Kottayam district is a beautiful district in Kerala with the natural beauty of hills, backwaters and lakes. Most of the places in Kottayam are hilly regions like Vagamon, Elaveezhapoonchira etc. Kumarakom, known all over the world for its exotic backwaters, is situated about 12 km from Kottayam town. Kottayam has the title "The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes." Most of Indias natural rubber originates from here
Kumarakom is situated 12 km away from Kottayam, on the banks of Lake Vembanad. A Bird Sanctury is located at Kavanattinkara near Kumarakom. The Bird Sanctuary is now a major tourist attraction and has been bought under the jurisdiction of KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation).
Vaikom Mahadeva temple is located at Vaikom, about 40 km awaya from Kottayam. The Mahadeva Temple at Vaikom is one of the most famous and oldest Siva temples in Kerala. The utsavam in this temple is celebrated for twelve days during the dark lunar fortnight of Vrischikam
Mahadeva Temple at Ettumanoor is located 13 km away from Kottayam town.The Ezharaponnana and Kedavilakku of this temple is famous. Myths have it that the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. The arattu festival of this temple is celebrated on a grand scale on the Thiruvathira day in Kumbham (February- March) every year.
Erumeli situated 60 km away from Kottayam on the banks of Manimala River. A famous Sastha Temple and Mosque of Vavar, who is believed to be the friend of Sri Ayyappa are the places of attraction to the tourists. Petta Thullal at Erumeli is actually a mass frenzied dancing accompanied by loud music created by traditional instruments of this region.
The Saraswathi Temple known as Dakshina Mookambika temple is situated at Panachikkad about 10 km from Kottayam on the way to Changanasseri. This temple is as famous as the Mookambika temple at Kolloor. The presiding deity is Goddess Saraswathi, the Goddess of Knowledge and Learning. The main event of celebration in this temple is the Saraswati Pooja festival, which is observed during the September-October period. The nine day festival Navarathri is famous here.
Koottikkal is a beautiful tourist place in the forest situated in the western ghats 5 km from Mundakkayam in Kottayam District. There are streams and waterfalls in the surrounding places. The artificial lake created in the Manimala river by the Check-dam and the waterfalls at Vadakkemala near Koottikkal are the peculiarities of this place. Rubber plantation is a prime crop in Koottikkal valley. The old-world charm of British Plantations is still around with purity of village life.
Wagamon is a hill top resort near Palai,in Kottayam District. Vagamon, situated 60 km away from Kottayam, at a height of 1100 m above sea level. It is a suitable place for mountaineering. The Kurisumala and Kurisumala Hermitage here are famous pilgrim centres. The area is full of Tea estates.The breeding centre of the Kerala Live Stock Board is located here