Kottayam is the land of Letters, Latex and Lakes. As a district, Kottayam has the highest literacy in India. It was the first town in India to attain total literacy. The town is also the birth place of the publishing Industry and home of the fourth estate in Kerala. Kottayam located in central Travancore has the lofty Western Ghats rich in cardamom and pepper, coffee and tea to the East and lovely Vembanand Lake and the vast 'Kuttanad' to the West.
Bordered by the lofty and mighty 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 and a totally literate people have given Kottayam District the enviable title: The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes. Kottayam Town is the first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy.
Kottayam is the first town in India selected by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India to be transformed as an Eco City. Mr K R Narayanan, the former President of India hails from KottayamDistrict. 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.