Kottyam city, also known as Akshara Nagari, is located on the South-central region/portion of Kerala and is a famous a gateway to the major pilgrim destinations. It is located at a distance of 67km from Kochi. The literal meaning of Kottyam is “inside of the fort”. While Kotta denotes fort akam implies inside. Originally set up on the hilltop, this was an old town marked by important commercial dealings and trade of crops, spices, rubber etc. The city is bordered on the east by the Western Ghats, while the Vembanad lake and Paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west.
Places to Stay
There are many low budget hotels at reasonable rates found in Kottayam city. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Hotel Aida (Tariff – Rs. 900), Mali International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Blue Moon Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), Sakthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.600) and others.
The official language of Kottayam is Malayalam.
The major festivals and events widely celebrated in the Kottayam city are Arattu Utsavam (March-April), Vaikathashtami (November-December), Ettumanoor, a ritual procession (February-March), Sabarimala Thiruvabharana Ghoshyatra and Petta Kettu in January and many more.
Places of Interest
There are a number of exotic places of interest in Kottayam.Kumarakom is a famous tourist place comprising of a number of islands situated on the backwaters. The Vembanad Lake is another tourist destination in the backwaters that offers cruise boats and house boat stays. Other popular destinations are Kurisumala, Vaikom, the sunset view from the Monroe Light, pilgrim centres of Sabarimala, Vaikom, Erumeli, Manarcadu and many more.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport situated at a distance of around 88 km from the city-centre.
The nearest major railway station is Kottayam Railway Station located at a distance of 2 km from the city.
There are numerous state owned bus services offered by the KSRTC.There are private bus services such as Jacob Travels, Sea Bird Travels, Kallada Travels and the like. Making use of bus ticket booking discount can help you save money while travelling. Look out for such offers at Ticketgoose.com.