The town is a crucial commercialism center for spices and business crops particularly rubber. Former president shri kr narayanan hails from kottayam district. The origins of the Malayali Memorial phonephone movement is same to be from Kottayam. The regular Castes and alternative Backward categories in Travancore were denied access to the temples however conjointly to the temple roads. The movement had a no-hit finish, and Sir was overthrown.