The word Kottayam is a composition of the words Kotta (meaning fort) and Akkam (meaning inside). Kottayam is one of the exotic backwaters sites attracting tourists throughout the year. Being a mountainous region with scenic landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples and churches make this a place of tourist attraction. Lying below the sea level, some of its nearby places are also a treat to the eyes.
Travel Attraction Of Kottayam :
An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the vembanad lake, in this small water world you'll come across plenty of traditional country Crafts, boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. The resorts nearby offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming.
Kumarakom bird sanctuary :
Located on the banks of the vembanad lake, the kumarakom bird sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Other common varieties like the woodpecker, skylark, crane, water hen and parrots can also be spotted here. A cruise along the vembanad lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.
Travel Information :
Air : Nearest international airports to Kottayam : Kochi (Nedumbassery - 80 km) Thiruvananthapuram (160 kms).
Rail : The railway station is situated 2 km from the central bus station and is connected to the major cities of india.
Road : An excellent road network links the Kottayam to all major towns and cities in india.
Water : In Kottayam there are two ferry stations. The town jetty is about 3 km.
From the railway station and operates services during the monsoon. During summer, boats are operated from the kodimatha jetty.