Situated at the foothills of the Western Ghats at a distance of 50 km from Kochi, Kothamangalam is a small charming town with religious and historical importance. In the past, it was a busy commercial center famous for hill produce and spices. The St Thomas Church of the Orthodox Syrians and the St Mary's Church built in the 14th century are the landmarks of this region. Thrikariyoor temple and Marthoma Cheriapally are other important spots. Bhoothathankettu dam is a nearby tourist spot.