Kottayam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala covering an area of 55.40 square kilometres. The district Kottayam, has a network of rivers,canals and backwaters. Manimala, Pampa and Achancovil are the major rivers.
Kerala is known for its panoramic backwater stretches, lush green paddy fields, highlands and beaches. A major backwater stretch lies in Kottayam district, where a network of rivers and canals empty into the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake.
Located at Kumarakom 16 km from Kottayam town, the Vembanad Lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, offers boating, fishing and sight seeing experiences that are truly exhilarating.
The place and its surroundings make for a beautiful tourist attraction with its vistas of green hills, mangrove forests and coconut groves interposed with waterways, offering excellent opportunities for Aqua Tourism.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
A paradise for bird watchers, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary or Vembanad Bird Sanctuary is situated on the banks of Lake Vembanad in kavanar River basin.
The place is spread across a huge area of 14 acres providing a natural habitat to about 91 species of local birds and 50 species of migratory birds.
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple
In the heart of Kottayam town is the Thirunakkara Mahadea Temple, a 500-year-old temple built by the Thekkumkoor Maharajah
This temple built in the Kerala style of architecture has colourful murals on its walls which are worth seeing. The Koothambalam, the special building in the temple premises used for cultural purposes, is one of the best in Kerala.