|Elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Sex ratio||1000:1012 ♂/♀|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Nagercoil|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Padmanapapuram|
Kulasekharam is a small town located in the district of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the most important business centres in the district, after Marthandam. It is assumed that the overall money exchange within Kulasekharam is more than 25 million.
Kulasekharam has many rubber plantations that yield high quality latex, which is the town's major revenue source. It contains three medical colleges. Kulasekharam has a mix of Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities and has historically been a peaceful town. Malayalees and Tamilians form the majority of the population.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Administration
- 3 Tourism
- 4 Education
- 5 Location and significance
- 6 Medical facilities
- 7 Shopping
- 8 Climate
- 9 Culture and religion
- 10 Festivals
- 11 Transport
- 12 Communication
- 13 Commerce
- 14 Standard of Living
- 15 External links
The Tamil language name குலசேகரம is formed by adding "kula", which refers to bananas, and "Sekaram", which means a meeting spot in Malayalam. In the past it occurred in Arasumoodu, but it has now moved to the Kulasekharam Market. Kulasekhara is the name of a dynasty that ruled over Kerala.
Kulasekharam is a town panchayat located in Kanyakumari district, and comes under kalkulam taluk. It has 18 wards in the panchayat. The elected Councilors are responsible for the development of their wards. Drainage facilities, local roads, and water facilities are maintained by them.
The Kulasekharam Police station is located in Arasumoodu.
The Fire Control Station is located in Mamoodu.
Kulasekharam is named for its scenic views, but it doesn't have any scenic view spots within the city limits. It serves as a key place to reach various tourist destinations in Kanyakumari district, such as Thiruparappu, Mathur Aqueduct, Pechiparai dam, perunchani reservoir, and Kothaiyar dam. The Thripparappu waterfalls and Pechippara Dam are the main tourist attractions in the state.
Apart from being a cultural and tourism center, Kulasekaram also earns a prominent place in the educational map of Tamil Nadu, especially in medical education. This relatively small town is the home of three medical colleges, four nursing colleges, and other smaller colleges and schools.
- SRKBV|Sree Ramakrishna Bala Vidya Matriculation and higher Secondary school
- Sri Ramakrishna International School
- St Ursulas Primary School & St. Ursulas Girls High School (convent)
- Islamic Model Matriculation School (Kavalsthalam) Arshad PET
- John paul II Matriculation School
- Government H.S.S
- C.S.I Matriculation School
- St. John's Nursery & Primary School, C.S.I Thottam
- St. Thomas Marthoma Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- S.M.R.National school.
- Sree RamaKrishna Medical College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences
- Sree Mookaambika Institute of Medical Sciences
- Sarada Krishna Homeopathic Medical College
- Sree Mookaambika Institute of Dental Sciences
Arts & science
- Sri Ramakrishna College of Education
There are also more than 20 private education institutions in Kulasekaram, which offer education in various fields.
Location and significance
Kulasekharam is located 50 km south of the Trivandrum Metropolitan Region and 30 km from Nagercoil the nearest city. Kulasekaram is only 12 km away from the commercial towns of Marthandam, 18 km from Thuckalay, Kaliyikkavilai and 22 km from Monday Market. The younger generations of Kulasekharam either migrated or commute to Trivandrum as commercial/business activities are relatively low in the town. Most of these migrations happen either through marriages or for work.
Kulasekharam has one government hospital, 3 medical college hospitals and more than 15 hospitals, which serve people in almost all kind of treatments. There is also a government veterinary hospital located within Kulasekharam.
Kulasekharam Market is one of the important shopping centres for the people in Kulasekharam and the nearby towns. Some 8000-10000 people gather there daily to buy their basic needs. Several colleges, schools, hospitals, and shops are also located nearby, adding to its busy traffic. From 4-6pm it reaches maximum traffic. Several supermarkets have also opened in recent years.
Kulasekharam has a pleasant, though humid, climate for a majority of the year. The maximum temperature during the summer hovers around 86 °F (30 °C) or 30 °C, with extremely high humidity at times. Kulasekharam receives both the north-east monsoon and the south-west monsoon. It rains more often in Kanyakumari district than in any other part of Tamil Nadu, with the exception of the Nilgiris.
Culture and religion
Tamil and Malayalam are spoken by the people. Tamil language along with English is used as a medium of teaching in all major schools. The Tamil spoken here is a mix of Malayalam and Tamil, sometimes unintelligible to the people of North Tamil Nadu.
The culture is a mixture of Tamil and Malayalam culture and traditions. Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the major religions in the Kulasekaram. Food prepared here is also a mix of Kerala/Tamil Nadu traditions. Puttu, Appam, and Idiappam are popular food items, and so are rice murukku and achu-murukku. Curries here are made with coconut and coconut oil which is now considered Kerala style cooking.
The only mode of transport in Kulasekharam is by road. SH90 & SH45 pass through Kulasekaram from major spots like Aralvaimozhi and Marthnadam. SETC is operating a bus to Chennai daily at 3:00pm in the afternoon. It is also connected with Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, Nedumangadu, and Thiruchendoor. In Thumpacode there is a bus stand that serves the public.
Auto rickshaws, private cars, vans, and mini buses are the other modes of transport.
The nearest railway station from Kulasekharam is KUZHITHUTAI(KZT) which is just 10 km away. Several trains to Thiruvandrum, Nagercoil, Chennai, Madurai, and Mumbai are operated. One must reach Nagercoil(NCJ) or Trivandrum(TVC)for getting long distance train and the trains which don't have halt in Kuzhithurai.
The nearest airport from Kulasekharam is at Thiruvananthapuram, 50 km away. Both international and domestic flights are available. The next closest airports are in Tutucorin and Madurai which are almost 150 and 300 km away.
State owned BSNL is offering land line, mobile, wireless and wired internet facility. Private companies include Airtel, Aircel, Docomo, Idea, Vodafone, and Reliance. Airtel is offering their 3G services in Kulasekharam from September 2011 & BSNL 3G from November 2013.
Kulasekaram post office is in Arasumoodu Jn. Various services like postal, speed post, parcel service, and banking service are also offered here. The Postal code/Pin number/Zip code for Kulasekharam post office is 629161.
- Canara Bank
- Indian Overseas bank
- City Union Bank
- Tamilnad Mercantile Bank
- Federal bank
- Canara Bank
- Indian overseas bank
- city union bank
- Federal Bank
- HDFC(off Site)
- TamilNad Mercantile Bank
Standard of Living
Like Trivandum/Kerala, Kulasekharam has high standards of living, top quality medical/educational facilities, low corruption rates and a very stable economy without industrialisation activities. Remittances from the Middle East / North Africa / Europe / Singapore and Malaysia add to the steady economy of the region. Rubber plantations and trade constitute the majority of the business in Kulasekharam. Almost everyone deals with rubber in their day-to-day life, as either planters or workers.