Aymanam: A hidden hamlet of Kerala

Aymanam
Aymanam, Kottayam

The term ‘Aymanam’ is derived from multiple languages. ‘Ay’ is a Tamil term that means five and ‘vanam’ is a Sanskrit word, meaning forest. The name refers to the five forests Vattakkadu, Thuruthikkadu, Vallyakadu, Moolakkadu, and Mekkadu) that once existed in the location of the village.

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AYMANAM: KNOW MORE

ABOUT

Aymanam is like a quaint little village straight out of fiction. Made famous globally by Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning novel, The God of Small Things, it continues to attract tourists who come in search of scenic backwaters, vast stretches of paddy fields, and swaying coconut farms, detailed vividly in the novel. This beautiful village is located only 10 km from Kumarakom, and about 8 km from Kottayam. The name “Aymanam” is derived from two words Ay meaning “five” in Tamil and vanam meaning “forest” in Sanskrit. The name refers to the five forests – Vattakkadu, Thuruthikkadu, Vallyakadu, Moolakkadu, and Mekkadu – that once surrounded this region. How to Reach The nearest railway station is Kottayam, located about 7 km from Aymanam.

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport Ltd. (CIAL), which is about 88 km away. Nearly two-thirds of Aymanam is, at present, covered by paddy fields. Vembanad Lake lies to the west of the village. Meenachil River flows through it. This verdant landscape makes it a favorite spot for migratory birds during summer. Country boat rides through the backwaters and interior canals, offering glimpses into the village life and the refreshing beauty of the river-side hamlet, form the highlight of this tourist destination.

CONNECTIVITY

Railway station: Kottayam Railway Station, 7 km away

Flight: Cochin International Airport Ltd., 88 km away

Activities: Boat ride, Sight Seeing, Bird Watching, Rejuvenate and Relax

Best Time to Visit: September to March

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