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Parassala is a southern suburb of Trivandrum city Kerala, India, at the southern end of Kerala, bordering Tamil Nadu. The residents of this town speak Malayalam. This is southern most town of Kerala. It is famous for its Mahadeva Temple. The Place has a pond called the "Thavala Illa Kolam" which means "A pond with no frog".
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Thiruvananthapuram|
|Climate||moderate climate (Köppen)|
A part of the population are involved in the collecting of palmyra nectar and fermenting to produce alcoholic drinks. The typical nectar collected on pots from atop palmyra trees are also used for making 'karupatti' which is known for its medicinal properties and is what the town is mostly known for.
The major hospitals in the town are Govt Taluk Hospital, Saraswathy Multispeciality Hospital and SP Multispeciality Hospital. Then a government Sidha hospital,a government Ayurvedha hospital,a government Veterinary hospital, a government homoeo dispensary and Telhara Homoeo care have given drastic change to the rustic image of this old town. The panchayat also holds a Medical College at Karakonam.
Prominent educational institutions in Parassala are Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Evans Higher Secondary School, Teachers Training Institute, Government Women ITI, Saraswathy College of Nursing, CSI Institute of Legal Studies and Sree Krishna Pharmacy College. It also have 'Dakshna Bharat Hindi Prachara Sabha' Hindi Class.
State Government OfficesEdit
- Parassala, Sub Registrar's Office
- Sub regional transport officer's office
- Mini civil station with all important state government offices
- Police Station and Circle Office located at the centre of Parassala
- RTO Check post
- Forest Check post
- Parassala village office
- Parassala panchayath office
- Parassala block office
- Sub Treasury Office
Theatres and auditoriumsEdit
Mahadeva, Swathy, Santhosh, Jayamahesh, and Sheela are the major auditoriums in Parassala. Sree Kaleeswary, Sree Saraswathy, Thameens Maxx, IMP are the movie theatres comes under Parassala Grama Panchayat. Sree Kaleeswary and Sree Saraswathy are one of the 3D platinum movie theatres in kerala.
People are extremely industrious and innovative. Due to the confluence of two cultures Tamil and Malayalam, people have a broad sense of appreciation for arts and culture. Most of the people are bilingual - Tamil and Malayalam. Prof. Parassala B. Ponnammal,recipient of Padma shri , an elderly woman who was the first female singer in the famous Navarathri Mandapam of Thiruvananthapuram during 2006 comes from this town .
Parassala assembly constituency is part of Thiruvanathapuram (Lok Sabha constituency). The former late deputy speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Sundaran Nadar, is from Parassalai. The current MLA is C.K.Harindren. Now, from November 2015, local self election conducted by state election commission and won Left Democratic front and Com. S .Suresh elected as panchayat president. Parassala comes under Thiruvanathapuram Constituent Assembly and Mr.Shashi Tharoor is the current MP. 
Parassala Sree Mahadeva Temple  is one of the foremost centres of worship in south Kerala and the temple is situated at the tiny village of Parassala adjoining the Kerala Tamil Nadu boundary. Here the deity, Lord Siva is facing the west, which is considered as a rare phenomenon, and devotees even from far off places attend the worship. It was built by Mallen Chembakaraman Delava of Venad royal family.
The temple is centuries old and the structure is rare stone architecture and Parvathy devi and Vighneswara are the upadevathas. The temple is famous for its rare rites and ceremonies and from time immemorial entry was allowed to all sects in the community irrespective of caste or creed and significantly arayas - a backward community have the privilege of participation for the commencement of important rituals in the temple from ancient times onwards and the Lord render blessings to all irrespective of caste, colour or creed. Parassala, the holy place is well known for communal harmony. Elankam Bhuvaneswary temple is another religious attraction in Parassala.
Many Christian worship places are there in Parassala. That includes a good number of RC (Roman Catholic), ECI, CSI, Lutheran and Assemblies of God churches. Church of El-Shaddai at Anchali Jn. is a Pentecostal worship centre.
There are also a good number of Muslim brothers in this constituency, which depicts the communal harmony of the place.
One of the most famous Christian Church in Parassala is St. Peter's Church located in Hospital Junction built in 1604 by the Portuguese, very recently renovated and the Abbs Memorial Church, built in the 1850s by the English missionary Rev. John Abbs. The church choir is called "Abbs Echoes" with their main vision stated as "To produce the echoes of The Great Missionary Abbs." Jehovah's Witnesses is also active in this area since 1975. Southern Kurisumala is the location of a famous Christian pilgrim location, which is not only visited by Christians, but by other religious people also.
Parassala is famous for the HARE KRISHNA temple located in Neduvanvila, which is part of International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Local women from all walks of life and religion gather here as part of women empowerment. This centre houses a go-shala(shelter for cows) and anganvadi ( school for toddlers).
Parassala has heavy rains during June–August due to the southwest monsoon. Winter starts from December and continues till February. In summer, the temperature rises to a maximum of 32 °C (90 °F) and 31 °C (88 °F) in the winters. Record high temperature in neighbouring Thiruvananthapuram is 39 °C (102 °F). Annual average rainfall is 3,100 mm (120 in).
|Climate data for Neyyattinkara|
|Average high °C (°F)||29.9
|Daily mean °C (°F)||26.1
|Average low °C (°F)||22.4
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||19
|Average rainy days||1||2||3||8||10||19||17||14||11||12||8||3||108|
|Mean daily sunshine hours||9||9||8||8||7||5||5||6||6||6||6||7||7|
|Source #1: Climate-Data.org|
|Source #2: Weatherbase Trivandrum, India for sunshine and rainy days|
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