Kerala State Football Championship

47th Kerala State Senior Football Championship (inter-district) is live and kicking at the floodlit Nehru Stadium, Nagampadam. The championship will run for 10 days with the Finals on Sunday, 3rd April 2011.

The opening match saw Team Wayanad triumph over Team Thiruvananthapuram (3-0). Kottayam’s first match is against Alappuzha, on Saturday, 26th at 06:00 pm

Kottayam entered the finals beating Wayanad  in a match that reached a tie-breaker (5-3). In the finals, Kottayam will take on Kollam, who beat Ernakulam in the second semi final (2-0). The final match is scheduled for 06:00 pm at the Floodlit Nehru Stadium, Nagampadam.

Kollam won the championship beating Kottayam in the finals (4-0).

Fish Galaxy – Public Aquarium, Now Open

The Kottayam Aquarium is located adjacent to the Municipal Jubilee Park, Nagampadam. After Naalumanikkaattu on the Manarcad – Ettumanoor bypass, the public aquarium is a wonderful addition to the gradually-increasing list of leisure spots.

Location: Adjacent to the Municipal Jubilee Park, Kurian Uthuppu Road, Nagampadam.
Working Hours: 11 am to 7 pm – Monday Holiday.
Tickets: Rs. 20/- for adults and Rs. 10/- for children.

The air-conditioned aquarium houses a huge variety of magnificent fishes and amazing marine biomass. This project is aided by the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and is executed by Kottayam Municipality in association with Matsyafed. There is sale of aquariums and accessories too.

In addition to the spacious parking area inside the compound, there is ample space on the Kurian Uthuppu road side too.
Club the Aquarium and the Jubilee Park for an evening; it will be a great family evening.

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2 of the Top 25 Hotels in India are in Kottayam

In the 2011 edition of TripAdvisor.com’s Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards, the Zuri Kumarakom and Vivanta by Taj, Kumarakom are ranked among the Top 25 Hotels in India. 20 million travellers voted in the poll. The Zuri Kumarakom is ranked 10th and Vivanta by Taj is ranked 25th.

Out of the Top 25 Hotels in India, 5 are in Kerala. The other 3 are Old Harbour Hotel, Kochi (ranked 2nd), SajHome, Kochi (ranked 4th) and Camp Noel, Munnar (ranked 14th).

With the roads and facilities getting improved, the flagship tourist destination of Kerala, our Kumarakom, will see a rise in domestic tourism too. The upcoming lake-side walkway at Kumarakom will definitely become another wonderful spot for a quick-trip.

The Zuri Kumarakom

Vivanta by Taj

Special Mention: The recently opened Fairmont Hotel, S. H. Mount (4 star) is a magnificent addition to the luxury hotel line-up.

Kalolsavam Draws Near. Preparations Soar.

Note: The factual details given below are subject to change as committees reconsider options.

The works of the Six-level pavilion at the main venue – the Police Parade Ground – will be finished by 7th, Friday.

At Nagampadam Nehru Stadium, works of two food courts have started. These will cater to 4000 participants at a time.

(Tentative) A model of the Champion Trophy will be taken from Ettumanoor to Kottayam, through M.C. Road on an open vehicle on10th January, Monday.

500 NCC Cadets, 500 Scouts, 300 Red Cross volunteers, 150 NSS volunteers are assigned for duty.

300 students are being trained by Police Officials and teachers to help in traffic duty during the Kalolsavam.

24 Hour Dedicated emergency cell at District Hospital. Every venue will have a dedicated medical team. 10 dedicated ambulances will be ready near the Venues.

The Fire & Rescue Units will be on standby, day & night, for all days at the three main venues – Police Parade Ground, Thirunakkara Ground, Nehru Stadium.

Under the District S.P., 13 Dy. S.P.s, 31 Circle Inspectors, 152 Sub Inspectors and 1500 constables will be assigned for special duty.

Public Water Supply system will be completely chlorinated by this week.

Frequent quality checks at hotels and eateries will be enforced.

Waste removal will be done thrice a day from all the venues and the food courts.

35 special buses will run between the venues, food courts and the accommodation spots.

Shops and buildings along K. K. Road will be lit up.

The inaugural procession will start at 2 pm on 17th, Monday from Gandhi Square, Thirunakkara. It will proceed  through the K. K. Road and will reach Police Parade Ground. V. S. Achuthanandan, Hon. Chief Minister, will  inaugurate the Kalolsavam and the first event will start by 6 pm at the main venue.


Work in progress: The Six-level pavilion at Police Parade Ground

Jabulani Days

Since the prime matches in the World Cup 2010 are late into nights, crowds at the home appliance shops are yet to be seen. The activity and noise is expected to grow as the tournament advances.

However, there is just no decline in the passion. Hoardings are planted at almost all junctions, mostly celebrating Brazil and Argentina.

Nagampadom Temple Junction

Jabulani replica on display at Sony Center, Logos Junction

Promotional stuff at Sony Center; Sony being a FIFA partner