Kottayam is a city & capital of Kottayam district Kerala. 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 known as Akshara Nagari (City of Alphabets) in honour of its contributions to print media and literature. It is known as the Land of Letters, Lakes and Latex, and it was recently also titled 'the Mural City'.