KOTTAYAM is a land of distinctive traits. Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanand on the west, it’s the solely district in Kerala that neither shares a border with neighboring states nor with Arabian Sea. Town of Kottayam is named “Akshara Nagari” contemplating it is contribution to print media and literature. Additionally it is referred to as the land of LATEX, LETTERS, LAKES & LEGENDS. Kottayam can declare many firsts to it is credit score.
LAND OF LETTERS
1] Kottayam municipality is the primary city in India to have achieved 100% literacy (in 1989), in 1991 kottayam district achieved 100% literacy
2] English schooling began first time in south India at outdated seminary, Kottayam as early as 1813
3] The primary faculty within the Kerala State (CMS School) was additionally began at Kottayam in 1840. Vidyasamgraham, a publication of CMS School, is the primary School Journal within the State and was began in 1864.
4] The primary English highschool in Kerala was began by the missionaries of Church Mission Society (CMS), at Kottayam in 1821.
5] Baker Memorial Ladies Excessive Faculty in Kottayam, based by Amalia Dorothea Baker, is the oldest ladies’ faculties in Kerala.
6] The primary printing press in Kerala was established (CMS Press) right here in 1821 by Rev.Benjamin Baily.
7] Maiden printed English & Malayalam Dictionaries had been revealed from Kottayam in 1846 & 1865 respectively.
8] The primary travelogue in Malayalam, Varthamana Pusthakam (1778), written by Parammekkal Thoma Kathanar was revealed from Kottayam
9] The primary autobiography in Malayalam by Vaikom Pachu Moothathu was revealed from Kottayam in 1870.
10] The primary Malayalam Bible was additionally revealed from Kottayam.
11] The primary and solely Cooperative Society of writers, authors and publishers (SPCS), for publishing books and periodicals was arrange in 1945 at Kottayam.
12] Deepika, the primary each day newspaper in Malayalam & revealed from Kottayam, Began in 1887.
13] Kottayam is the house city of an unlimited variety of books and periodicals and 70% of books in Kerala are being revealed from right here. Standard publishing homes like Malayala Manorama publications, D.C.books, Labour India Publications Ltd, Mangalam Publications, Deepika, V Publishers, Vidhyarthimitram, Avanthi publications, Nationwide e book stall (S.P.C.S).
LAND OF LEGENDS
1]. Sri Ok. R. NARAYANAN, the primary keralite to turn out to be the President of India was born in Kottayam District.
2] Justice Ok.G.BALAKRISHNAN, who’s the primary keralite to turn out to be Chief Justice of India additionally 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 additionally given beginning to DR.E.C.G.SUDARSHANAN, who’s the primary malayali to win prestigious THIRD WORLD ACADEMY OF SCIENCE Award in Physics and he was nominated for NOBEL PRIZE 6 occasions.
4] Kottayam has given beginning to MAMOOTY, The actor has received BHARATH award 3 occasions.
5] SISTER ALPHONSA who was born in Kottayam, is the primary Indian, who was canonized as a Catholic saint
7] MISS. PARVATHI OMANAKUTTAN is the primary malayali to turn out to be the runner up in world magnificence contest additionally hails from Kottayam
8] MRS.ARUNDHATI ROY, Who’s the primary Indian citizen to win the celebrated booker prize was born in Kottayam.
9] Kottayam is the primary city in India, chosen to be remodeled as an Eco Metropolis
10] Other than KANNUR & ALEPPY, KOTTAYAM additionally given beginning to 2 chief ministers of Kerala (P.Ok.VASUDEVAN NAIR & OOMEN CHANDY).
11] The legendary writers reminiscent of Ramapurathu Rama Warrier, Kottarathil Shakunni Menon & Vaikom Muhamed Basher are sons of Kottayam.Two of the Ashtavidya parmbara households (well-known for historic ayurveda remedy) exterior Bharathapuzha basin hail from kottayam.
12]. Kottayam can also be a gateway to the well-known 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 called second Vatican owing to giant variety of Theological seminaries & bishop homes.
LAND OF LAKES
1] VEMBANAD LAKE, the biggest lake in Kerala which covers an space of 1512 km2, is included within the checklist of wetlands of worldwide significance, as outlined by the Ramsar Conference lies within the west of Kottayam district. Five main rivers of south Kerala [Achenkovil, Pampa, Manimala, Meenachil & Muvattupuzha] flows in to this lake & Well-known PATHIRAMANAL ISLAND situates in Vembanad Lake.
1] KUMARAKOM, Rated as one of many prime 15 stunning spots on this planet by the Nationwide Geographic Journal, is simply 14 kms away from Kottayam city, lies on the jap banks of Vembanad lake.
2] LAND OF LATEX
1] Kerala accounts for 70% of the Rubber manufacturing in India, main a part of this being the contribution of Kottayam. Therefore many main rubber primarily based industries have established in Kottayam. The Indian Rubber Board, Plantation Company of Kerala,Oil pam india Ltd. & Kerala Forest Improvement Company have their headquarters at Kottayam. Kottayam is chosen by IGNOU for beginning a course in plantation administration (First of its sort in Asia).
Kottayam can also be well-known for 3 ‘Ok’s, i.e., KAPPA, KARIMEEN, KALLU (TODDY)