Lap 11 Kottayam

Lap 11 Kottayam is an on-board lap at 11 in the night, on a 10km one-way circuit combining existing roads in town. Watch it and then scroll down for the details.

Is it something official?
No. It’s purely for fun. There’s no official ‘track’ or ‘circuit’.

Why a lap at 11 in the night?
Because it’s impossible during the day. You’d take hours to complete one.

Okay, give the circuit map.

Does all the traffic rules apply?
YES. ALL THE TRAFFIC RULES. Please DO NOT attempt violating any.

Anything to be cautious about, in particular?
Yes, a few.

The stretch from Rubber Board to NH 220 entry at Kanjikuzhy, is very narrow and winding.

Take good care while joining NH 220 and turning back, heading town. It’s often a confusion-point.

The Caesar Palace junction at M.C. Road (Nagampadom) too, can enjoy some extra care.

And the time being night, most one-way routes are considered and used as two-ways by some. It’s advised to stick to the left lane always, to account for this.

Final comment?
Shasthri Road is the real stunner.

Almost a Sabarimala Basecamp

Every year, Kottayam, to be precise, Kottayam Railway Station becomes almost a basecamp for Sabarimala. Though Chengannur station is developed with this in mind, Kottayam is still the major stop en route Sabarimala by train. It has been so for years long back. During the season, railway station becomes a many in one spot. Buses, taxis and yeah, trains.

And the buzz never stops regardless of day and night.

The Sabarimala special information counter at the entrance

KSRTC Special Trips to Pamba are running continiously

Every Sabarimala season, all shops around the railway station takes a deep dip in ‘pure coconut oil’