Aymanam is derived from two words : 'ay' in Tamil which means five and 'vanam' in Sanskrit which means forest. About eight km from Kottayam, Aymanam is a beautiful place, with Lake Vembanad bordering its western side and the River Meenachil flowing through it. The village is abundantly blessed with nature's bounty; visitors who wish to experience a heritage homestay must come here. This village is the setting for the Booker Prize winning novel 'The God of Small Things' by Arundhati Roy.