Kottayam to Vaikom

Tourists can travel very easily from Kottayam to Vaikom availing various modes of transport. The town of Vaikom is located on the west of Kottayam district and is bordered by the Vembanattu Kayal (lake). The town is one of the oldest town not only in Kottayam but also in Kerala.

Trip to Vaikom from Kottayam is important because of the significance of the Shiva temple, which is located in the heart of the town. It is located nearly 32 kilometers south east of Cochin on the Ernakulam Kottayam Road. The famous Shiva Temple was constructed by Parasurama, the mythological creator of the state of Kerala. Huge number of devotees from all over India, visit the place during the 12-day Ashtami festival that is held in the months of November and December. On each day of the festival, special rites and rituals are performed. Elephant procession is one of the main attractions of the festival. The music and dance performances are also held as a part of the ritual.

The structure of this temple is the finest example of the Kerala style of architecture. The temple is popularly known as the Kasi of the South. In contemporary history, Vaikom is known for 'Vaikom Satyagraham' started by Mahatma Gandhi. The satyagraha aimed at abolishing untouchability. The journey from Kottayam to Vaikom is a popular weekend tour undertaken by thousands of leisure tourists. The town has a high potential as a tourist destination due to its vast expanse of backwaters and lush greenery.

Last Updated on 05 May 2011