Amaravila is a village in Neyyattinkara town in Trivandrum district, Kerala State, India. The word "Amaravila" means "land of immortals". Kerala's second largest checkpost after Walayar is situated in Amaravila. This village is situated in NH 47 on the way to Kanyakumari, on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. It is around 3 km from Neyyattinkara town. This town is noted for its religious integration, where a Ganapathy temple in Narayanapuram street, a mosque (Amaravila Juma Masjid), and a church (CSI Church) stand near to one another. This village has a post office, village office, sub-registrar office, Akshaya e-center, and an excise office. Situated on the banks of the Neyyar River, this village has a large area of cultivated land including paddy and plantains. The river Neyyar makes this land more fertile. A government tile factory is also located in this village.
|• Body||Neyyattinkara Municipality|
|• Chairman||S. S. Jayakumar (Indian National Congress party)|
|• Vice Chairperson||Adv. L. S. Sheela (Indian National Congress party)|
|• Member of the Legislative Assembly (India)||Ansalin (CPI(M) party)|
|• Member of Parliament||Shashi Tharoor (Indian National Congress party, re-elected in 2014)|
|Elevation||26 m (85 ft)|
|• Total||70,850 (municipality)
|• Official||Malayalam · English|
|• Spoken languages||Malayalam, English, Tamil|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||91 (0)471 XXX XXXX|
|Coastline||78 kilometres (48 mi)|
|Planning agency||P W D Neyyattinkara|
|Civic agency||Neyyattinkara Municipality|
|Precipitation||1,700 millimetres (67 in)|
|Avg. annual temperature||27.2 °C (81.0 °F)|
|Avg. summer temperature||35 °C (95 °F)|
|Avg. winter temperature||24.4 °C (75.9 °F)|
|Amaravila is part of Neyyattinkara Town.|
Closest cities, towns and villagesEdit
Poovar beach is 6 km from this village. Kovalam beach is 11 km from here. The distance between Amaravila and Vizhinjam International Seaport is 10 km. Ponmudi is 42 km from Amaravila. Neyyar Dam (38 km from Amaravila) is another popular picnic spot. Kanyakumari is 64 km from this village.
Maha Ganapathy (Ganesh) Temple in Narayanapuram street is a famous worship place where people from the different parts of Kerala come for worship. Ganapathy shrine with the left sided (curled) trunk is the uniqueness of this temple which cannot be found in any other Ganesh temple in Kerala. There is a belief among the people that the Ganesh shrine having its trunk curled towards left side has a tremendous power to remove obstacles.
Deveswaram Mahadewar Temple is one of the major worship places in Amaravila. The temple is about 1000 years old and is now under Travancore Devaswom board. People from different places worship the deity Lord Shiva here. The upadevas are Vigneshvara and Nagaraja. The temple is situated near the sub-registrar office in Amaravila.
Amaravila Muslim Jama-ath includes two mosques, the town mosque and a Juma masjid. A madrassa is also with these mosques.
Amaravila CSI church is one of the major attractions of this place. It started as a small congregation in 1810, and currently it is the largest CSI church in Kerala, with three services (two in Malayalam and one in English). It was modified in 1895. The new bell-tower of the church has been inaugurated on March 7, 2010. The church has a shopping complex, a community hall and a school from Kindergarten to Plus Two. The church conducts a yearly convention which attracts a huge mass of people from south of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
The following are the educational institutions in the area:
- Bharathiya vidyamandiram, Amaravila
- LMS HSS Amaravila
- LMS LPS Amaravila
- CSI EMS Amaravila
- JBS Amaravila
- CSI TTI Amaravila
- PGMVHSS Pullamala, Amaravilla
- NI ITC Amaravila
- Vimalahridaya English Medium School, Amaravila
- The NIIT (Noorul Islam Institute of Industrial Training)
V. S. Sivakumar started his political career as an activist of the Kerala Students' Union from this area, as he was born and brought up in Amaravila. He was a member of Parliament in the 13th Lok Sabha representing Thiruvananthapuram Parliamentary Constituency. He became the Minister for Transport and Devaswom of the Government of Kerala by defeating V. Surendran Pillai of the KC(T) party in the 2011 state election.
The late Rt. Rev. Dr. I. Yesudasan, former bishop and moderator of CSI South Kerala Diocese, was born and brought up in Amaravila.
Banks and NBFCsEdit
- Syndicate Bank, Amaravila
- Muthoot Finance Ltd, Amaravila
There are two auditoriums in this locality which are used by the general public for services like marriage, get-togethers, and other similar functions. They are:
- Sumangali Auditorium, Thannimoodu Junction
- Devika Auditorium, near check post
The major hotels in the locality are:
- Hotel Hayar, Near Amaravila Check Post
- Hotel Rarikrishna, Thannimoodu Junction
- Hotel Green Land, Opposite JBS School
- Shri Ganesh Lunch Home, Bank Junction, Amaravila
There is a public library in Amaravila, on Amaravila - Karakkonam road.