Sports in Kottayam

Aranmula Boat Race

One of Kerala's biggest snake-boat races, held during Onam around 40km southeast of Kottayam, this water regatta recreates a ritualistic journey in honour of Krishna.
Cultural in Kottayam

Thirunakkara Utsavam

All-night Kathakali dancing on the third and fourth nights of this 10-day festival held at a 500-year-old temple; processions of elephants mark the finale (and may not appeal to all).