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Kottayam has a large network of waterways including rivers and backwaters. The main backwaters through this district include Kumarakom backwaters and a part of Vembanad Lake. There is an island here called the Pathiramanal Island which is very beautiful and attracts large tourists.

Boat races– During Onam time view Boat races here .

Puthupally -Puthuppally St.George Church is one of the oldest and renowned churches of Malankara Orthodox Church.

WaterfallsMaramala Waterfalls are situated in Kottayam district. It lies at a distance of 7 kms from Teekoy rubber estate. Kesari Waterfalls are also known as Valanjamkanam waterfalls. It lies in Kottayam district in between Kuttikanam and Murinjapuzha. Kuttikanam is an ideal place for trekking and is loved by the nature lovers. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls are located in Kottayam district around 2 kms from Kumarakom. It is a very beautiful picnic location.

Backwaters– Kumarakom Backwaters are one of the famous and a major backwater of Kerala lie in Kottayam and is called as the Kumarakom backwaters where many rivers and lakes flow into the Vembanad lake. Kumarakom is situated around 15 kms from the Kottayam town. Vembanad lake is situated in Kumarakom and its importance as a tourist destination is increasing at a fast pace. It is the largest lake in Kerala. Kumarakom is a group of islands which becomes a part of the Kuttanad area and some parts of Kumarakom lies below the sea level.

Island TourPathiramanal Island an island that is situated in the border of Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. At present it is a major tourist destination and is not inhabited by any.

Wildlife SafariKumarakom Bird Sanctuary situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake covers an area of 14 acres. There are a large species of migratory bird found here. These migratory birds may be either from the Himalayas or maybe even far from there. The flora found here includes mangrove and coconut trees, paddy fields etc.

Trekking-Ayyampara is a well known scenic location which lies at a height of 2000 ft above sea level. The area is rocky and the vast plain looks like a natural granite stadium. The view of the town from here is very beautiful and the area is very calm and silent. The place is less crowded and one can enjoy the beauty of the sunset from here. This is also an ideal place for trekking

Villages tours Ithipuzha is a small village on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, Kallara is a small village in Kottayam with scenic stretches of paddy fields,

Rubber and Tea Plantation– Vennimala is a beautiful hilltop destination which is covered with green vegetation and rubber plantations. There are many fresh water ponds which are well preserved.

Kottayam Backwaters

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