Kottayam Information


What is this city famous for?



This city of southern India is mostly famous for rubber trading. The place is even known as one of the important trading center of commercial crops and spices. It is one of the locations of the panoramic backwaters of the country.

Geographical location of Kottayam



Geographically located at 9° 35' 42" N and 76° 31' 52" E, Kottayam is a city as well as a district in the state of Kerala in India.

Bordering areas of Kottayam



The district of Kottayam is bordered by the other Kerala districts of Ernakulam towards its north, Pathanamthitta towards its south, Idukki towards its east and Alappuzha towards its west.

Main river of Kottayam



Being situated on the bank of the river Meenachil, the main river of Kottayam is Meenachil River.

When did Kottayam come into existence?



Kottayam mainly came into existence on 1st July, 1949.

Is there any other name of Kottayam?



This city located in the southern part of the country is even regarded as "Akshara Nagari".

How big is Kottayam?



The city of Kottayam stretches over a total area of 2, 203 sq. kms.

At which altitude does this city lie?



The city is located at an altitude of 35 m above the level of the sea.

Population of Kottayam



This district ok Kerala has got a total population of 1, 953, 646. However, as per Census 2001, the city of Kottayam had a population of 1, 72, 878.

Density of population of Kottayam



The district of Kottayam has got a population density of 1, 025 per sq. km whereas, the city's density of population is 28 per sq. km.

Literacy rate of Kottayam



The city has got a literacy rate of 95.82 % as published in the report of Census 2001.

Municipal Chairman of Kottayam



The city's existing Municipal Chairman is Sunny Kalloor.

Standard Trunk Dialing (S. T. D.) code of Kottayam



The S. T. D. code of Kottayam is 0481.

Contact number of Kottayam Police



The Police Control Room of Kottayam can be directly contacted by dialing the telephone numbers 100 or + 91 - 0481 - 5550400.

Main religions of Kottayam

The main religions of the place are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.

Climatic condition of Kottayam

The city being located within proximity of the equatorial region has got a tropical type of climate. People experiences pleasant and moderate climatic conditions with little variation of temperature from one season to another. The average annual temperature varies in between 20° C to 35° C with an average yearly rainfall of 3600 mm.

Best time to visit Kottayam

The best time to visit Kottayam is in between the months of September and March.

Nearest airport to Kottayam

The nearest airport to this city of Kerala is Cochin International Airport situated at a distance of 90 km towards north.

Nearest railway station to this Keralian city Kottayam

Kottayam Railway Station (KTYM), located in the center of the city is the main and the nearest railway station to the place.

Which is the main port of Kottayam

The 1st multi-modal I. C. D. port of the country of India, Kottayam Port is located in Nattakom, a place near Kodimatha on Kodoor River's bank.

Famous tourist attractions in Kottayam

The city being a place of Indian backwaters is a tourist's paradise. Apart from that, this mountainous region of the state is known for natural beauty. Lush greenery of the forests even contributes to the beauty of the city. Some of the renowned places to visit in and around the city are mentioned below:
  • Anchuvilakku
  • Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls
  • Bharananganam Church
  • Cheriyapally
  • Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple
  • Erumeli
  • Good Shepherd Church
  • Kannadipara
  • Kayyoor
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Manarcad Church
  • Nattakom and Panachikad
  • Peerumed
  • Thazhathangadi Mosque
  • Thirunakkara Mahadeva Shiva Temple
  • Vaikom
  • Valiyapally
  • Vazhikkadavu
  • Vembanad Lake
Main hill stations in Kottayam

To name a few of the known Kottayam hill stations are:
  • Ilaveezhapoonchira
  • Illickal Kallu
  • Illickal Mala
  • Kannadipara
  • Mankallu Mudikal
  • Munnar
  • Vagamon
  • Vazhikkadavu
Type of soil found in Kottayam

The main type of soil found in the city of Kottayam is alluvial soil.

Which are the most famous sports of the place?

The most popular Kottayam sports include basketball, cricket and football.

Can we gather any other information about the city?

Some of the important facts about the city of Kottayam are given below:
  • A pioneering center of Kerala's modern educational system.
  • In the year 1989, the place became the 1st municipality of the nation to achieve cent percent literacy.
  • On 28th September, 2008, the district of Kottayam became the 1st Indian district to be free of tobacco.
  • Kottayam's Public Library is based at Sastri Road.
  • The Plantation Corporation of Kerala is headquartered in Kottayam.
  • This city is the birth place of St. Alphonsa, the 1st woman canonized by the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church as saint.
  • Popular among the religious tourists, Kottayam tourism has got a huge contribution to the city's economy.
Last Updated on 09/05/2013