Location of the Campus
St. Joseph’s Training College is situated at Mannanam in Kottayam District,adjacent to the famous Church where the tomb of Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara is venerated. It attracts tourists as well as pilgrims from far and wide. It is the birthplace of the first indigenous religious congregation for men of the Catholic Church known as CMI. It has contributed much to the development of our country in the cultural, educational and spiritual spheres right from its inception in 1831. The fact that the first Printing Press ( 1846) of the Catholic Church in India and the School of Learning (1846) sprouted at Mannanam adds reputation to the place as a Centre for dissemination of knowledge and spirituality. Geographically, the college is on the north-east side of the summit of the Mannanam hi1ls, facing the backwaters of Upper Kuttanad on the west, the hilly landscape of Kottayam Medical College on the east, the Mahatma Gandhi University campus on the north and Kudamaloor, the sacred birth place of Blessed Alphonsa on the south. The Mother House of the CMI Congregation stands at the apex of the hills. The college atmosphere is always calm, serene and suited for intellectual and spiritual pursuit. The scenery all around is enchanting. The gentle breeze far from the Arabian Sea in the west across the paddy fields and over the greenery of the long stretches of coconut and rubber trees, brings peace and solace to all those on the summit of Mannanam hills. There is a good network of transportation by road from all sides to Mannanam. The Water Trans- port Corporation operates daily boat service from Mannanam to Vaikom and Kannankara through the backwaters and Vembanadan Lake, connecting Mannanam to Kumarakom Tourist Complex and Pathiramanal.
The College is visible from Mannanam junction. It is 10 Kms away from Kottayam Railway station, 6 Kms from Ettumanoor bus station, 1.5 Kms from Mahatma Gandhi University Campus, 3 Kms from Kottayam Medical College and 70 Kms from International Air Port Kochi, by road.