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Old March 1st, 2010, 11:09 AM   #1
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Kottayam - The land of letters, Latex, Lakes and Legends



For those who've not heard of Kottayam before

Kottayam is a town and a district in the State of Kerala.

The district headquarters is Kottayam having a poulation of about 70000 and U/A population of 3 lakhs.

Kottayam Town is the first municipality in the country to have achieved 100% literacy, a feat achieved as early as in 1989 itself. CMS college, the first college in Kerala and CMS press, the first printing press in Kerala are located in this Town. The district is also a leader in printing and publishing industry, in Kerala - Hence the title 'Land of Letters'.

More than 20% of the natural rubber produced in the country comes from the well kept rubber estates of Kottayam (mainly from the Taluks of Pala and Kanjirappally), which makes it the largest rubber producing district in the country. The Headquarters of rubber board of India is located in Kottayam, which is one of the primary commodities board under Govt. of India. This gave Kottayam the title - 'The Land of Latex'.

Kottayam district is bordered by the mighty Western Ghats in the east and Vembanad lake in the west. The western parts of the district is agriculture oriented, mainly paddy cultivation.
Kottayam district has no sea shore but around 50 Kms of Lake shore.
Kumarakom, the famed backwater destination is located in this district, which is just 14 Kms away from Kottayam Town.This makes it The land of Lakes.

The nearest beaches are in the neighbouring Alleppey district, which can be acessed in 45 minutes - 1.5 hours from Kottayam Town.

Kottayam has many places associated with myths and Legends - Hence it is also known as 'The Land of Legends.

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Old March 1st, 2010, 11:18 AM   #2
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Kodimatha boat jetty
This is the main ferry station in Kottayam Town.

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Old March 1st, 2010, 11:32 AM   #3
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Kottayam during X-mas 2009

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Old March 1st, 2010, 11:37 AM   #4
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Beautiful Thazhathangadi - Just a stone's throw away from Kottayam Town, but still maintains the old world charm

Source: http://kottayampattanam.com



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Old March 1st, 2010, 03:22 PM   #5
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Kottayam Town

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Old March 1st, 2010, 03:25 PM   #6
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Vembanad Lake View @ Kumarakom

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Old March 6th, 2010, 02:41 PM   #7
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Kumarakom lake Resort-one of the leading resorts in India

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Old March 6th, 2010, 02:59 PM   #8
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Muthoot Crown Plaza - A shopping complex

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Old March 6th, 2010, 03:02 PM   #9
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A residential locality in Kottayam

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Old March 6th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #10
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another view of seematti jn .





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ko...eematti_jn.JPG
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Thanks for the pic srinivas. But this pic is a very old one, more than 5 years. the construction of the roundbound wasn't over then.
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Kumarakom

Kumarakom isn't just about Vembanad lake. The place has numerous charming rivers, though not very wide.

In this pic, one can see the river 'Kavanar' meeting the Vembanad lake.

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kalthipady - A residential locality in Kottayam

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Changanacherry

Changanacherry is a beautiful Town in Kottayam district, located 18 Kms south of Kottayam Town.

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Kumarakom Sunset

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great pics

keep them coming
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Wow Changancherry looks so cute. Remove those ugly trucks and it will look perfect.
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great pics

keep them coming

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Wow Changancherry looks so cute. Remove those ugly trucks and it will look perfect.
Your wish is my command Martahaman.

Here's another pic of Changanacherry market and boat jetty, one of the oldest markets in Kerala.

Pic cc Jerry @ Picasa

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Your wish is my command Martahaman.

Here's another pic of Changanacherry market and boat jetty, one of the oldest markets in Kerala.

Pic cc Jerry @ Picasa

Krishna ,

I appreciate your efforts . Polappan thanne ........................
I think these places are on par with Mattanchery as far as history of trade & commerce of Kerala is concerned . The only diff is that while mattanchery & alleppey were centres of foreign trade Kottayam nd changanachery were involved in domestic business.
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