Area : 2200 sq . km
Headquarters : kottayam
Tourist season : sept – March
Kottayam , the first eco city in kerala located about 154 km north west of the capital city trivandrom and the 64 km south west of the queen of Arabian sea, kochi. The special attractions of kottayam includes, gigantic mountains, western ghats, Paddy fields, coconut trees, rubber ,tea and pepper plantations etc.
Religious face of kottayam includes, 50 temples, 100 churches, and numerous mosques . The main pilgrim spots are Sabarimala, Vaikom temple, Ettumanoor temple, Bharananganam church , Aruvithura chruch , Mannanam church etc.
The nearest railway station is at kottayam and the nearest airport is at kochi.
Central government has been planning to develop a tourism park at vagamon, as a part of 12 th plan . After the successful completion of this project, we are expecting a huge hike in number of tourists. Because of the geographical and climatic reason, year by year , visitors are increasing . The existing facilities are facing difficulties to accommodate this heavy traffic . After this project , vagamon should become a tourist spot with good infrastructure and transporting facilities.
Munnu noyambu thirunnal at Marthamariam Fora nae church will be held on 21 ,22 ,23 rd january. The prime attraction KAPPAL PRADHIKSHANAM(ship procession) is on 22 january at 1 pm. The flag hoisting ceremony on 20, by Fr. Abraham Kollthanathumalayil. Kuravilangadu is ready for accepting thousands of devotees to it’s heart . By the joint effort of different government departments , a lot of facilities are available for devotees.
Puthuppally is a Christian pilgrimage centre located in kottayam district of kerala. The world famous PUTHUPPALLY PERUNNAL will be celebrated in St. George orthodox church puthuppalli from april 28 to may 7 . The puthuppalli church is a Georgian pilgrim centre . it is under the control of Malankara orthodox church . it was built in 1750
The perunnal celebration begins with the hoisting of the perunnal flag on april 28 . Usually thousands of pilgrims attends the perunnal ceremony .
In this year the perunal ceremony begins with a procession followed by the hoisting of flag by Yuhanon Mar Thedoros , he is the metropolitan of kottarakkaraa – punalur diocese .
The peculiar feature of puthuppalli peruannal is , its rituals are very similar to the rituals in temples . on the 10 th day of the festival , that is in may 7 the famous VECHOOTTU take places . In the penultimate day of the vechoottu the parishioners from the puthuppalli and Ericadu villages will come to the church , in a grand procession and they bring firewood to the church . These firewood are used to prepare meals for the vechoottu
The puthuppalli Rhasa will be take place with a colourfull procession with gold and silver crosses . Elephants are also take part in this procession. In this day the world famous RHASA MASS take place . in this year the Rhasa qurbana will be led by Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose 11 .
Bharananganam is now growing as one of the most famous pilgrimage center in India., which is located in kerala state in kottayam district. About 50 lakhs of visitors are arriving at bharanganum to see the first Indian saint.
Alphonsa chapel(st mary’s forane church anakkllu, bharanganam) can be easly arrived by bus, there is frequent bus from kottayam –pala-bharananganam.
Cochin international airport is about 76 km from kottayam town. The routes are nedumbassery- aluva-kalamassery-thripunithura-ettumannor-pala-bharananganam. Or nedumbassery- kalady-perumbavoor-muvattupuzha-thodupuzha-pala-bharananganam.
The nearest railway station is about 33 km away.
The life history of saint alphonsa can be summarized as
|Born||August 19,1910 ,kudamaloor, kottayam district , kerala,india|
|Died||July 28, 1946 , bharananganam|
|Venerated.in||Roman catholic church|
|Beatified||February 8, 1986, kottayam by pope john paul 11|
|Canonized||October 12 , 2008 by pope benedict xv1|