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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.

Get in[edit]

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.

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Salim Ali Wild Life Sanctuary [3] 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:

  • Thrikkariyoor Mahadeva Temple
  • Parathottu Kavu Bhagavathi Temple
  • Valiyakavu in Ambalaparambu
  • Charupurathu Srikrishnaswamishathram in Ambalaparambu
  • Ilamkavu
  • Ayyankavu
  • Choriyankavubhagavathi temple in Kottappady

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Ayakad Mahadeva Temple Edathil sri mahaganapathy temple Sri narasimha swami temple Sri maduraminakshiyamman kovil

  • poika mahadeva temple.  edit
  • Mar Thoma Cheriapally, Kotahmagalam (Kothamangalam P.O.), [1]. Eldho Mor Baselios or Maphryono Mor Baselios Yeldho or Eldho Bava, was born in Bakhdida near Mosul in Iraq where Mort Shmoni and her 7 children suffered martyrdom. At a young age he joined the Mor Bahnan Monastery and become a monk.In 1678 he was consecrated Maphryono (Catholicos) by the Patriarch of Antioch Moran Mor Ignatius Abdul Masiha I. Catholicos Baselios Eldho was proclaimed as a saint by Catholicos Baselios Geevarghese II in 2 November 1947. Later Syriac Orthodox Church also declared him as a saint in 1987.  edit
  • St. George's Cathedral Church, Kothamagalam (Kotahmangalam PO), 0485-2862346, [2]. The Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam is an East Syrian Catholic diocese or eparchy in India, under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Pius XII in 1957. Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhy was the first bishop of the eparchy. Mar George Punnakottil served as the bishop until January 10, 2013, when his resignation was accepted by the synod. He was succeeded by Mar George Madathikandathil.  edit

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You can try traditional Kerala food, Fresh Toddy from Toddy bars which are situated in the out skirts of the town. All types of foods are served in the restaurants. The town has a variety chain of restaurants ranging from 5 star status to normal tea stall.

  • Hotel Uduppi, Kothamangalam, Near St. Joseph's Hospital and SBI. This is a vegitarian hotel  edit

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  • CLOUD9 HOTEL(***) Kothamangalam 04852828231
  • 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

Get out[edit]

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.

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