Besides being associated with the Blessed Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Mannanam is the seat of the first seminary of the Malabar Church (1833), the first Catholic Sanskrit School in Kerala (1846), the first private printing press, CMS Press started by Rev. Benjamin Bailey (1846), and the first daily newspaper in Malayalam, the Deepika (1887). The Chavara Art Museum at Mannnam preserves a brilliant repertory of church history.
District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Kottayam provides an enchanting boat journey through the Pennar Canal to the picturesque backwater districts of Alappuzha and Ernakulam. Accommodation for tourists are available at the Mannanam DTPC Tourist Home.