Kottayam is also known as "Aksharanagri". It is 157 km south of Kunnamkulam, the center of Kerala, and is located almost 30 km west of the center of the district. Kottayam was also known as ‘Cotym’ and ‘Cottayam’ during the British Raj. It was one of the main centers of literature and hence was called Akshara Nagari or Land of Letters. Many of the first Malayalam dailies like Deepika, Malayala Manorama, Mangalam were started and are headquartered in Kottayam. During the British period, various missionaries, the Christian churches, and St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara himself established many schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in and around the town. Kottayam town is also known as Chuvarchithra Nagari. Kottayam is also known as the city of Letters, Lakes, and Latex.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is an ancient Shiva temple in Kottayam, Kerala, India. It has brought glory and fame to the place. Myths have it that the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple.
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple

Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple is a serene 16th-century Hindu temple known for its traditional Kerala-style architecture and murals.
Kottathavalam Hills

Kottathavalam is a place of archaeological interest at the legends says that the Royal Family of Madurai would ascend a rock-cut path to take rest in this ancient cave.
Elaveezha Poonchira

Elaveezha Poonchira is a tourist destination located in Melukavu village in the Kottayam district near Kanjar. Ilaveezha Poonchira is surrounded by three enchanting hillocks Mankunnu, Kodayathoormala, and Thonippara.
Nadukani Ghat

Nadukani, the mountains, and the rivers seem like ancient beings, lying in deep slumber with a host of greenery on all sides as spectators. The bird’s eye view from this hill station in Kottayam is sought out annually by people numbering into the thousands.
Island of Pathiramanal

Pathiramanal is a small island in Muhamma panchayat of the Alappuzha district. The name Pathiramanal means 'sands of the night'. The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake, as well as that of the island, is mind-blowing. It is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world.
Panachikkadu Temple

Panachikkadu Temple, also known as the Dakshana Mookambika Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Saraswati. The temple is located in the southern region of the Indian Peninsula, in Panachikkad in Kottayam, Kerala.
Marmala Waterfalls

Marmala Waterfall lies a few kilometers away from Erattupetta, in Kottayam district, Kerala, India inside a private estate. It is exactly 8 km from Teekoy.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Church

St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church is an ancient Orthodox Syrian Church situated in the prestigious town of Kottayam, in Kerala state, India, with His Holiness The Catholics of the East as its supreme head, better known as Kottayam Cheriapally.
Best Time To Visit Kottayam

The best time to visit Kottayam is from September to March. Owing to its location in the equatorial region, this district has got a high humidity level with a minute variation of temperature ranging between 20° C to 35° C. The period between the months of March and May are comparatively warm and is featured with pre-monsoon rainfall followed by lightening as well as thunder. Southwest monsoon sets in during June and continues till September when Kottayam receives the most rainfall. This is followed by the northwest monsoon. The months from October to December receives low rainfall. The average annual rainfall amounts to 3, 600 mm though. December, January, and February are said to be the winter season in the place.

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