Kottayam – A Area of Special Characteristics in India

KOTTAYAM is a land of one of a kind features. Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanand on the west, it is the only district in Kerala that neither shares a border with neighboring states nor with Arabian Sea. The city of Kottayam is referred to as “Akshara Nagari” considering it truly is contribution to print media and literature. It is also identified as the land of LATEX, LETTERS, LAKES & LEGENDS. Kottayam can assert lots of firsts to it really is credit score.


1] Kottayam municipality is the very first town in India to have reached 100% literacy (in 1989), in 1991 kottayam district achieved 100% literacy

2] English training begun to start with time in south India at old seminary, Kottayam as early as 1813

3] The very first faculty in the Kerala State (CMS College or university) was also began at Kottayam in 1840. Vidyasamgraham, a publication of CMS Faculty, is the initial University Magazine in the Point out and was started in 1864.

4] The 1st English high faculty in Kerala was began by the missionaries of Church Mission Society (CMS), at Kottayam in 1821.

5] Baker Memorial Girls Superior University in Kottayam, established by Amalia Dorothea Baker, is the oldest girls’ universities in Kerala.

6] The initial printing push in Kerala was established (CMS Push) below in 1821 by Rev.Benjamin Baily.

7] Maiden printed English & Malayalam Dictionaries were printed from Kottayam in 1846 & 1865 respectively.

8] The very first travelogue in Malayalam, Varthamana Pusthakam (1778), composed by Parammekkal Thoma Kathanar was released from Kottayam

9] The initial autobiography in Malayalam by Vaikom Pachu Moothathu was released from Kottayam in 1870.

10] The very first Malayalam Bible was also printed from Kottayam.

11] The to start with and only Cooperative Culture of writers, authors and publishers (SPCS), for publishing textbooks and periodicals was established up in 1945 at Kottayam.

12] Deepika, the initial day by day newspaper in Malayalam & revealed from Kottayam, Started in 1887.

13] Kottayam is the residence city of a huge amount of textbooks and periodicals and 70% of guides in Kerala are getting revealed from below. Preferred publishing houses like Malayala Manorama publications, D.C.guides, Labour India Publications Ltd, Mangalam Publications, Deepika, V Publishers, Vidhyarthimitram, Avanthi publications, Countrywide guide stall (S.P.C.S).


1]. Sri K. R. NARAYANAN, the initially keralite to develop into the President of India was born in Kottayam District.

2] Justice K.G.BALAKRISHNAN, who is the to start with keralite to develop into Main Justice of India also hails from Kottayam district [Incidentally K. R. NARAYANAN & K.G.BALAKRISHNAN are the first Indians to be elevated to those positions from dalit community, which shows Kottayam’s achievement in providing education to all sections of society]

3] Kottayam also offered birth to DR.E.C.G.SUDARSHANAN, who is the 1st malayali to get prestigious Third Globe ACADEMY OF SCIENCE Award in Physics and he was nominated for NOBEL PRIZE 6 situations.

4] Kottayam has supplied start to MAMOOTY, The actor has received BHARATH award 3 situations.

5] SISTER ALPHONSA who was born in Kottayam, is the initial Indian, who was canonized as a Catholic saint

7] Miss. PARVATHI OMANAKUTTAN is the initial malayali to turn out to be the runner up in planet magnificence contest also hails from Kottayam

8] MRS.ARUNDHATI ROY, Who is the initially Indian citizen to acquire the prestigious booker prize was born in Kottayam.

9] Kottayam is the 1st city in India, selected to be reworked as an Eco Metropolis

10] Apart from KANNUR & ALEPPY, KOTTAYAM also given start to two main ministers of Kerala (P.K.VASUDEVAN NAIR & OOMEN CHANDY).

11] The legendary writers this kind of as Ramapurathu Rama Warrier, Kottarathil Shakunni Menon & Vaikom Muhamed Basher are sons of Kottayam.Two of the Ashtavidya parmbara households (well known for historic ayurveda treatment method) outside Bharathapuzha basin hail from kottayam.

12]. Kottayam is also a gateway to the famous pilgrim facilities like Sabrimala, Manarcadu church, Puthupally church, Aruvithara Pally, Bharanaganam alphonsa shrine, Panachikkadu temple, Vaikom temple, Ettumanoor temple,,Vennimala temple, Malliyoor temple & Erumeli Vavaru pally

13] Kottayam is also identified as second Vatican owing to huge number of Theological seminaries & bishop homes.


1] VEMBANAD LAKE, the most significant lake in Kerala which addresses an space of 1512 km2, is involved in the listing of wetlands of intercontinental relevance, as defined by the Ramsar Conference lies in the west of Kottayam district. Five key rivers of south Kerala [Achenkovil, Pampa, Manimala, Meenachil & Muvattupuzha] flows in to this lake & Famous PATHIRAMANAL ISLAND situates in Vembanad Lake.

1] KUMARAKOM, Rated as 1 of the leading 15 lovely spots in the entire world by the National Geographic Magazine, is just 14 kms away from Kottayam city, lies on the jap banking institutions of Vembanad lake.


1] Kerala accounts for 70% of the Rubber output in India, key aspect of this being the contribution of Kottayam. That’s why lots of key rubber based mostly industries have established in Kottayam. The Indian Rubber Board, Plantation Corporation of Kerala,Oil pam india Ltd. & Kerala Forest Enhancement Company have their headquarters at Kottayam. Kottayam is picked by IGNOU for starting a class in plantation administration (Very first of its form in Asia).

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Kottayam is also renowned for 3 ‘K’s, i.e., KAPPA, KARIMEEN, KALLU (TODDY)

Resource by Aju Chacko