The life of Kottayam goes back to the time of the Kulasekhara Kings (1090 - 1102) ruled. At that time the region was a part of Vempolinad - the reason why the Vembanad Lake, which share its shoreline with Kottayam, was named so. In 15th Century the trading here was done with Dutch and Portuguese. Many of the Churches of the lakeside are attributed to this time. The city of Kottayam lies in between the Kodoor Lake and the Vembanad River. There is also the famous Bakers Junction and the Kodaimatha Boat Jetty on the Kodoor Road.
Kottayam is not famous for its backwaters but also for its historical monuments and Heritage Structures. There is a lot you can see in Kottayam.
Fast Facts :
- Location : Kottayam, South Central Kerala, on Vembanad Lake and Meenachil River
- How to Reach : From Kochi : NH 49 to Thripunithura, SH 15 to Thripunnithura; SH15 to Etturnanur via Keecherry, Thalayolaparambu and Vaikom; MC Road SH 1 to Kottayam.; From Thiruvanathapuram : SH1 (Main Central Road) to Kottayam via Venjaramoodu, Kilimannur, Kottarakkara. Adoor. Pandalam, Chengannur, Thiruvalla and Changanassery
- Distance : 75 kms South of Kochi and 4 hrs from Thiruvanathapuram by Road
- Price for Houseboats : Rs 10,000 - 15000 /-
- Best Time to Go : Indian Winters - Oct to Feb end