Kottayam

Location

Kottayam is located in one of India's most divine States - Kerala. It is ideally situated between the backwaters to the west, and the mountains and plantations of the Western Ghats to the east.

History

Kottayam is famous for being the first town in India to achieve 100% literacy but its history dates back centuries before this feat. The rulers of Munjanad and Thekkumkur had their headquarters at Kottayam. When the empire of Thekkumkur was attacked their palaces and fort were destroyed. But their ruins still stand here. Kottayam district was earlier a part of the princely state of Travancore. In 1868, the division of Kottayam was constituted. In 1949, Travancore and Cochin were integrated and Kottayam district was born in July 1949.

Cuisine

The cuisine of Kottayam is dependant heavily on locally grown rice and freshly found sea food. Both fish curries and vegetarian dishes are served with a generous helping of pride and love. Dishes are usually cooked with coconut and coconut milk.

Language

The native language is Malyalam. But as this is the Indian state with the highest rate of literacy, English is widely spoken, more so than even Hindi.

Attractions

In Kottayam there are many important historical sites such as temples and two 13th century churches namely, "Valliapalli" and "Cheriapalli". These churches contain artifacts which provide the earliest proof of Christianity in India. Kottayam is also conveniently located from Kumarokam. Kumarakom is famous for the backwaters and the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. In Kottayam there are also many other places of interest like the temple at Ettumanur, churches at Pala, and the village of Aranmula. Read more
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