Kumbanad

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Kumbanad
Region
Kumbanad Junction
Kumbanad Junction
Kumbanad is located in Kerala
Kumbanad
Kumbanad
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°21′07″N 76°39′40″E / 9.352°N 76.661°E / 9.352; 76.661Coordinates: 9°21′07″N 76°39′40″E / 9.352°N 76.661°E / 9.352; 76.661
Country  India
State Kerala
District Pathanamthitta
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 689547
Telephone code 469
Vehicle registration KL-27
Nearest city Kochi
Lok Sabha constituency Pathanamthitta
Climate Tropical (Köppen)

Kumbanad is a place in koipuram panchayath Pathanamthitta district of Central Travancore area in Kerala state, in India. It is a part of Thiruvalla Taluk.[1] It is situated on the (Thiruvalla-Pathanamthitta-Kumbazha Road — SH07). Kumbanad is one of the wealthiest settlement in India.[2] It has also the highest number of Christian houses of worship in India, estimated to be over fifty, for an area of its size.[3][4]

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport and Trivandrum airport. The proposed rural Aranmula International Airport would be the closest airport upon completion, at 5 km away. An airport in central Travancore is an aspiration of millions of central Travancorians working all over the world who support the Government exchequer with much needed foreign currency. In central Travancore most of household depending on remittance of their sons and daughters from foreign destinations. Today they had to depend distant Nedumbassery or Triavandrum airports. Vested interested urban lobbies are delaying the airport with help of environmentalist and religious fundamentalists.

Pullad is 3 km from Kumbanad; now it’s almost to compile a twin town

Etymology[edit]

Kumbanad is derived from two words in malayalam, Kumbhi and Nadu, which together mean "the land of elephants". It is believed that many wild animals and elephants roamed about this place a hundred years ago.[5][6]

History[edit]

It is believed that several centuries before, Kumbanad was a prosperous village occupied by upper caste Hindus. The many fresh water tanks found in and around Kumbanad are attributed to that period. The community perished possibly by invading tribesmen and the land turned into a forest inhabited by wild animals and elephants.

Economy[edit]

Remittance from NRIs is the primary source of income. The large number of ATMs and high bank density are also attributed to large bank deposits. As of 2009, the bank deposits for the Kumbanad-Pullad-Thiruvalla belt are estimated to be Indian Rupee symbol.svg 5,400 Crore.[2]

There are other small business and services that depend on the foreign remittance. Since most of the emigrants are young and middle aged, most of the settled population is old-aged. There are services and health care units that cater to their needs.[3][4] 90% of the emigrants are from America,& Middle East.

Politics[edit]

Kumbanad is part of Aranmula assembly segment and Adv. K. Sivadasan Nair -UDF/INC is the current MLA. In Lok sabha, Kumbanad is represented by the sitting MP from Pathanamthitta, Mr. Anto Antony (Indian National Congress). Mr. Subin Neerumplackal is one of the Youth Leader and A Social Reformer from Kumbanad. Ajitha Kumari (United Democratic Front) is the current Koipuram panchayat president.

Govt Departments[edit]

  • Sub Treasury
  • Kumbanad 33 KV Substation
  • Telecom Center and Telephone Exchange
  • Kumbanad Head Post Office
  • Electricity Section Office

Climate[edit]

Kumbanad has a tropical climate. The region receives most of the rain from the South-West monsoon from June to August and the North-East monsoon during October and November. Although the summer is from March to May, it receives locally developed thundershowers in April and May.

Demographics[edit]

Kumbanad is a Christian centre in Central Travancore Kerala. The famous Pentecostal Hebronpuram convention and Brethren Convention held here in the month January of every year.

Pentecost's includes Indian Pentecostal Church of God, Assemblies of God, Church of God, The Pentecostal Mission, Born again (Christianity), Presbyterianism, Nondenominational Christianity, Baptists, Pentecostal Maranatha Gospel Church, various Independent Pentecostal's and Apostolic.

There are also Catholic and Syrian Orthodox communities in Kumbanad.

  • The other denominations in Kumbanad are Hindus.

The population breakup for Koipuram panchayat, as per 'Census India'

1. Males: 12,823
2. Females: 14,266
3. Households: 6,615

Places to see[edit]

Transport[edit]

Kumbanad is connected to Pathanamthitta, Kozhencherry, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Sabarimala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Guruvayoor, Tuticorin, Coimbatore, Salem, Velankanni, Hosur and Bangalore by private and government operated KSRTC buses. Kumbanad has been included in one of the new stations in the draft plan for the Tiruvalla - Sabarimala railway line.

T. K. Road ( Tiruvalla-Pathanamthitta-Kumbazha Road / SH - 07 ) connects Kumbanad to Thiruvalla, Manjadi, Kattode, Thottabhagom, Vallamkulam, Nellad, Eraviperoor, Pullad, Chettimukku, Maramon, Kozhencherry, Thekkemala, Nelikala, Elanthoor and Pathanamthitta. The Main Central Road from Thiruvalla connects to major towns/cities in Kerala. Muttumon connects Kumbanad to Kurianur, Mallapally, Vennikulam and towns in Kottayam district. The road from Kumbanad main kavala connects to Arrattupuzha via Kareelamukku, Othera, etc. and further on to Chengannur. Valathukara Canal can be seen on this route

Train Stations:

Airports:

Nearest Bus Stations :

Nearest Towns[edit]

Educational institutions[edit]

  • Noel Memorial Higher Secondary School
  • Brethren English Medium High School
  • Grace Mount Public School
  • Nellimala EALP School
  • Govt. UP School Boys
  • Govt. Girls LP School
  • Govt UP School, Vattakotta
  • Indian Bible College
  • Indian Theological Bible College Nellimala-Kumbanad

Hospitals[edit]

  • Fellowship Mission Hospital

Churches[edit]

  • River of life ministries nellimala
  • Marthoma Valiapally
  • St Pauls C S I Church, Kumbanad,
  • St.Thomas Marthoma Church
  • Salem Marthoma Church
  • Paingalody Bethel Marthoma Church
  • Vattakottal Christ
  • Bethel Marthoma Church Nellimala Kumbanad
  • Indian Pentecostal Church ( ELIM )
  • Indian Pentecostal Church ( IPC, HebronPuram)
  • Church of God(Full Gospel) in India,Bethel Kumbanad
  • IPC Ebenezer Church Thattackad
  • Koorthamala Church
  • Evangelical Church
  • Exodus Revival Church
  • Brethren church
  • Catholic (LC)
  • Orthodox Church
  • Celone Pentecostal church
  • St Paul's Malankara Catholic Church
  • Bethel Marthoma Church
  • St.Thomas CSI Church Kumbanad
  • The Pentecostal Mission (TPM)
  • Assemblies of God
  • Born again (Christianity) Church
  • Presbyterianism Church
  • Nondenominational Christianity Church
  • Baptists Church
  • Pentecostal Maranatha Gospel Church
  • Anglican Church of India
  • Various Independent Pentecostal churches.
  • Many Born Again Baptized / Nondenominational Christian Bible teacher's Worship Houses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pincode Search". Department of Posts, Government of India. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Tapash Talukdar; Anirvan Ghosh (15 December 2009). "Recession a rude wake-up call for NRI-rich villages". The Economic Times. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b T V R, Shenoy (13 Feb 2004). "Without regard for caste, creed or politics". Rediff News. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Mary, John. "All Morbid Mansions". Outlook India. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Family history". Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kumbanad". Independent Media Center. Retrieved 18 October 2010.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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