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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.



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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.



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kuravilangadu-church

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.



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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 .

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SAINT ALPHONSAMMA

SAINT ALPHONSAMMA

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
Feast July 28



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