Set amidst picture-perfect views of lush paddy fields and the pristine Meenachil river, Aymanam is a quaint hamlet near Kottayam. This scenic village, located by the Vembanad Lake, has also been the backdrop of author Arundhati Roy's Booker Prize winning novel, The God of Small Things. Tourists can explore the area in a canoe that passes through the winding canals of the lake. Dotted with gorgeous houses built in typical Kerala architecture, Aymanam also provides great homestay options for tourists, which allow them to interact with the hospitable locals and get a glimpse of their culture. Tourists can also visit a Kathak master's house in Aymanam, which makes for a quintessential Kerala experience. You will not only get introduced to the traditional theatre form but the hosts would also be kind enough to invite you to share a home cooked meal with them.

The best way to explore this beautiful village is walking through its peaceful lanes and soaking in its old world charm. Pass through swaying coconut trees listening to the chirping of birds and observe the daily life of village folks. Aymanam is also home to a few temples and churches. The St George Jacobite Syrian Christian Church located in Kallumkathra will leave you amazed with its splendid architecture. The modern red and yellow tile flooring of the well maintained church complex leads you to the magnificent white building surrounded by lush coconut trees. The church was built two centuries ago and invites tourists throughout the year. Then, there is St Mark's CSI Church in Olassa, which is surrounded by lush lawns and is one of the most beautiful spots in Aymanam. Another attraction is Sree Narasimha Swamy Temple, dedicated to Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple draws huge footfalls during the months of August and September when the main festival of the temple is celebrated and a ritualistic procession called Arattu is held on the day of Thiruvonam. Narasimha Jayanthi is also celebrated with great fervour in the month of May. Another popular temple is the Pandavam Sree Darmashasta Temple. According to legend, the temple was built by the Pandavas during their exile. Check out the imposing murals of Hindu deities, which are the temple's most arresting feature. Aymanam is located on the outskirts of Kumarakom.

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