State : KERALA
Kottayam is known as Akshara Nagari / Chuvarchitra Nagari / Land of 3L’s (Lake, Letter, Latex). Kerala leading newspaper Malayala Manorama, Mangalam, Deepika were started in Kottayam and also headquarters is in Kottayam. Nair Service Society headquarters at Changanashery, Kottayam. The renaissance leaders like Mannathu Padmanabhavan and Kuriakose Elias Chavara started educational institutions like colleges and schools etc in Kottayam. Kottayam is derived from word kotta which means fort and akam which means inside. Various political agitation held in Kottayam like Vaikam Sathyagraha and Malayali memorial.
Major rivers in Kottayam are Meenachilar and Manimalayar. Kottayam town is situated in the basin of the Meenachil river. Some parts of Vembanad lake is in Kottayam District. Kottayam is bordered by Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Alappy and Idukki districts. Most of the people in Kottayam depends upon the rubber cultivation. Headquarters of rubber board and plantation corporation are in kottayam
Ramapurathu Warrior, Mammen Mappila, Kattakayathil Cherian Mappila, Vaikam Muhammed Basheer, Ponknnam Varkey, Neelakanta Pillai, M M Paul, K R Narayanan, Muttathu Varkey Uzhavoor Vijayan, Mannathu Padmanabhan, G Aravindan, Ommen Chandy, Mammootty, Arundathi Roy are notable personalities from Kottayam. The first printing press was started in Kottayam.
The Best time to visit Kottayam is the winter season. Famous flower show, food festival, Thirunakkara pooram takes place at this season. Arjuna Nritham and Margamkali are the major arts of Kottayam. The major tourist destinations are Kottathavalam,Nadukani, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Ettumanoor Temple, Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramanal, Poonjar Palace, Vaikam Mahadeva Temple, Panachikkad Temple, Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, Thiruvarpu temple, Illikkal kallu, Thangal Hill, Tomb of Saint Alphonsa , Elaveezha Poonchira, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, Erumeli temple, and masjid
Kottayam has no airport, the nearest airport is Kochi International Airport. Kottayam railway station is located at the heart of the city, is well connected to other cities in India. Kottayam bus stand is also at heart of the city, and connected to several cities by government and private buses.