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Kudassanad float at Padanilam festival
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Kudassanad is a rural community in the State of Kerala in India. Geographically it is situated in the eastern ending of Alappuzha District and western part of Pathanamthitta District. The southern end of Kudassanad is on the verge of Kollam District (in fact Kudassanad formed a part of Quilon, which was the former name of Kollam, before it was transferred to the jurisdiction of Alappuzha District). Part of Palamel Panchayat and Mavelikara Taluk, Kudassanad comes under the Mavelikara Parliamentary and Mavelikara Assembly Constituencies.
Kudassanad is encompassed by hills and valleys, paddy fields, rivulets and streams, as well as country roads that pass through rubber plantations and dales.
How to reach Kudassanad Village
Kudassanad borders two districts – Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta - thus spanning on both districts. If you are coming via Alappuzha, the ideal place to start the travel is Kayamkulam. NH 66 is passing through Kayamkulam Town and connecting Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. From Kayamkulm one should travel to Nooranad on the Kayamkulam-Punaloor Road (KP Road): From Nooranad it just 5 km to Kudassanad.
But if you are travelling through the Main Central Road (MC Road), connecting Cochin and Trivandrum, then the ideal place to step down is Pandalam. From Pandalam, it is just only 4 km to Kudassanad.
From NH-47 If you are coming through NH 47 Road (National Highway 47- which connecting Cochin & Trivandrum), first you have to reach Kayamkulam town. Then get a bus from there to Kudassanad (many private buses doing transport service in the route of Kayamkulam-Charumoodu–Noornad (or Nooranadu) –Kudassanad–Pandalam).
Another option is get a bus (both Private & Public buses) from Kayamkulam – Adoor, or any bus starting from kayamkulam, which going along KP Road (Kayamkulam - Punaloor Road) and step down in Nooranad town. From Noornadu, it will take just 5 minutes drive to Kudassanad.
From MC Road If you are traveling through MC Road, you have to step down in Pandalam town. From there, you can easily get private buses and cabs to Kudassanad.
To have an idea about the location of Pandalam, please see the following route guide:
Cochin – Kottayam – Changanachery- Tiruvalla- Chengannur –20minutes- Pandalam – 15 minutes–Adoor – Kottarakkara – ….- Trivandrum
Kudassanad is a beautiful village that lies in the southern part (old travancore region) of Kerala, India. It is situated in the eastern end of Alappuzha District and western part of Pathanamthitta District. Southern side of this village is very near to the Kollam District.
Kudassanad village is part of Palamel Panchayat which is under the Alappuzha District. Kudassanad forms part of the Mavelikara Parliamentary and Pandalam Assembly Constituencies. The legendary M.N. Govindan Nair, Thoppil Bhasi and K.C. George - all veterans of the Communist movement - who stood in the forefront of the Vayalar-Punnapra struggle - have represented the constituencies in the 1950s and 1960s.
There are some good schools in Kudassanad, such as N.S.S. Higher Secondary School (run by Nair Service Society), Government Lower Primary (LP) School and St stephens Public School (CBSE) run by St Stephens orthodox cathedral
People are well-educated and live in good inter-religious harmony. Many people from the township have migrated to Gulf countries, the United States and Europe for well paid jobs, which bring good fortunes to the village. Till the mid-1980s there was good farming, which slowly reduced as most of the new generation were focused on academic and technical skills for their living.
Kudassanad is situated on the threshold of Pandalam, where Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala grew up in the Palace of the King of Pandalam. Pilgrims to Sabarimala come to Pandalam for worship at the Valiya Koickal Temple before proceeding to Sabarimala. The annual ceremony of carrying the "Sacred Ornament" (Thiruvabharanam) to adore the deity in Sabarimala is a great religious event, in which hundreds of thousands of believers participate.
Padanilam Parabrahma Temple is another famous temple near Kudassanad, which is just 5 km away towards the west side. Kudassanad is one of the 18 karas(Territory) of Padanilam Temple. Annually, people from Kudassanad bring Nandikeshan to Padanilam Temple on MahaSivarathri day.
Though a small village, Kudassanad is self-reliant in almost all fields. It has modern infrastructure and state-of-the-art services: Anganvadi, Government LP School, one English medium School run by the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, one LP School run by the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and one Higher Secondary School belonging to the Nair Service Society (NSS). The Panchayat Samskarika Nilayam (Cultural Centre) takes care of the intellectual needs of the people. The general health of the population is taken care of by Mar Baselios Mission Hospital and other private and homeopathy clinics as well as by other highly qualified medical practitioners. In addition to the Post Office, the locality has several STD/ISD Booths.
There are a number of regular government and private buses plying at an interval of 10–15 minutes to different directions. Also numerous taxis, jeeps and three-wheelers facilitate the travel needs of the general public. Daily evening markets, in addition to the two weekly markets on Tuesdays and Fridays, attract people even from distant villages. Long before globalisation came to big towns, Kudassanad had the Cable TV facilities, which can receive hundreds of national and international TV Programmes!
The natives, irrespective of caste and creed, are proud of their famous centuries old (Thirumani Mangalam Mahadevan) temple. Major Thirumani Mangalam Sree Mahadevar Temple is famous for the worship of Vishnu and Siva in same temple. The surroundings are very serene and the temple itself maintains the age old structure without much changes. Kudassanad is also sanctified by the presence of the ancient centuries old St. Stephen's Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, fondly called the Valia Palli. St. Stephen's Orthodox Cathedral is the patrimonial heritage of Kudassanad, which is one of the most famous churches in the Malankara Orthodox community in Kerala. St. Thomas Catholic Church, consecrated in 1944, is another church of worship, besides one Guru Mandiram which is dedicated for the great Sree Narayana Guru, who taught 'One Caste, One Religion, One God for man'.
The literacy rate of Kudassanad, having a population of over 5,000 is admirable. The population density is 1144 per km2. 70 per cent of the population owns land.
Kudassanad also jealously guards the distinction of being the granary of Palamel Panchayat. Under the Kallada Irrigation Project (KIP), tributaries were constructed to release water to the Karingaly Paddy Fields spreading over 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) in the upper Kuttanad region in times of drought; but as in every case, this noble attempt is scuttled by the lethargic, negligent and arrogant bureaucracy. Thus costly lives saving crops are damaged every year resulting in avoidable hardships to the farmers. Even on occasion the water is released, the heavy silting of the KIP canals due to lack of maintenance and clogging at different points have been affecting the free flow of water along various stretches of the canal leading to the Karingaly paddy fields extending to the geographical jurisdiction of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta revenue divisions, comprising Kudassanad, Karimuckam Cherickal, Poozhickad, and Ulavuckad. It may be mentioned here that Basmati cultivation had successfully been initiated at the Karingaly paddy fields at the turn of the century.
In addition to rice, vegetables, tapioca, black pepper, cashew nuts, mangoes, ginger, pine apple, coconut trees, etc. are also cultivated. Milk collection and distribution centres are a great boon to the villagers. A few families practice ducks and poultry farming. Brick manufacture is done on a small scale. Rice and flourmills take care of the work formerly carried out by housewives. There is also a daily market; bars, toddy, teashops, bakeries, grocery shops, and the like help the village to be self-sufficient.
The mostly educated people, working abroad (Gulf Region, European Union, the U.S.A. and Canada) have brought fame and prosperity to the village, which has completely changed its facet, thus fondly earning the nickname "mini-Gulf".
Kudassanad has a fairly good system of commercial and cooperative banking network. One nationalized bank (State Bank of India) and some other private banks, including The Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB), Kosamattam Financiers etc. have branch offices in Kudassanad.
Demand for Mavelikkara district.
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Mar 25, 2008 The demand for a new Central Travancore district with Mavelikkara as its headquarters is being raised once again. The demand, which was not heard for the last seven years or so, was raised by the Thiruvananthapuram-based Janakeeya Samithi led by freedom-fighter K.E. Mammen and Mavelikara MLA during a public function attended by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan at Mavelikara on Monday. Pointing out that the demand for a separate Central Travancore district centered on Mavelikara or Onattukara was a long-standing one. The region also required more attention from Railways, he said, requesting Mr. Achuthanandan to pressurise Railways to establish a Mavelikara-Punalur railway line. The Janakeeya Samithi, on the other hand, submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister citing the demand for the new district. Signed by Samithi director and general secretary, the memorandum recalled that Mavelikkara was the central hub pivotal to administrative affairs during the days of the Travancore monarchy. The place is now in Alappuzha district, but it has no connection with a coastal district like Alappuzha. So a new Mavelikkara district including Mavelikkara, Chengannur, Tiruvalla taluks and proposed Pandalam and Kayamkulam taluks will be a great boon to the people of Central Travancore
Political parties have a strong grip in the place, yet people are enough intelligent to choose representatives on their ability to satisfy the local needs than the emotional attachments to political parties. We can’t say that Kudassanad is biased to a specific political party.
In films and our talents
The fascination about Kudassanad is its richness in natural beauty, which invites Cinema production units time and again to film shooting here. Some of the movies filmed here are Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal, Lal Salam (1990 film), Anadaram, aranaazhika neram and one famous old black-and-white movie named "Pani Teeraatha Veedu", which starred Balan K. Nair).
At present, Kudassanad is the home of a notable young film director named Dr. Biju Kumar, who directed "Saira". Dr. Bijukumars film – "വീട്ടിലേക്കുള്ള വഴി" (the way home)  is awarded as the Best Malayalam Film in International Film Festival of Kerala 2010 as well as in National film Awards in 2010 .
- വീട്ടിലേക്കുള്ള വഴി (The way home)
IFFK 2010, Wikipedia page,