Kottayam Backwaters : Kottayam features panoramic backwater stretches, vast expanses of paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations. The literacy rate here is 100% and thus, it is so named that it means the land of letters. It is also known as the land of latex and lakes. Situated close to the Chandragiri cruises starting from Chandragiri Bridge and featuring a mosque and the ancient Kizhur Sartha Temple, the cultivation of the cash crops makes Kottayam a economically sound place. The Venbanad Lake, the paddy fields of Kuttanad and Western Ghats all surround Kottayam making it one of the most exotic destinations of Backwaters of Kerala. A night trip across the shimmering waters of the legendary Punnamada Lake, venue for the famous Nehru trophy snake boat race, opens new vistas of pleasures and delights.
The R-block offers astonishing sights of paddy being grown many feet below sea level, seeing the toddy tappers at work and an opportunity to mingle with the warm and friendly locals. One may also opt for angling and fishing here. Kottayam has played a major role in the state politics of Kerala and has been heavily influenced by Maharaja Marthandaverma, the erstwhile ruler of Kerala. The exotic landscape of Kottayam consisting of three types of land composition, known as low, middle and high. Ernakulam surrounds Kottayam in the north, Idukki in the east, Alphuzza and Pathanamthitta in the south and Vembanad Lake to its west. A canal connects the Lake with Kottayam.