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Kottayam is one of the 14 districts in Kerala, which is bordered by the Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west. Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, extensive rubber plantations, places associated with many legends. It is known as the land of letters, legends, latex and lakes. Kottayam is also called as "Akshara Nagari" which means the "city of letters" considering its contribution to print media and literature. Kottayam Town is the first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy.
The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Most of India's natural rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam, also home to the Rubber Board. The first printing press in Kerala was established (CMS Press) here in 1821 by Rev.Benjamin Baily. Also the first college in the State Kerala (CMS College) was also started here at Kottayam in 1840. . Kottayam has a vast network of rivers, backwaters, ancient religious places, and hillstations. Kumarakom, the famous tourist place in the world is located on the Coast of Vembanad Lake.Kottayam is the ideal take off point for visits to Peermade, Munnar, Thekkady, Ernakulam and the temple city, Madurai. It is also a gateway to the pilgrim centers of Sabarimala, Mannanam, Vaikom, Ettumanoor, Bharananganam, Erumeli, Manarcaud, and so on



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