Kottayam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. If you're on a trip to this amazing land, here are some of the top attractions of Kottayam that you shouldn't miss.
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam is one of the top attractions of the place. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is located at the heart of the city. The temple is built using typical Kerala style of architecture.
The temple walls are known for their murals and other paintings that portray scenes from Hindu mythology. Devotees throng to the temple to be a part of the 'Phalguna Utsavam', which is the annual festival of the temple, held in the Hindu month of Meenam.
St. Mary's Orthodox Church
Located just 2 km away from Kottayam town, St. Mary's Orthodox Church, also known as Cheriapalli, is one of the places worth visiting in Kottayam. The architecture of this Orthodox Syrian church is a blend of Kerala and Portuguese architecture. The walls have murals in both oriental and Western styles.
The Poonjar Palace takes you to a royal past of the region. Some of the unique things to see here include the antique furniture and other items used by the then royal family. Huge chandeliers, engravings on palm leaves, different types of lamps, jewellery boxes, sculptures of Lord Shiva as Nataraja (dancing posture), weapons, grain measures, etc. There is also a temple near the palace, which is a replica of the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple.
This beautiful hill station is one to be visited on your trip to Kottayam. The name of the place translated to 'valley where leaves do not fall', is an amazing place to explore in the district. To know more about Elaveezhapoonchira, click here.
Nattakam is a village near Kottayam, which is known for its scenic beauty and migratory birds. If you're a nature lover and would love to watch birds, this is the right place for you! Explore the beautiful village of Nattakam.
Thiruverpu Temple is located around 7 km away from Kottayam, on the banks if river Meenachil. The temple is believed to be around 1500 years old, and is an interesting place to visit. The priest of the temple holds a key and an axe while opening the temple doors for the 'pooja'. In case the temple does not open with the keys, the priest has the right to use the axe to break the door.