Deluxe Hotels, Budget Hotels in Kottayam
Kottayam tourism is associated with Kumarakom and Vembanad lake. Kottayam lies midway between the coast and the mountains. For the visitors it is a stopover on the long journey from the hills. Kottayam is a springboard for nearby Kumarakom and Vembanad Lakes. So
For Keralites Kottayam is the land of latex, letters and lakes. Kottayam is a pioneering place in the extension of rubber plantations in Kerala. The town is a centre of printing and publishing.
There is little to see in the town as part of Kottayam tourism. There are few reflections of long history of Syrian-Christian settlement. Two thirteenth-century churches on a hill five km northwest of the town centre are worth visiting.
Valliapalli ("Big Church") is among the earliest solid traces of Christianity in India. The nearby Cheriapally ("Small Church") is covered with lively paintings.
Tourism in Kottayam means mainly Kumarakom and around. Some of Kerala's most attractive backwater scenery lies within easy reach of Kottayam.
The Syrian-Christian village of Ayemenem is just north of the town. The village provide the setting of Arundhati Roy's Booker-Prize winning novel, The God of Small Things.
Kumarakom is just 14 km west of Kottayam. Kunarakom is spread over a cluster of islands on Vembanad Lake. This village is surrounded with lush tropical waterways and low-lying paddy fields.
Kumarakom has seen a boom in backwater tourism due to its easy accessibility by road from Kottayam. You can see a row of large luxury resorts lined up along the water's edge.
You can also see the "History House" of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things has been converted in to a luxury resort by Taj.
There is small bird sanctuary in Kumarakom. It serves as a winter home for many migratory birds, some from as far as Siberia. Although the sanctuary is quite small, a guide is useful; you can arrange one through any of the hotels.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum is worth the visit. It showcases the collection from shoreline of the distant Andaman Islands.
Ettumanur is known for its magnificent Mahadeva temple. It is 12 km north of Kottayam. The temple features a circulate shrine with fine woodcarving. It has one of the earliest and most celebrated of Kerala murals.
Although the shrine is open to only Hindus, visitors can see the sixteenth-century courtyard murals.
The ancient Hindu temple at Aranmuala is 30km south of Kottayam. Aranamula is known for manufacturing extraordinary kannadi (metal mirrors).
Only seven master craftsmen and their families still make them. All the village's artisans welcome visitors at their workshops. They'll talk you through the various stages of the manufacture process. There's no pressure to buy the items.
Hotels in Kottayam
Kottayam has limited number of hotels for a town of its size. The travellers who do pause here tend to do so in one of the resorts or homestays in the surrounding area.
Kumarakom has all kind of accommodation for travellers. You can choose from luxury resort complexes to budget homestays.
Deluxe hotels in Kottayam
There are few deluxe hotels in Kottayam town. They are business hotels. The nearby backwater tourist destination Kumarakom has many deluxe resorts.
Budget hotels in Kottayam
As any mid-size town in Kerala, Kottayam also has a few budget hotels. For tourists plenty of budget hotels are available.