Kottayam || Kottayam
Bordered by the grand Western Ghats on the east, and the Vembanad Lake and scenic paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a beautiful land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, waterways, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills, extensive rubber plantations, and a totally literate people have given Kottayam district the enviable title, The land of Letters, Legends, Latex and Lakes. Kottayam has a few firsts to its credit including the distinction of having been the first to achieve 100 per cent literacy in Kerala. The first English education centre and Kerala's first printing press were also set up in Kottayam. Kottayam is also the largest producer of natural rubber in India.