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Land of Letters

Located in Kottayam, ‘The Land of Letters’, DC Bed & Breakfast is a subtle reminder of the golden yesteryears, of words and wisdom that have left their footprints, in the backdrop of a breathtaking landscape.

The epithet ‘Land of Letters’ bestowed upon Kottayam, traces the town’s rich history, culture and heritage.



English education in South India did actually start at the Old Seminary here at Kottayam in 1813.
The first Malayalam Printing Press (CMS Press) was established in Kottayam, by Rev. Benjamin Bailey, a Christian missionary, in 1820.
The first college in the State (CMS College) was also started at Kottayam in 1840.
Maiden printed Malayalam-English and English-Malayalam Dictionaries were published from Kottayam in 1846 and 1847 respectively.
Kottayam is the centre of publishing business in the State - Home to DC Books, the first ISO 9002 certified Indian Publishing and Book Marketing Company, and  to dozens of Malayalam newspapers and magazines, including the State’s earliest, The Deepika (founded in 1887) and India’s largest selling daily and weekly from the Malayala Manorama group.
The first Cooperative Society of Writers, Authors and Publishers (Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangham), for publishing books and periodicals was set up in Kottayam in 1945.
Kottayam was the first town in India to attain cent percent literacy (a remarkable feat achieved as early as 1989), an event which triggered a mass movement to make Kerala the country’s first cent percent literate State.
Kottayam is the first town in India selected by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, to be transformed as an Eco City.
Sri K.R. Narayanan, the former President of India, hails from Kottayam District.
The famous Booker Prize winning Book ‘The God of Small Things’ by Suzanna Arundhati Roy, is set in the backdrop of a small village ‘Aymanam’ in Kottayam.

Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. Most of India's natural rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam, also home to the Rubber Board, one of the country's primary commodities boards.

Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, extensive rubber plantations and a literary background have resulted in the popular sobriquet for Kottayam: ‘The land of letters, latex and lakes’.

The district of Kottayam is surrounded by Ernakulam district from its northern side, Idukki district from its eastern side, the districts of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta on its southern part.

Kottayam is the ideal take off point for visits to Peermade, Munnar, Thekkady, Ernakulam and the temple city, Madurai. It is also a gateway to the pilgrim centers of Sabarimala, Mannanam, Vaikom, Ettumanoor, Bharananganam, Erumeli and Manarcaud

If you would like to take a trip to this exotic 'land of letters', contact us right away. We’ll be happy to have you as our guest.

 
 
 
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