The city of Kottayam is situated in the western parts of the state of Kerala. It is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east, the rice plantations and Vembanad Lake on the west. It boasts of extensive rice plantations, the long backwater stretches, the rubber plantations and a hundred percent literacy rate. This has put the city in an enviable position in front of the other cities in Kerala.
Places to visit in Kottayam
The must visit place in Kottayam includes the Kumarakom. It is a paradise consisting of the dense forests, the Vembanad Lake and the other enchanting options like a water boat that takes your for a joy ride or a boat resort to relax in. Here you can enjoy a host of comfortable accommodations or other leisure facilities like ayurvedic massage, meditation, yoga, boating, fishing or swimming according to your choice.
The other major attraction includes the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is located along the banks of the lake Vembanad. It is any bird watchers paradise, what with a host of birds making it their home. The many migratory birds include the Siberian stork, Heron, egret and darter. It is also possible to find many a varieties of birds commonly found in the region. The lake itself and the sanctuary provide an ambient atmosphere for a leisure ride and a great view.
The secondary places of importance to visit when in Kottayam include Vegamon hill station, Bharanganam, Kurumannu and trekking options like Ela Veezha Poonjira and Kayyoor hills. The Vegamon hill station situated nearly forty km from the city of Kottayam and has extensive tea plantations and the mysterious mist that surrounds it during the morning and the evening. The Bharanganam is an important Site of worship for the Christians. The city of Kurumannu is situated approximately 800 meters above the sea level and is famous for its tea and rubber plantations. At such a great height you can simply relax and feel the fresh air breezing by.
If you are into adventure sports and wish to trek a bit, then the Ela Veezha Poonjira and the Kayyoor hills provide you with the best trekking options. The panoramic view and the ample of natural beauty will surely enthrall you for the rest of your life.