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Kunnathukal

Kunnathukal is a village in Perumkadavila Block Panchayat. It situated at about 30 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. The place is bordered with Tamil Nadu in its south east region. In the past, Kunnathukal was a village with main roads, wells for drinking water, heavy stone benchs, chola trees and stone lanterns. All these were established by the ancestors as a proof of the social service interest of the people of that time. Among them, the Thattittambalam and Aruviyodu (Kadamparamoola) and Kuzhikkada (Chekin Moodu) have monuments today. The chola trees planted along the roadsides are still in the shade as large trees. Kunnathukal is the birthplace of many great ancestors. Diwan Peshkar E. Paramupillai and E. Sivaraman Nair (Chief Engineer, Public Works, Thirukochi) are among them. Diwan Peshkar was a great man who laid the foundation for the progress of kunnathukal panchayath. As a result of his tireless efforts, the Kunnathu Village Office, Anchal Office, Sub-Registrar's Office, Market and the first English Church (now Paramupillai Memorial High School) were established. He also donated land for the Panchayat Rest House at Karakonam, the Desasevini Library and the TV kiosk. His son Krishnan Nair, who was the Welfare Commissioner in the Government of Maharashtra, was a classmate and close friend of former President KR Narayanan. The people of Kunnathukal have also been associated with the National Movement, inspired by the Neyyattinkara-based activities related to the National Freedom Movement. The agitation by the agricultural workers at Koranamkodu for the increase of wages of the agricultural workers and against untouchability is a historic event. Sukumaran (Kumar Anand) led the agitation. Kumar Anand, a former Navy officer, lost his job as a result of his involvement in the famous Navy mutiny in connection with the freedom struggle. This was the first agrarian strike in South Travancore against inequality and injustice. John Domastian, a missionary from Spain, established 12 churches in the Kunnathukal panchayat as part of his missionary work and worked among the poor and backward. The Baptist missionary, who later came from Belgium, cited the churches built by his predecessor and established a school in Undakode. The school was later upgraded to Undankode St. John's High School. He was the founder of the Undankode Orphanage which is still functioning and had a church, which is now a pilgrimage center. K. Shivashankar Pillai, the first president of Kunnathukal panchayat, organized the Harijans and agitated for entry to the Chezhunganoor Mahadevar temple. About a hundred years ago, there were churches for Malayalam education in this panchayath. The schools of that time were Karakonam, Thachankode, Perambakonam, Kottukonam and Kudayal. In 1943, classes for English education were started in Karakoram. The village is also the birthplace of the famous Malayalam poet Professor V. Madhusoodanan Nair. The libraries of this panchayath are functioning under the leadership of special committees. Of these, Desasevini Library (Karakonam0, Vidyavilasini (Kunnathukal), SSM Public Library (Kottukonam) and Janatha Library & Reading Room are still functioning well. Desasevini-Karakonam is the oldest of these libraries. Chimmindi Temple is also located in this place.

Place

Kunnathukal

Taluk

Neyyattinkara

Village

Kunnathukal

Village Office

Chavadi Junction, Kunnathukal - Perumkadavila Road

Village Phone

0471-2251889, 8547610217

Post Office

Kunnathukal

Pin Code

695504

Parliamentary Constituency

Thiruvananthapuram

Assembly Constituency

Parassala

District

Thiruvananthapuram

State

Kerala

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Kattakkada

Kattakada is a Taluk in Thiruvananthapuram. It is located at about 13 km west of Neyyattinkara and about 18 km south of Nedumangad. Also the place is located at about 20 km east of Trivandrum. Neyyar Dam is the nearest tourist spot situated at about 10 km away from Kattakada. Christian Arts & Science College, Pankajakasthuri Ayurvedic Medical College and PR William Higher Secondary School are the major educational institutions in the panchayath.

Kattakkada was once a densely forested area, the aborigines are a tribal people known today as the Kanikars. This area was part of the old Travancore. In the olden days, the journey of the village chiefs to the regular village meetings held at Kattakada was described as a trip to Kattalkada. The history of the place suggests that it was later abandoned and the place is renamed to Katttakada. Gandhi Ramakrishna Pillai, Ponnara Sridhar, Lakshmanan Pillai Sir, Shantiniketan Krishnan Nair and Satyanathan were some of the prominent freedom fighters of the region. The Kasturba Library, which was started at Kattakada, was the first library in the panchayat. Initially the name of this panchayat was Kulathummal Panchayat. Kattakkada Panchayat was formed in 1953. Kulathummal Panchayat was renamed as Kattakada during the period 1963-1979. Etturuthi Madhavan Nair was the first president of Kattakada panchayat. Kattal Sri Bhadrakali Devi Temple is a place of worship that is over 500 years old. Other important places of worship are the Moliyoor Temple and the Sri Dharmasastha Temple.

Place

Kattakkada

Taluk

Kattakada

Village

Kulathummal

Village Phone Number

0471-2295344, 8547610226

Post Office

Kulathummal, Taluk Kattakada

Post Office Phone

0471 - 229 0380

Pin Code

695572

Parliamentary Constituency

Attingal

Assembly Constituency

Kattakada

District

Thiruvananthapuram

State

Kerala

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