Kothamangalam is a beautiful town in the mountains of Kerala, India. Kothamangalam is now one of the most important pilgrim centres of Kerala, with a dozen churches, half a dozen ancient temples and a few sacred mosques. The place is spiritually glorified by the ancient Thrikariyoor Temple, mosques, St. George Cathedral, St. Mary’s Church (Marthamariyam Valiyapally) and Mar Thoma Cheria Pally. The city is also known as Entrence of High Range.
Kothamangalam is 80 km from Munnar.
Nearest Railway station - Aluva 35 km / Ernakulam - 53 km. From Aluva bus station, located just opposite to railway station, one can get frequentis buses for Kothamangalam. Bus journey can take 40 to 50 minute.
Nearest Airport - Nedumbasserry (Kochi) - 34 km.
Salim Ali Wild Life Sanctuary in Thattekkad is 14 km from Kothamangalam is the home for the bird sanctuary where we can find some of the rare species of birds. Exotic birds flock in the sanctuary and make this place a heaven for any ornithologist.
Bhoothathan Kettu is a good picnic spot, 10 km from Kothamangalam. There is a dam here and in the reservoir one can go for boating too. The legend says that the dam was built by a "Bhootham" using the rocks, which is the ample proof for the name. Trekking through the forest to the old Bhoothathan Kettu is very interesting. The forest offers a wide variety of flora and fauna and is a botanist delight.
Ancient temples in or near Kothamangalam are:
- Valiyakavu in Ambalaparambu
- Charupurathu Srikrishnaswamishathram in Ambalaparambu
- Choriyankavubhagavathi temple in Kottappady
Ayakad Mahadeva Temple Edathil sri mahaganapathy temple Sri narasimha swami temple Sri maduraminakshiyamman kovil
- Birds lagoon Resort Thattekkad is a resort with a private lake and mountains around near the Thattekkad birds sanctuary. see Birdslagoon for more details
- Hotel Maria International (***)
- Mundackal Plantation Homestay (****) Mundackal Estate, Pindimana PO, via Thrikkariyur, 686 698 Kothamangalam, Kerala
Being a gateway to HighRange (the western ghats, Sahyadri region, is a high altitude cool belt with defined tourist places), almost every traveller touches this town. Famous Munnar is just about 75 km away.