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 Kottayam History

Kottayam was ruled by the Rajas of the independent little kingdom of Thekkumkoor ruled from Thazhathangady till the mid-18th century. At that time, Marthanda Varma, the king of Travancore annexed Thekkumcore and surrounding areas of Kottayam to the History Of Kottayam Kingdom of Travancore. During the British rule of India, Kottayam continued to be ruled under the Princely State of Travancore.

Earlier, the Travancore State consisted of two revenue divisions viz., the southern and northern divisions, under the administrative control of a 'Diwan Peshkar' for each. Later in 1868 two more divisions Quilon (Kollam) and Kottayam were constituted. A fifth division, Devikulam existed for a short period but was then added to Kottayam. At the time of the integration of the State of Travancore and Cochin in 1949, these revenue divisions were renamed as districts and the Diwan Peshkars gave way to District Collectors. Thus Kottayam district came into being in July 1949. Later it became a part of Kerala, and the headquarters of the district bearing the same name when the state was formed in 1957.

The citizens of Kottayam played an important in the early social struggles in Kerala. In 1891 a protest movement, known as the 'Malayali Memorial Agitation', took place seeking a better representation for Travancoreans, compared to outsiders, in the Travancore civil service. It is believed to have started in Kottayam. This movement had a big influence in beginning the modern political movements of Kerala[citation needed]. During the 'Nivarthana struggle' which took place in the 1930s in Kerala seeking the representation of Hindus of the lower castes, Christians and Muslims in the Travancore Legislature, Kottayam played a major role. The famous Vaikom Satyagraha of 1924 against untouchability, led by Mahatma Gandhi, took place in Vaikom near Kottayam. It was the first systematically organized agitation in Kerala against orthodoxy to secure the rights of the depressed classes.


 Kottayam People

Kottayam People

People of Kerala wholly depended on traditional agriculture like paddy and tapioca the residents of Kottayam turned to rubber and cocoa, and capitalized on the high returns on their investments. At a time when traditional farmers find living out of farming income a losing proposition and commit suicide as re-payment of bank- loans become imminent- their timely shift to rubber proved to be a fore-sight that fetched them virtually a gold-mine. Then came the vanilla cultivation as a great opportunity, Kottayam was the first to grab it there are farmers who fetched thousands of rupees for a kilogram of vanilla bean!


 Kottayam Culture

Kottayam has its place of honour in the cultural map of Kerala. The culture of Kottayam is influenced mainly by the large presence of the Syrian Christian Kottayam History People Culture community. The cuisine of Kottayam is the same as rest of kerala, but with a distinct syrian christian influence vis-a-vis the use of cocunut and spices, as well as beef, pork and sea food Keralite Cuisine.

Margamkali and Arjuna Nritham are popular dance forms. Margamkali, which consists of group dance and martial arts like Parichamuttukali, is popular among the Syrian Christian community. It is performed by men and women separately. In the past, it was performed during Syrian Christian weddings. Arjuna Nritham, also known as Mayilpeeli Thookkam, performed by men was also popular. Besides these, popular South India dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattom, and Kuchipudi and classical Carnatic music are also learned by a large number of young people, mainly as a hobby and extracurricular activity.

Kottayam has produced many well known writers,journalists and artists. Muttathu Varkey -novelist and Pala Narayanan Nair -poet have all their footings in Kottayam. Kottayam Pushpanath -writer of crime thrillers lives at Kottayam. The famous Indian-English novelist Arundhathi Roy is a native of Aymanam in Kottaym District. Arundhati Roy's Booker prize-winning novel The God of Small Things was set at Aymanam. Cricket, basketball and football are among the most popular sports in Kottayam. Kottayam is also famous for athletics, as the place has produced several athletes who represented India. The main stadium of Kottayam is the Nehru stadium at the entrance of the town. A number of popular basketball tournaments including the Marian Trophy, Girideepam Trophy, Lourdes Trophy and Virginia Memorial tournament are conducted every year.

A municipal park is located by Sastri road. There are several movie halls which screen Malayalam, English, Tamil and Hindi movies. There are also restaurants that cater to Kerala, Tamil and Northern cuisines. Kumarakom, the major backwater tourism destination on the outskirts of the city has several luxury hotels and resorts including ones from reputed hotel chains like Taj, Zuri & Casino.


 Kottayam Festival

Since the time immemorial, Kottayam is Kottayam Festival regarded as the centre of preserving the culture and heritage. So, the festivals of Kottayam are reflections of an age old vibrant cultural inheritance. That is why the district of Kottayam is regarded as the cradle of religious harmony as exemplified by the numerous festivals.

Ettumanoor Festival: This is the ten-day annual festival celebrated in February to March to honor the age-old temple that has brought glory and fame to the place.

Thirunakara Festival: The annual festival of this temple falls in the months of March-April, when folk arts like "Mayilattam' and 'Velakali' are presented in the temple grounds during the evenings.


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