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Top Choice South Indian in Kottayam


This traditional Keralan restaurant at the Windsor Castle overlooks some picturesque backwaters and serves tasty Keralan specialities like chemeen (prawn curry). Buffet deals are offered on weekends.
Sports in Kottayam

Aranmula Boat Race

This water regatta recreates a ritualistic journey in honour of Krishna. It’s a spectacular event, with crowds cheering while the rowers shout along with the boatmen, who steer the boats and lead the chants.
South Indian in Kottayam


A lovely, spotlessly kept 1st-floor dining room with slatted blinds, Thali is a swankier version of the typical Keralan set-meal place. The food here is great, including Malabar fish curry and thalis.
Multicuisine in Kottayam


A favourite place in Kottayam to fill up on Indian and Chinese fare. There's a friendly, family atmosphere, the dining room is modern and tidy, and the menu expansive.
Cultural in Kottayam

Thirunakkara Utsavam

All-night Kathakali dancing on the third and fourth nights of this 10-day festival; processions of elephants mark the finale.