Situated in the God’s own country, Kottayam is one of the most beautiful places in Kerala and India. The city has the perfect mix of natural beauty, history, culture, and adventure, which makes it one of the best holiday spots. Ancient churches, gushing waterfalls, bird sanctuaries, art galleries, scenic backwaters, historic forts, and crystal clear lakes–Kottayam is a gem that has something to offer every kind of traveller. 

Here are some places to visit in Kottayam on your next trip:

Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake

Vembanad is the largest lake in India and one of the most popular Kottayam tourist places. It is a great picnic spot for nature-lovers to watch the rivers and canals in Kottayam combine. It’s a good spot for sightseeing, fishing, and boating.

Monroe Lighthouse

Not too far from Vembanad lake, the Monroe Lighthouse is a great spot to enjoy the panoramic view of Kottayam. Climb to the top and enjoy one of the most scenic sunsets you will ever see! You can watch various species of birds, boat races, and fishing activities in the distance in the Vembanad lake.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Situated near the banks of the Vembanad lake, Kumarakom bird sanctuary is one of the best tourist places near Kottayam. The 14-acre sanctuary is home to some of the most colourful and unique species of birds. It is a paradise for bird lovers where one can sit in the green fields and watch these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.

Mozart Art Gallery

Mozart Art Gallery

Located in Aymanan village, Mozart Art Gallery is a must-visit spot for art lovers and enthusiasts. It’s one of the best places for artists and art enthusiasts to marvel at the classical and contemporary paintings displayed. You can learn more about the methodology, techniques, and thought-process behind these paintings and sketches at this gallery.

Marmalade Waterfalls

Marmalade waterfalls is a gorgeous spot for both nature-lovers and adventure-seekers. The trek to the waterfall may be challenging, but the view at the end is rewarding. After the tiring trek, one can jump into the freshwater pool formed under the waterfalls to wash away the tiredness and relax!

Taj Juma Masjid

Taj Juma Masjid is a 1000-year-old mosque in Kerala known for its rich cultural and architectural beauty. The intricate wood carvings, Indo-Russian art on the murals, and surrounding rich greenery make it one of the best tourist places in Kottayam. 

Elaveezha Poonchira

Elaveezha Poonchira

Situated in the lap of nature, Elaveezha Poonchira is a nice spot for nature and adventure lovers. You can take a hiking trip where you will come across beautiful waterfalls and lush greenery. The view from the valley is simply breathtaking!

Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Bay Island Driftwood

Art and history enthusiasts must visit this museum carefully curated driftwood articles and root structures. The museum is owned by an art lover whose enthusiasm is sure to pass on to you too.

Thiruvarppu Temple

Thiruvarppu temple

For those looking for a spiritual experience, the Thiruvarppu temple is a must-visit. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The calming ambiance of the temple and the surrounding greenery will make it a beautiful experience on your trip.


Vaikom is secluded and situated amidst nature, making it a great getaway spot from the hustle-bustle of the city. Vaikom is close to the beautiful backwaters of Kerala and has many ancient churches and historical spots that are worth visiting.

Poonjar Palace

Poonjar Palace

For a truly royal experience, one must visit the Poonjar palace. Explore the exotic furniture, antiques, lamps, jewel boxes, Nataraj sculptures, and beautiful chandeliers and lose yourself in its beauty. One can visit this palace to admire its intricate architectural style.

Illikkal Kallu

Illikkal Kallu is one of the highest peaks in Kottayam. The misty air, surrounding greenery, and the rocky mountains make for a majestic view that will offer adventure-seekers the perfect thrill. 

St. Mary Orthodox Church

St Mary Orthodox Church

A 440-year-old church in the middle of Kottayam, St. Mary Orthodox Church is known for its beautiful architecture. The church is full of paintings and murals that you can marvel at for hours. The surrounding rich greenery and ambiance of the church make it one of the most peaceful spots to visit.

Thangal Parra

Thangal parra

Thangal Parra is a sacred pilgrimage spot and a beautiful location for nature lovers. Crystal clear lakes, hills covered in lush greenery, and cascading waterfalls form this beautiful location perfect for a weekend getaway. One can even go on hikes and treks here to explore the surrounding areas. 


Located 3000-feet above sea level, Nadukani offers a beautiful view of Nilgiri hills on one side and the Muvattupuzha river on the other. 

Not too far from the Kottayam city, Arookutty is a scenic little village where Club Mahindra awaits to host you and offer holiday experience that is not only comfortable but also magical. So, when are you visiting Kottayam?

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