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Kottayam

Kottayam is one of the 14 districts in the state of Kerala. The district has its headquarters at Kottayam town.Kottayam is a district bound by Eranakulam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha. Kottayam town is the first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy.

Attractions

Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, extensive rubber plantations, places associated with many legends and a totally literate people have given Kottayam District the enviable title: The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes.Kottayam is a historic region and its tourist attractions include the many lakes and forts.

Climate

The climate of Kottayam like the rest of Kerala can be classified as in equatorial type of climate. It is hot and humid. From June to Sept. it experiences torrential rains brought by the monsoon clouds. However from September to March, the climate remains relatively dry and cool and it is the best period to visit the city.
Temperature varies between a minimum of 20.8C to a maximum of 34.1C. Climate is moderate and very pleasant. Average annual rainfall is 3137 mm. The two monsoons Southwest and Northeast gives a normal rainfall of 1737 mm. and 804 mm. respectively. April-May records the highest temperature (up to 33C).

Access

Airport- The International / Domestic Airports are situated at Nedumbassery near Ernakulam 80 km away from the city.
Road Transport Bus services starts from K.S.R.T.C Bus stand Kottayam.
Rail Transport -Trains to various places are accessible from Kottayam Railway Station.

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Keep in mind..

Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday. For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police, Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.

Kerala Insights

Poonjar Palace in Meenachil taluk is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a bygone era. With the palace walls, is an extra ordinary royal collection of antiques and exquisite furniture which include a palanquin, a thoni carved out of a single piece of wood for ayurvedic massages, huge chandeliers, palm leaf engravings, jewel boxes, a variety of lamps, sculptures of Nataraja (Dancing Lord Siva ), grain measures, statues and weapons. A unique couch preserved here is taken out once a year for ritualistic purposes. Near the palace is an amazing replica of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple. The walls of this temple have sculptures with war fare stories from the Puranas.

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