Kottarakara is situated 27 km east of
. Attakatha, the style of poetry used in Kathakali, was laid down by King Kerala Varma, the erstwhile ruler of Kottarakara, in the 17th century.
Kottarakara Ganapathi Temple located here is a major shrine. The town also houses a 700-year-old Church of Mar Thomas. Kottarakkara Thamburan Kathakali Museum here unravels the history of Kathakali.
Kottarakara Railway Station is on the Kollam-
Tenkasi meter gauge line. The Kerala State Transport Corporation bus station at Kottarakara is a major bus station on the
Kottayam bus route and is connected to major cities of south India.