About Kottayam District, Kerala, India

With a literacy rate of over 95%, Kottayam boasts of being the literary capital of Kerala. Kottayam is the land of letters, latex and lakes. There are also many artistically and historically important temples and churches here like the Thirunakkara temple, Ettumanoor temple, Manarcad Church etc.

Kottayam District, Kerala - Basic Information
Head Quarters of Kottayam Kottayam
Area 2203 sq km
Major Religions Hindu, Christian, Muslim
Population Density 885 persons/sq km
Literacy 95.82%
Came into existence July 1, 1949
Main tourist attraction at Kottayam Kumarakom, House Boats
Kottayam is the ideal take off point for visits to Peermade, Munnar, Thekkady etc...
Altitude 35m above sea level
Kottayam telephone code +91-481

English education in Kerala first started in Kottayam. Rev.Benjamin Baily established printing press in Kerala at Kottayam. Malayalam English dictionaries were first printed from Kottayam.

Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, selected Kottayam as the first town in India to be transformed into an eco city.

Tourist Destinations in Kottayam

Kumarakom: With its luxurious backwater cruising, Mangrove forests, paddy fields, coconut groves and enchanting waterways, Kumarakom is a true Paradise for travelers. The bird sanctuary in Kumarakom is home to a variety of native and migratory birds.

Vembanad Lake: With an area of 260 sq.km., Vembanad Lake is the largest lake in Kerala. House boat cruises, boating, sightseeing and fishing are the main attractions. During Onam, boat races are held in the lake, making this otherwise serene water body, lively.

Temples and Churches: Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Thirunakkara Temple, Bharananganam Church, Manarcad Church are important religious centers.

Transportation in Kottayam
Air Trivandrum International Airport, about 160 km and Cochin International airport, about 75 km
Rail Kottayam has well connected railway routes to other cities.
Road A well connected road link with all the other cities in Kerala
Boat Boat service to Alappuzha

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