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"A Small Town of the Sahyadri Range"

Kattappana Tourism

Kattapana is an infrastructurally fast-growing municipal town located in Idukki district, Kerala. The people of Kattapana are mostly involved in farming. There are various cultivation ranging from tea, coffee, pepper, and so on which gives the town a spread of greenery. The town has a number of religious places of visit.

The pleasant climate is one of the highlights of the town. The town is also popular for the yield of a unique variety of cardamom called Njallani. It was named after Sebastian Joseph Njallani who developed it. The Anchuruli tunnel and the beautiful hilltop closer to it are a major attraction in the city. The city is fast growing in terms of infrastructure and is also one of the towns in Kerala with a high literacy rate of 92%.

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Places to Visit

1. St. George Forane Church
The church is located at a distance of 1 kilometre from the centre of the city. The locals most visit the Syro-Malabar Diocese of Kanjirapally. The beautiful church has a very peaceful ambience.

2. Sree Dharma Shasta Temple
The temple, which is about 60 years old, is an important religious place to visit, especially for Hindu devotees. There are different sanctums dedicated to Lord Sastav, Swami Ayyapan, Goddess Durga, Lord Ganapathi.

3. Portincula Capuchin Ashram
The Ashram is located at a distance of 2 kilometres from the heart of the city. The ashram is a very tranquil place of visit with a lot of greenery spread around the site.

Local Culture

Original Inhabitants
Initially, in the early 1950s, a large number of Tamil farmers resided in the town. Even till date, a few Tamilians continue to inhabit in Kattapana.

Kattappana Communites
Currently, many Syrian Catholic people who migrated from Central Travancore in the 1950s form the majority of the population in Kattapana. Other community people like Nadar, Nair and Ezhava can also be spotted in the city. Many Muslims and Hindu communities are spread across the city. Near Kovilmala, the Mannan tribe is strengthened by a reasonable extent.

Languages of the Region
The official languages in the town are Malayalam and English. However, there are people from different ethnicity in the city.

St. John's Hospital

The hospital is located at about 1.5 kilometres from the heart of the city. Brother Fortunatus Thanhauser founded it in the year 1968. At that time, there were no hospitals in the locality, and the nearest hospital was 110 kilometres away. To solve the issue, for the time being, a temporary dispensary was started. It was necessary to start the makeshift dispensary to import German hospital apparatuses. This dispensary came handy to get visas for the German Brothers who were invited to plan for the construction of the hospital as well. The initial setting of a hospital with 60 beds and three doctors, is now a massive landmark of the city. The 450 bedded multi-speciality hospital has various speciality departments such as Pulmonology, Dental, Neonatology, and Ophthalmology. There is also a special school within the campus which was started in 1998. The hospital now functions as one of the accessible dispensaries in the city with standard equipment, well-qualified doctors and compassionate nurses.

Kattappana History

Kattapana initially belonged to the Udumbanchola district and was later included in the newly formed Idukki district. It then became a grama panchayat in 1962 under the headship of V.T. Sebastian. Marking a milestone in the history of Kattanapan, it became a municipality in 2015. Many Syrian Catholic families from Palai, Chenganassery migrated to Kattapana in the 1950s. Also, before the migration of the Catholics, a large group of Tamil farmers were inhabited in the city. St. John's Hospital in Kattapana has contributed to the proud history of the town. As the district was in a remote area with no proper roads, many patients died cause it took time to reach the closest hospital, which was 110 kilometres away. To resolve the issue, St. John's Hospital was inaugurated in February 1971. With 60 beds and three doctors, the hospital began to function.


Day 1
Visit the churches and temples such as St. George Forance Church, Sree Dharma Shasta Temple, Sree Narayana Gurudeva Temple in the morning. During the latter part of the day, watch a matinee show at the city's famous theatre Sagara Cinemas 4K 3D. It is necessary to enjoy the ambience that Porticuno Capuchin Ashram offers which can be visited in the evening to mark the closure of the day.

Day 2
Explore the city's famous tea, coffee and cardamom plantations during the morning. In the afternoon, enjoy the Anchuruli tunnel and the nearby waterfalls. The area also has a small hilltop nearby where one can go trekking.

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What is famous about Kattappana?

The spread of greenery and the various plantations in the city is the major attraction. Adding to it are the number of religious places to visit across the city.

What is famous about Kattappana?

The spread of greenery and the various plantations in the city is the major attraction. Adding to it are the number of religious places to visit across the city.

What is not so good about Kattappana?

There aren't any adventurous places to visit in the city, and not many areas where the kids can have fun. Also, it is not a place for history enthusiasts.

Who should visit Kattappana?

The town is a must visit for those who have an eye for nature. It is also an ideal place for spiritual and religious people.

What is the best time to visit Kattappana?

The climate is Kattappana is pleasant and wet throughout the year. In summers, the climate is comfortably warm with a little rainfall every now and then. Between the months of June and November, the city receives plenty of showers and the climate is towards the cooler side. The best time for sightseeing in the city is between the months of December and March when there is very less precipitation.
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What are the places near Kattappana?

The top places near to Kattappana are Munnar which is 47 km from Kattappana, Alleppey which is located 76 km from Kattappana, Kodaikanal which is located 76 km from Kattappana, Thekkady which is located 10 km from Kattappana, Idukki which is located 11 km from Kattappana

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