Kottayam , Kerala

Description

Kottayam is the administrative capital of the district and is located in south-central  Kerala. The city is an important trading centre for spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Major Kerala print media such as Malayala Manorama, Deepika and Mangalam are headquartered in the town.

Also a pioneering center of modern education in Kerala, Kottayam became India's first city to achieve 100% literacy in 1989 while the district became the first tobacco free district in India on September 28, 2008. It is known as the "Land of Letters, Lakes and Latex" on account of the upsurge in literacy, the presence of a vast network of rivers and canals, which empty into the great expanse of Vembanad and the sizable volume of natural rubber produced here. 

Apart from being the educational hub of Kerala, Kottayam is also home to central and state government organisations.  It is the official headquarters of the Catholicos of The East who reigns on the Supreme Throne of St. Thomas the Apostle.

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Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam(16 kilometres, in Kerala, famous for its backwater tourism.Kumarakom has a wide variety of houseboats and is well known throughout the world for houseboat experience. They are used only for tourists these days.


Vembanad Lake

Vembanad is the longest Lake in India and the largest lake in the state of Kerala. It is also counted as one of the largest lakes in India it is known by different names in different localities vizPunnamada Lake in Kuttanad, Kochi Lake in Kochi. 


Elaveezhapoonchira

Ilaveezha Poonchira is a tourist destination located in melukavu village in Kottayam district near Kanjar. Ilaveezha Poonchira is surrounded by three enchanting hillocks - Mankunnu, Kodayathoormala and Thonippara. This makes the place ideal for trekking.


Poonjar Palace

 It is a small town in the Kottayam district of Kerala  state.  The Poonjar Palace is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a bygone era. Within the palace walls is an extraordinary royal collection of antiques and exquisite furnitures. Near the palace is an amazing replica of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple.


Vaikom

The Vaikom Mahadeva temple is one of the few temples which is held in reverence by both Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites. The Sreekovil is round in shape roofed with copper sheets and with two chambers. The Mukha Mandapa - the first chamber is built in shaped stone and single piece woods. The Garbha Griha(Sanctum Santorium) – the second chamber is built completely in stone including the roof in a square shape.It is a very curious and peculiar fact that we are unable to obtain the Darsana of the Supreme Saiva Chaitanya from this Sreekovil without passing through a 'six steps' either from the Gopura or the Nada. It may be reminding us the Shad (six emotions) such as Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Madha and Mathsarya or the thantrik chakras as per the thanthrik Kalpana.


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