
Kottaram Mayiamma Ashram is a major attraction in the village. Other places of interest in and around Kottaram include Vattakkottai (4.5 km), Thovalai (18 km), Kanyakumari beach (5.7 km) and Nagercoil (14.2 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Nagercoil which is 14.2 km away. Thiruvananthapuram International airport that is 86 km away from Kottaram is also an alternative.
Kanyakumari railway station is the major railhead connecting Kottaram to other important cities.
The best option is to travel to Kanyamumari or Nagercoil from where there are buses plying daily for Vellore, Valparai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. Good bus operators are DRS Travels, SRS Travels and Abhishek Travels. Opt for online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of discounts.