Kottayam is a major backwater tourism site in Kerala which draws a large number of tourists every year. Geographically Kottayam is a hilly terrain with mist-clad mountains and breathtaking landscapes. Kottayam also houses famous temples, churches, and wild life sanctuaries that evoke tourist interest. Kottayam borders with Ernakulam on the north and Idukki on the east. Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts marks the southern part, while west is bounded by Vembanad Lake. The word Kottayam is formed by the amalgamation of two Malayalam words Kotta (meaning fort) and Akam (meaning inside). With its scenic beauty, Kottayam will never fail to amuse you.