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|• Total||30 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Aymanam is a village in the Kottayam District of Kerala, India It is about 4 km from the railway station in Kottayam along the road to Parippu, and 85 km from the Cochin International Airport. Aymanam is the setting for Arundhati Roy's 1997 novel The God of Small Things.
Ay means "five" in Tamil and Vanam means "forest" in Malayalam and Tamil. Hence, Aymanam means "five forests", which, according to tradition, were Vattakkadu, Thuruthikkadu, Vallyakadu, Moolakkadu and Mekkadu. They survive today only as "snake groves", where fertility idols, in the form of snakes, were worshiped under the trees. Families depute Brahmin once a year for ritualistic offering.
Lake Vembanad lies to the west of the village, near Kumarakom, with the River Meenachil providing its water supply, which often floods from June to August due to regular monsoons. Consequently, two-thirds of the village are paddy fields.
The borders of the village are mostly delineated by rivers or canals, and include the villages of Arpookara, Kumara Nallooru, Thiruvarpu and Kumarakom, and the municipality of Kottayam.
- Aymanam John - writer
- Chirattamon Moose - Ayurvedic medical practitioner.
- John Kollenkeril - Identified the site for the Idukki Dam and potential for power generation.
- John Joseph Pannackal - National body builder.
- K. Krishna Kaimal - Actor noted for role in Pattiyude Divasam.
- Ajay Kumar (aka Guinness Pakru) - Malayalam comedy actor.
- N.N. Pillai - Drama and cinema artist.
- Vijayaraghavan (actor) - Malayalam movie actor.
- Mary Poonen Lukose - Surgeon General of India and state legislator of Travancore.
- Eira Margaret Dalton - Medical missionary and writer.
- Sri Keshavan Paravar Aimanam ( Udukku / Sasthapattu Master)
- "Census of India : Villages with population 5000 & above". Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-10.