Welcome to Kottayam
Poised between the backwaters and the Western Ghats, 60km southeast of Kochi, Kottayam is renowned for being the centre of Kerala’s spice and rubber trade, rather than for its aesthetic appeal. It was also the first town in India to achieve 100% literacy, in 1989. For most travellers it’s a hub town, well connected to both the mountains and the backwaters, with many travellers taking the public canal cruise to or from Alleppey before heading east to Kumily, west to Kumarakom or north to Kochi. The city itself has a traffic-clogged centre, but there are a couple of intriguing sights in its northwestern suburbs.