Kottayam is the largest rubber producer in Kerala. A stop-over for Sabarimala pilgrims, Kottayam is also know as a gateway of Highranges. The city, spread over hills, is basking in the reflected glory of Kumarakam, a tourist hub and bird sanctuary in the district. The lakeshore city is on the 'backwater' circuit. Several publishing houses are headquartered here.
Tourist Spots
Kumarakam :
10 km away from Kottayam.
Pilgrim centres : Bharananganam, Mannanam : Pilgrim centres
Conveyance to
Nearest Airport Cochin. (76 km). Thiruvananthapuram Airport (152 km.)
Rail: Kottayam Railway Station 2 km., away from the KSRTC Bus Station and is connected with major cities and tourist centers.
Road: Private buses for intra-district service. KSRTC operates buses to all major cities in the state. Kottayam-Kumali road leads Tamilnadu state. M C road cuts through the town.
Water: Ferry Station 3 km away from Railway station. Services to Alappuzha, Mannar, Chempakulam, Mankombu and Ambalapuzha.

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