Undisturbed, rustic, nature’s bounty – these are some of the words that describe Kottayam in the truest sense. Dotted with a plethora of ancient shrines narrating a tale of their own, Kottayam is one of the most fascinating places to experience the rich authentic culture of India, that too in abundance. Book a convenient taxi from Kochi airport to Kottayam and explore this magical town with Savaari.
Here’s a guide to exploring Kottayam
Kottayam is also known as the city of letters considering its contribution to print media and literature. Some of the finest pieces of literature have come from the land of Dravidians. It is also one of the first towns in India to have achieved 100% literacy. From its mesmerizing landscape to verdant fields, here are some of the places you must include in your itinerary –
Temple of Thirunnakkara Mahadeva
This 16th Century Shiva temple is sure to amaze you with traditional dance performances, and epic murals on the walls of the temple. If you are hunting a place to imbibe Kerala’s authentic culture, this is where you should be. Not to forget, this temple is also the venue of the very famous Arattu festival celebrated for 10 days in the month of March every year. So if you plan your visit around then, do attend the festival which is celebrated with performances by professional artists.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Church
Only about 4 km from Kottayam, there is Cheriyapalli to delight you with the Syriac Orthodox Church of Saint Mary. However, even though this church was built by the Portuguese, the skillful stone carvings and murals on the walls of the church indicate a significant influence of the classical Indian style of architecture.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Wish to take a break from local sightseeing and head to a place to enjoy some peace and quiet? Here’s Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to your rescue. Situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, the Sanctuary is only about 16 km from Kottayam. For birding enthusiasts, this place is nothing short of a paradise with approximately 90 species of local birds and 50 species of migratory birds to keep you company with their constant blissful chirping.
Here is another place where you can sit back, relax and enjoy. Dig deeper on the surface and this ideal picnic spot in Kottayam is a hidden gem and your best bet for a relaxed time. A climb up the staircase takes you to the caves where rocks form magnificent formations. Another interesting piece of art that you can admire here are the sculptures of Madurai Meenakshi, Murugan, Ayyappa, Kannakki and images of weapons displayed on the cellars.
Temple of Subramanya Swamy
One of the oldest and largest temples in Kerala built on the banks of the Meenachali River, the Temple of Subramanya Swamy is located about 17 km from Kottayam in Kidangoor district. The first thing you notice inside this quaint temple is the rustic style of architecture and the other major thing that pulls visitors and devotees to this temple is the annual festival held in February/ March every year. One of the biggest events in the district, the festival is an extravagant display of Kerala’s traditional dance performance – Chakyarkoothu. Definitely worth experiencing when in Kottayam.
Rent a car in Kottayam with Savaari and explore all that this town has in store for inquisitive travelers like yourself.