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Living in Kottayam, Kerala:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Kottayam, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 25 people living in Kottayam what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Kottayam is such a beautiful place with generous people. People here are very kind-hearted. They have a really good appreciation for great food. Kottayam is known as the ‘Land of Letters’. Kottayam lies somewhat in the middle of the state, Kerala. Kerala is known as God’s own country’. It is blessed with an amazing range of flora and fauna.

Santhosh, says: 2020

My city Kottayam is a 50 Km drive from the nearest airport. Kottayam s known for it highest literacy rates. It has the biggest lake in the state. It is also famous among tourist for its renowned backwater boating. Kottayam is the birthplace of the Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy.

Jedson, says: 2020

Though my city is beautiful and clean, it doesn’t have cab service or online food delivery service. City is not a metro city. My city lacks network connectivity for many mobile network providers. Our water is pretty clean and safe. So far city is not in containment zone. City has even terrain.

The place which I am residing in is a town area. The airport facility is not available here; the nearest airport is about 80 km apart. So this place is not suitable for busy businessmen who need airline facilities continuously.

Altamas, says: 2020

Kottayam is a haven for city dwellers, who wants to have a touch of nature in their lives. The lush green vegetation with the cityscape, not to mention the historical importance, will leave you at awe. The people around are usually busy professionals, but are really helpful, nonetheless. But have a good knowledge of Malayalam, as natives don’t tend to speak other languages much.

My city, Kottayam is known for different names like “City of letters” and “City of latex”. It is the first fully literate district in India and is one of the two main tourist sites that offer backwaters. One speciality of my city is that most of the schools and churches are built by the British before independence. The first school, and the first arts-college in Kerala, reside in my city.

Anushka, says: 2020

Our city is famous for its beautiful landscape and hill stations. It is predominantly a Christian region with many famous churches that attract a lot of tourists yearly. The major source of income is through rubber plantations. Malayalam is the language used by the commons while a lot of the educated ones speak fluent English too.

Ravindra, says: 2020

Kottayam is a small town, somewhat in the middle of Kerala in India. All basic facilities are available in the city. The city is ‘The Land of Letters’ because the district has the most educated crowd in the country. The climate in this city is also good.

Saumya, says: 2020

Kottayam is a place that is known for extraordinary qualities. It is beautiful, has great views, fun things to do, parks, playgrounds historical sites. There are no distinct seasons in Kottayam, as it has a tropical climate like that of the rest of Kerala. Humidity is high and rises to about 90% during the rainy season.

Ameena, says: 2020

I would advise him or her to not to move to Kottayam because of two reasons: First, it is full of smoke and dust and can be fully labelled as a polluted city. Second, there is noise pollution. But if he or she seeks jobs, they have come to the right place.

Kottayam is a district with 100% literacy. It hosts some of the best educational institutes in Kerala. It is not a big city but offers all of life’s necessities. The people here are very friendly and co-operative. It is a beautiful city with a lot of greenery.

Vihaan, says: 2020

Kottayam is a small town considered to other marvelous metropolitan cities in India, hence the charm and fantasy one expects from a ‘city’ cannot be found here. It is in the mid of a small southern Indian state called Kerala and it’s known for it skyrocketing literacy rates and lush green spaces. Though not a place known for buzz and banter it’s a beautiful space to live in for someone who places safety and calm environment in his or her mark sheet in evaluating a city they live. Evening rains, hassle-free traffic and safe living spaces can be extra brownie points.

Prashanthi, says: 2020

Kottayam is a beautiful city, nestled in the heartlands of the coastal state of Kerala. It has incredible sights and mouth watering bites. Mixing old traditions and innovations it a fascinating blend of mixed ethnicities and strong political ideologies. The perfect way to see what the city has to offer is a day spent bobbing down the backwaters in a houseboat eating fresh-caught fish listening to Bob Marley softly play in the background as you drift past walls plastered with Che Guevara and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Our city is the land of lakes, latex, and letters. Most people are leading a peaceful life. There are many tourist spots and our various dishes are also here. Most people are educated and the first college in Kerala is also in our city. We have also a fully equipped medical college.

One of the best cities of Kerala, India. City of letters and latex. First city to attain 100% literacy. City with lots of natural beauty abounding in rivers, hills and beautiful dense forest area. This city has always kept its cultural identity at its height. Kottayam has good connectivity with other major cities of the state both through railways and road transport.

Chirag, says: 2020

The weather is unpredictable. It can be raining in the morning and by evening it could be sunny. There are a lot of places to visit like museums and various cliff points. It’s a city of different type of foods and it should be experienced in various restaurants that are spread across the city. Make sure not to get lost in it.

Someone moving to my city should know regarding the basic cost of living in this area and shopping facilities available in the area. he/she should be aware about the local languages used and preferably should possess basic driving skills also. If interested, it is better to possess a route map regarding the important places associated with the work that one possess, if related to a job.

Mohammed, says: 2020

Land of backwaters where you can relish the beauty of nature along with the tasty culinaries which prompts you to visit again. The city provides ample sites to be in a place of religious harmony in the form of temples, churches and mosques. The place reminds you of the tagline “God’s own Country”.

Rajinder, says: 2020

Anyone who is interested in leading a peaceful suburban life is assured happiness here.
1. Kottayam city is not as lively with nightclubs and pubs as the other nearby cities. If you are the one interested in nightlife, rule out Kottayam.
2. Shopping in Kottayam will tear your pockets. The price for everything here is high compared to the nearby cities. Buy essentials from another place.
3. This is a place of lush vegetation and brimming wildlife. If you are interested in wildlife observation, bring along your tools.

Kumbeswaran, says: 2020

Be ready for climate change as it’s a tropical area. Never forget to try the food out there as you will find various variety of food with different taste. We use more species. You can find different cultural in one place. You will find greenery and pleasant environment.

Sundarlal, says: 2020

Kerala, the state I reside in, is ‘God’s own country’. The people in Kottayam have hearts of gold which is extremely necessary in a society today. Anyone moving to Kottayam would find the process comfortable because of the wide range of services and facilities available here. However, unlike metropolitan cities like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam does not have major food delivery services like Swiggy, Zomato, UberEats and the like.

Kottayam is a wonderful city. It offers the hustle and bustle of a small city, and the peace and quiet of backwaters. In recent years, the restaurant industry has picked up, and has grown by leaps and bounds. There is a wide array of cuisines to choose from. Kottayam also has one of the finest textile markets in the state, where you can shop to your heart’s content.

Gautham, says: 2020

Kottayam is an attractive tourist place for all, especially for foreigners. It is blessed with nature with its unique geographic features made up of hill stations, green valleys, rivers, etc, an evergreen attraction to the tourists. It offers a true feel of nature at its best and offering a unique ambience.

Kottayam is a very peaceful place, filled with trees and beautiful scenery. It is the most literate district in Kerala. It has the best educational institutions and very good health care facilities. People are very friendly and helpful here. There are great tourist spots in Kottayam like Kumarakom and Illikkal Kallu. Kottayam is famous for its rubber plantations.

Dinsha, says: 2020

Kottayam is a place where people are brutally honest, daring and exceptionally loving. if moving to Kottayam, you are assured to get a comfortable stay, loving neighbors and clean air. However, it would be great if you have a friend nearby, otherwise chances are that you may get lost in the many twisting inroads of the town.

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