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Kottayam: passing through

A March 2004 trip to Kottayam by cookiemonster

Quote: Kottayam is a middium size Keralan town near the Western Ghats. Tourists pass thorugh on their way to Kumilly and the Periyar Wild life reserve or to the Backwaters. However, Kottayam deserves a bit more of attention: it is worth spending a few nights to explore this town rich in cristian influence.

Kottayam: passing through

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Kottayam is not known to be a centre for tourism. It attracts tow sorts of tourists: those who decide to start their backwater tour from a rather more remote location than Kochin or Alappuzha. And those who head towards the high mountains that divide Kerala from Tamil Nadu. However, Kottayam is worth a stop for its own sake. I fell in love with this place. For the two lazy weeks I spent here I enjoyed every minute of it. It has a strong, or rather stronger christian influence than any other part of Kerala. Thus the reason why it is 'plagued' by churches, srines, and plenty of christian printing presses. These are well worth exploring, though I must admit that if you head towards Kumilly you will ...Read More
It is clean, comfortable, cheap, and well-situated near the bus stop. It has a great view across the main Hinud temple in Kottayam. It is always busy with pilgrims. So at the reception ask to be given you a room looking towards it. However, it can get a bit noisy at 4 o'clock in the morning, but it is still worth the view. Rooms have a TV set, hot water, and air-conditioning or fan. The room service is good. It's not particularly efficent; let's just say that if you order food, you are bound to get it sometime--but it is good. They have a laundry service, and it works pretty well, unless you leave your clothes during the rainy season, in which case it might just take a bit longer to dry out, as I ...Read More

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