Ilaveezhapoonchira, a hill station near Melukavu Mattom, 60 kms from Kottayam is an ideal trekking spot in Kottayam. Elaveezhapoonchira means valley where leaves don't fall and is named so because the place has no trees. This is also one of the best places in Kerala to witness both the sun rise and sunset. Located among three beautiful hillocks Mankunnu, Kudayathoormala and Thonippara, Poonchira is a place of picturesque charm.
Kottayam Town is the first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy (a remarkable feat achieved as early as in 1989). Kottayam is the first town in India selected by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India to be transformed as an Eco City. An important trading center of spices and commercial crops like rubber Kottayam is also one of the most prosperous districts in Kerala.
Kottayam - The land of letters latex and lakes..
Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, extensive rubber plantations, places associated with many legends and a totally literate people have given Kottayam District the enviable title: The land of letters
Thomankuthu, located 17 kms from Thodupuzha is famous for its waterfalls. A seven step water falls that drop down from a height of 1500 meters is a much loved picnic spot. At each step, there is a cascade and a pool beneath.
Vembanad Lake, 14 km from Kottayam is the base for backwater cruises, boating and angling. On the banks of the lake is Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Spread in an area of 14 acres of land, the Kumarakom Bird Sancruary is located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise is a favourite haunt of local avians as well as migratory birds like Siberian Cranes.