Acclaimed as the land of letters, latex, and lakes, Kottayam has the distinction of being the first-ever fully literate municipal town in India. It is renowned for its first English educational centre in South India as well as the first Malayalam printing press which was established by Benjamin Bailey, a Christian missionary, in 1820 AD. Today, it holds the distinction of publishing about 80 per cent of the books published in Kerela. Acknowledged as the nerve centre of Kerala's newspaper industry, a total of five dailies are published here. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations characterize this picturesque land, a favourite among artists and tourists. The majestic Vembanad Lake and the stunning backwaters of Kumarakom are prime attractions.
Unbelievably beautiful, Kottayam is linked with mountains and backwaters. Tourists have a wide range of travel options. Bird watching enthusiasts are in for a treat, history and art buffs must visit the Poonjar Palace and the Driftwood Museum. The place never runs out of leisure options with its water cruise and luxury stays.
Kottayam does not have an airport. The nearest airport is Kochi Airport (COK), Ernakulam, Kerala, 51 km away.
Kottayam (KTYM) railway station is well connected with all major cities in India.
Kottayam is well connected by road network to major cities of India.
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