Peermed, an inviting hill resort with an altitude of 1066 meters, is a place worth visiting while going to Kottayam.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is another place worth visiting from Kottayam. It is the place to go if one wants to have a look at the natural habitat of elephants, the tiger and the bison.
The Thirunakkara Shiva Temple is also a famous must-see spot in Kottayam. The temple is a storehouse of the typical Kerala temple culture. The walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful paintings. Phalguna Utsav is celebrated here every March. The Kootiattam or the Sanskrit dramas are also an event of attraction in Kottayam.
One of the places to visit near Kottayam is Kumarakom. It is in the west of the Vembanad Lake. This lake is also famous for the seasonal migratory birds that come to this bird sanctuary in their respective seasons. Backwater cruises are accessible from this spot. A number of visitors flock to this place during the tourist season while visiting Kottayam.
Forty km north of Kottayam is another important Shiva temple known as the Vaikom Temple. This temple is associated with the legendry Parasurama. This temple also depicts the typical Kerala temple culture and is worth visiting while holidaying in Kottayam. Wagamon is another place to visit while going for excursion in and around Kottayam. The place is 60 km from Kottayam town. This place has good spots for trekking and so the place is called the trekkers' paradise.A few other places worth visiting while at Kottayam are St Mary's Church (Valiapally), St Mary's Orthodox Church (Cheriyapally), and St Joseph's Monastery (Mannanam).