About Kottayam ( latitude: 9.5869200, longitude: 76.5213200 )
Kottayam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala, spread over an area of 55.40 km2 and it is the administrative capital of Kottayam district. Kottayam is located in south-central Kerala and has a population of 357,533 according to the 2011 census.
The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Major Kerala print media such as Malayala Manorama, Deepika and Mangalam are headquartered in the town. Also a pioneering center of modern education in Kerala, Kottayam became India's first city to achieve 100% literacy in 1989 and the district became the first tobacco free district in India on September 28, 2008. The city of Kottayam is also widely known as Akshara Nagari (അക്ഷര നഗരി) (City of Alphabets) in honour of its contributions to print media and literature. It is patently accepted as the Land of Letters, Lakes and Latex. The crucial role played by Kottayam in the upsurge of literacy, the presence of vast network of rivers and canals which empty into the great expanse of backwaters (Vembanad) and the sizable volume of natural rubber together gives the name the Land of Letters, Lakes & Latex. An yet another kudos was recently accredited to the city as the first 'Mural City' in the state of Kerala and second in the country only to Shekhawati, Rajasthan.
Apart from being the educational hub of Kerala, Kottayam is also home to some of the central and state government organisations including Mahatma Gandhi University, Rubber Board and Rubber research institute of India and the Government Medical College, Kottayam. MRF Limited, the leading tyre manufacturers of India has its original roots from the city of Kottayam with a hi-tech manufacturing facility located at Vadavathoor, Kottayam. D.C. Books the largest publisher and a leading bookseller in Kerala has the headquarters based in Kottayam.
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