is a beautiful village with an illustrious past and a rich heritage. It is a
special grade Panchayat located at the North East side of Kottayam District,
bordering Ernakulam and Idukki Districts. It spreads over an area of 54.54
sq.km. sheltering 33000 people which amounts to 0.14 percent of the total area
and 0.11 percent of the population of the state of Kerala. Ramapuram is under
Pala Assembly Constituency and Kottayam Parliament Division. The area comes
under Uzhavoor Development Block and consists of all the areas of Ramapuram and
Vellilappilly Villages in Meenachil Taluk. The Block Panchayat includes whole of
Ramapuram, Pazhamala and certain parts of Uzhavoor Division. The District
Panchayat Division is Ramapuram. It has an area of 12 Sq.km. each from
Nellappara, the boundary of Idukki District in the North to Chakkampuzha in the
South and from Anthyalam in the East to Parathod in the West. There are 18
Panchayat wards and 36 election booths.
Ramapuram Town, the centre of the Panchayat has an area of 1½ k.m. between St.
Augustine’s Church facing the West and Ramapuram Sree Ramaswamy Temple facing
the East. The Koothattukulam - Pala Road to the South and Thodupuzha road to the
North- one km each from the church junction constitute the Town. Important
Educational Institutions and Government offices are situated near the church
junction. The St. Augustine’s Higher Secondary School is at the Southern side
and the Sacred Heart Girls High School is towards the North of the church. Mar
Augusthinose College, the prestigious institution established in 1995, is
situates beside the Marangad road to the South of the church and to the Pala
road. The Government Hospital and Veterinary Hospital are 200 meters North of
the church junction. The 33 KV Electricity Sub Station is at Varakukala, between
the church and temple junctions.
The Panchayat Office is at the opposite side of the Government Hospital. The
Office of the Circle Inspector of Police, Sub Inspector of Police, Assistant
Educational Office, Sub Registrar Office, KSEB Section Office, Ramapuram Bazar
Post Office, and the Agriculture Office are the important Government Offices.
The Ramapuram Village Office is near the Temple and Vellilappilly Village Office
is at Vellilappilly, 1½ km. South to the Church junction. The old market is at
the Centre of Ramapuram. The branches of State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of
India, Kottayam District Co-operative Bank, Meenachil Taluk Urban Bank, North
Malabar Brahmin Bank and the Kerala State Financial Enterprises are situated at
the centre of the town. There are other financial institutions like Muthoot
Bank, Kosamattam Finance, and Teachers Co-operative Society. Besides these the
old Sreelakshmi Theatre, Panchayat Community Hall, Private Bus Stand and two
petrol pumps highlight the status of Ramapuram Town.
Ramapuram is a name that evolved out of the Sanskrit influence. In Kerala most
of the names of places and families follow the Dravidian style. The Sanskrit
name ‘Ramapuram’ is related to Sree Rama Temple. It is believed that the temple
of Sree Rama was built only after 12th Century A D. But there is no
doubt regarding human habitation in this area before that. The presence of
various Devi Temples, equally ancient as Sree Rama temple is clear evidence. So
it can be concluded that the place is named after Sree Ramaswamy Temple.
The advertisement of postal department shows that there are more than 100 post
offices in India with the name, ‘Ramapuram’. Almost all these places are related
to the name of Lord Rama. Many legends are there claiming the presence of Sree
Rama. But with a historical sense one can say that Ramapuram got its name from
Sree Ramaswamy temple.
There are many evidences for human habitation at Ramapuram from ancient Sangha
period onwards. In the 3rd century B.C. during the period of Ashoka,
Buddhism spread in Kerala. The inscriptions on the pillars of Ashoka show that
centres were built for the treatment of men and animals. Sangha was the golden
age of Buddhism in Kerala. After 6th century A.D. Brahmanism got
strengthened and as a result Buddhist centres declined in Kerala. In the 9th
century, till the period of Sankaracharya, Buddhism and Jainism declined in
Kerala. The people who lived in the tradition of Buddhism were considered as
backward by the Hindus. From the common historical background of Kerala, it can
be observed that a statue of Buddha belonging to Sangha period having five feet
height was escavated from Kondadu Pallikkandathil. This padmasana statue of Sree
Buddha was taken to the archaeological department. The word ‘Palli’ is related
to Buddhism, meaning the place of worship and ‘Pallian’ means Buddha. There are
places like Palliyampuram, Pallikandam, Pallipparambu, etc. in Ramapuram related
to Buddhism. For the existence of such a Buddhist centre at Ramapuram, it is
concluded that there was human habitation at Ramapuram even during the Sangha
After the Sangha period and from A.D. 800 to A.D. 1102 during the period of
second Chera rule, there was remarkable development in human life at Ramapuram.
As seen in the writings of Sankaracharya and Bharat dig Vijaya Charitha,
Saiva-Vaishnava religions got initiated in Kerala during this period. Caste
system and marumakkathayam lost its ground. Saiva-Vaishnava temples were
constituted, overpowering Buddhist establishment. The impact of these changes in
Ramapuram can be seen in a large number of temples and ‘Kavs’ in the area.
It was in the 10th century A.D. that Malayalam began to evolve into
as an independent language from the original Dravidian language. ‘Kodunthamizhu’
(‘Nadodithamizhu’) was the language of the Keralites during that period.
Parallel to the growth of ‘Chenthamizhu’ as a literary language in various parts
of Tamilnadu, a mixed language with Sanskrit influence originated in Kerala and
that became Malayalam. From 12th Century onwards Malayalam became an
independent language, entirely different from Tamil. The area East to Sahya
Mountain was included in the Chera Empire and after the decline of the empire ,
the area West to Sahya mountain was divided. This has been pointed out by A.R.
Raja RajaVarma in Kerala Panineeyam. After the 12th century Malayalam
literature bifurcated as Manipravalam and song. In the 16th century
during the time of Ezhuthachan, the integration of these two resulted in the
formation of modern Malayalam language. Though Manipravalam existed during the
period of Attakatha, it was only a verse branch of the rich Malayalam
“Kuchelavrutham Vanchippattu”, written by Ramapurath Varyar during the time of
Attakatha is an example for the influence on the developments in Malayalam
language at Ramapuram. A full-fledged Malayalam language can be seen in these
poems. The “Varthamana Pustakam” written and published in the 18th
century by Paremmakkal Thommakkathanar is the first travelogue in Indian
languages. These literary significant works reveal the cultural progress of
Ramapuram during the period.
A number of temples and ‘Kavs’ reflecting Hindu Worship is an important feature
of Ramapuram. Most of these temples and kavs are devi temples. Later on
Siva-Vishnu temples were built along with these temples, which have become more
prominent today. ‘Kavs’ reflecting nature worship also maintains their ancient
purity. The idol installations in the temples are the concrete forms of the
divine power which is the cause of the universe.
The construction of Sree Rama Temple is an important event in the medieval
history of Ramapuram. A number of Brahmin families from Outtathoor, near
Triprayar settled here. They constructed the temple at Ramapuram, in the model
of Triprayar Sree Rama Temple. The glory of these Namboothiri families reflect
on the location and construction of the temple. Koodappulam Lakshmana Swami
Temple, Amanakara Bharataswami Temple and Methiri Satrungna temple were built
after a short period. The ‘Kavs’ adjacent to these temples are very old. It is
only possible to arrive at certain historical conclusions regarding the period
of temples at Ramapuram.
It is believed that the temple at Kodungalloor is the oldest temple in Kerala.
The first phase of its construction may be in the first century A.D and the
present temple is the result of modification and construction activities at
various phases. Cave temples were built from the 8th century onwards.
Thiruvanchikulam temple was built in the 9th century. Edicts show
that it was donated in the 11th century, after 195 years of its
construction. From 11th to 14th centuries many Siva-Vishnu
temples were constructed in Kerala. During this period many Buddha Viharas were
converted into Hindu temples. Between 1300 and 1700 also many temples were built
in Kerala. Evidences show that Triprayar Sree Rama Temple was built in the 12th
century. Based on this assumption, it is concluded that Ramapuram Sree Rama
Temple was built at a later period.
The Koodappulam Lakshmana Swami Temple was built by Kanjirappally
Namboothiri families. At present with their permission the activities of the
temple are carried out by the N.S.S. Karayogam. Recently the temple and
surroundings were beautified and modified to meet the requirements. Amanakara
Bharathaswami Temple was built by the Punam, Puthiyidam and Thamaramangalam
Brahmin families and now it is administered by a committee of people. Methiri
Satrunghna Swami Temple belongs to Kondamaruk Brahmin family.
The Temples of the four Vaishnava devas - Sree Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and
Satrunghna are situated in Ramapuram Panchayat at a distance of 3 to 4 kms.
Visiting these four temples in the same day before Noon Pooja or in the evening
is the famous Nalambala Darshnam. There is no such a place in Kerala where a
temple dedicated to Sree Rama is situated in such prominence with temples of his
three brothers around him. The visit starts from Sree Rama Temple and followed
by Lakshmana Temple, Bharata Temple, Satrunghna Temple and the visit ends after
returning to Sree Rama Temple. All days in the month of Karkidaka and Sundays in
other months are considered as auspicious for the visit. This darsana has
brought in Ramapuram the status of a pilgrim centre.
There are about 40 centres of Hindu Worship in Ramapuram. They are the following
Ramapuram Sree Rama
Kondadu Sasta Temple
Kondadu Gurudeva Temple
Methiri Kondamaruk Sree
Koodappulam Devi Temple
Asram Sree Bhadrakali Temple
Kondadu Vadekke Kavu
Kondadu Kokkarathi Kavu
Amanakara Urumbi Kavu
Dandunthalakal Bhagavathi Temple
Kurinji Vanadurga kavu
Kondadu Pathee Temple
Besides there are many family worship centres in various parts of Ramapuram.
Palliyampuram Mahadeva and Vellilappilly Sakthee Swara temple are the two oldest
temples in Ramapuram. It is believed that the Palliyampuram Siva Temple was a
place of Buddha. In Kerala many examples are historically established for the
transition of Buddha worship centres into temples. If so Palliyampuram might be
perhaps the most ancient place of Worship in Ramapuram. Saktheeswaram, the faith
of arthanareeswara is also older than the Vaishnava temples in Ramapuram. Though
Ramapuram was a part of Vadakkumkoor, Edathil Thampuram of Vellilappilly was a
Samantha of Thekkumkoor (of Edathil Rajaswaroopam) whose headquarters was at
Nattassery, Kottyam. At the end of the glorious period of Edathil Thampuram,
Saktheeswara and Karthyyani Temples became weak. The decline of the Buddha vihar
in Kondadu Pallikkandam may be related to the construction of Sasta Temple at
Kondadu. Sasta Temple, built with the co-operation of local leaders was enrolled
under Vadakkanmana. Sree Porkali temple of Kondoor Illam is well known even in
far away places. The Devi Temple at Erattachira may be 1000 years old. Ayyappa
temple of Erattachira was only founded later, ‘chira’ means natural lake or pond
and there is a ‘great bath’ even today.
Edakkoli Poovapparampu temple was established by Pallott and Madavana families.
Kavukatt Vanadurga temple is of
Kozhanal family and Kurinji Sreekrishna temple belongs to Kuzhikandam family. In
Kurinji Vanadurga temple, the ‘thalappoli’ is taken by men. It is the only
temple where men take the ‘talam’. Vellilappilly Karthyayani temple, Sakthi
Swaram, Puthenkavu Devi temple are the three temples in Ramapuram which comes
under Travancore Devaswam Board.
Ramapuram, Amanakara, Koodappulam etc. are Oooranma Devaswam temples. There are
temples undertaken by temple protection samitis also. About one dozen temples
are administered by Karayogams. Ezhacherry Bhaktananda Asram is under the
central administration of NSS. Guru mandirams and Balasubramania Gurudeva
temple, Kondadu are administered by the branches of SNDP.
Temples and Kavs’ in Ramapuram were established in densely populated areas.
Koozhamala, Pazhamala, Kuruvankunnu were hilly areas where wild animals lived.
There are no temples in these areas. The geographical features of Ramapuram with
hills and valleys are suitable for human settlement and agriculture. The temples
and kavs in Ramapuram illustrate the life style and culture of people in
From 13th century onwards, the social life of people in Ramapuram was
enriched by the influence of Christianity. Before that, it is believed that
there existed certain Christian family groups called ‘Mappila Panikkar’. The
traditional belief is that St. Thomas came to Kerala in A.D. 52 and established
Christian community in Kerala . The first church built by St. Thomas was at
Kodungalloor. It is situated on the banks of river Periyar and was the major
port in Kerala at that time. In 1341, a flood changed the flow of Periyar which
resulted in the ruin of Kodungalloor and formation of Cochin port. People who
lived on the Northern part of the river who were converted by St. Thomas,
engaged in marriage with the natives. The Christians from Persia came under the
leadership of Knai Thomman and settled on the Southern part of the river in the
year 345 A.D. The Northern and Southern groups migrated to various parts of
Kottyam District. The Northern group who moved to Pakalomattam and Kuravilangadu
settled in the fertile areas of the district ie. Ramapuram, Pala, Bharananganam,
At that time Ramapuram was under Vadakkumkoor rule with its headquarters at
Kaduthuruthy and Vaikom. Ramapuram area was under a branch of Vadakkumkoor,
which ruled the area with its centre at Karikode – Thodupuzha. Gradually
Vadakkumkoor’s control over Ramapuram became weak and a branch of Thekkumkoor
(Edathil Swaroopam) with its centre at Vellilappilly took over Ramapuram. The
headquarters of Thekkumkoor kingdom
was at Nattassery, Kottayam. Edathil Thampuran and his ‘Janmies’ adopted a
liberal policy towards the Christians of Ramapuram. Thampuran appointed a
Christian from Cholappilly family as his minister and that was a great
recognition to the Christians. In 1450 a church was constituted at Ramapuram in
the name of Blessed Virgin Mary. The land required for the church was given by a
land lord, Karokkal Kaimal. In 1460 the church was modified with a newly built
altar. On 28th August 1599 Menesis Thirumeni who was the Arch Bishop
of Goa, laid foundation to the present church. The church was the renamed after
Saint Augustine under the influence of the Arch Bishop who was a member of The
Augustenian congregation. It is the first church in Kerala named after St.
Augustine. The influence of Portuguese style is reflected in the construction of
the church. In 1864 a new church was built in the name of Karmalamatha and in
1957 the ‘Kurisupalli’ was built. The old and new churches are considered as
historical monuments which are to be protected according to court judgments.
In 1950, by dividing Changanacherry diocese, Pala diocese was formed. There were
five forane churches in Pala diocese. They were Ramapuram, Pala, Muttuchira,
Kuravilangadu and Anakkallu. A few more churches were raised to parish churches.
At present there are sixteen parish
churches under Ramapuram forane church. Many of them are ancient churches with
St. Augustine’s Church,
In 1630 a chapel was
built and in 1760 it became a special parish church. The church building was
modified many times. There are many educational institutions namely St.
Sebastian’s Higher Secondary School, St. Mathews L.P.School etc. The main
festival of the church is celebrated on 15th and 16th of
St. Mary’s Church,
The church was
established in 1910 and in 1928 it became a parish church. The L.P. School
started in 1908 was raised to a U.P school and later to a High School.
St. John’s Baptist
It was established in
1878 as a church of ‘Sisma Sabha’. Ramapuram church bought it and in 1954 it
became an independent parish and in October 1954, the construction of the new
church was completed.
St. John’s Church ,
It was established in
1897 as a ‘Kurisupally’ of Ramapuram Forane Church. In 1955 it became a Parish.
The construction of the present church was completed in 1967. A primary school
was started in 1916. Important celebration is the feast of St. Sebastian.
St. Sebastian’s Church,
It was started in 1960
as a ‘Kurisupally’ and later it became an independent parish. The construction
of the new church building was completed in 1978. The main feast celebrated in
the parish is the feast of St. Sebastian.
St. Thomas Church,
It was established in
1982 as a prayer centre. In 1995 it was raised to the status of an independent
parish. The present church building is built in modern style and it was blessed
on December 18, 2002.
St. Thomas church,
It was established on 3rd
July, 1897 and became an independent parish in 1909. In 1917 the church was
modified and it was rebuilt recently. The LP School started in 1916 was raised
to the status of a UP School later.
Mary’s Church, Poovakulam
It was at first started
as a small prayer centre in 1966 and later became an independent parish.
Sebastian’s Church, Kurinji
February 1955 started in a temporary shed. On the completion of the church
building in 1957 it became an independent parish. There is a chapel at Idiyanal
junction and the church runs a Lower Primary School.
St. Pious Church, Amanakara
Amanakara monastery an
institution of CMI Congregation is not a parish. But it is a spiritual centre
that conducts holy mass and other activities as in a parish church. Associated
with the monastery there is the famous Chavara International School, Amanakara.
Perpectual Adoration Chappell
In the North East side
of Ramapuram church yard there is the perpectual Adoration Chapel, built in
2003. Its construction was aimed at providing facilities for individual
meditation and prayer. It is the first chapel of this kind in the diocese of
Since the facilities of the present church is not adequate for the parishners,
the construction of a new church is taken up by the parish. It is expected that
the new church
will be one of the biggest catholic churches in India.
In Ramapuram, related to many churches there are convents for sisters. With
their leadership schools, orphanages, old age homes, employment training centres
etc. are functioning. These convents are giving selfless service to the society
and are centres of spiritual activities.
A vast majority of the Christians in Ramapuram belong to the Pala diocese.
Knanaya Catholics under Kottayam diocese are living in the Western part of
Ramapuram. There is no information regarding the existence of Muslim community
in Ramapuram Panchayat. Thus various divisions of Hindu and Catholics constitute
the people of Ramapuram. An important point to be stressed is that it is a place
with no religious conflicts and people live in perfect harmony and peace.
The contribution of Christian Community is very important in the economic,
educational, cultural and sports fields of Ramapuram. They are role models in
the area of agriculture and trade
and remind others the dignity of labour. They were very faithful to the
Zamindars and through cultivation of crops like ginger, rubber etc. contributed
to the economic growth of the area. Now the income generated through rubber
cultivation has caused them to flourish. The land reform laws were in favour of
the agriculturists. The hardworking Christian Society could realize the
importance of agricultural land.
In the field of education, the leadership given by the diocese and parish
churches are remarkable. All important educational institutions in Ramapuram
were established by the initiative taken by Ramapuram Forane church and the
neighbouring parish churches. This helped in the inter-cultural development. Christians showed the path of
attaining higher education from outside. The first degree holder, George Thomas
Kunnathettu gained degree from Trissinappilly. The Ramapuram parish appreciated
the achievement of K. Kuriakose Thottumkal, the first M.A. degree holder.
The present town developed under the leadership of Ramapuram Church. Land and
facilities for the hospital and many other government offices were provided by
the church. Formerly the Ramapuram temple junction was the centre of activities.
The road to Pala was through temple junction –Pulparamukku- Chakkampuzha (1864).
Ramapuram - Pizhaku road was made in 1874 and in 1926 Pala road was modified by
constructing a bridge at Puthuveli. Pala – Ramapuram- Koothattukulam road is one
of the shortest routes for Sabarimala pilgrims from North Kerala, Tamil Nadu and
The first business firm in Ramapuram was the company peedika started in 1910 by
Mundackal Ouseph Mathew and Ulahannan Mathew. Nellikkatheruvil Thommi used lorry
on the road for the first time. The Christian society contributed a lot for the
setting up of the co-operative bank, administration of Panchayat etc.
The birth anniversary of Travancore Maharaja was celebrated with pomp and glory.
The feast of Christuraja was also celebrated under the leadership of local
churches and Sunday schools. Now there is a cultural procession during Sree
Narayana Jayanthi around, Ramapuram. For Sreekrishna Jayanthi ‘Sobha Yatras’ are
being organized every year at various parts of the Panchayat.
The festival of the church is a grand event at Ramapuram, when large number of
people gather in the church and the maidan and participate in the celebrations
with great enthusiasm. The city would be beautifully decorated for the festival
on 31st December and 1st January. At this time people who
had migrated from Ramapuram to Malabar and High Range return to their native
place. As it was the first church in the name of St. Augustine, pilgrims from
Cochin used to come here by bus and on foot. The church ground and roads are
filled with people, hawkers, illumination, fireworks, procession, holy rituals
etc. were all attractive and colourful memories of church festival. A special
offering to saint was ‘Puzhukku Nercha’ to get
better crops from cultivation. The ‘Puzhukku’ prepared with all the crops
is distributed among poor and needy. Today the church festival celebrations have
changed a lot. The feast of St. Augustine, celebrated on August 28th
is also an important celebration.
The church festival related to Blessed Thevaruparambil Kunjachan is an important
event attracting large number of people belonging to different religions. People
even from faraway places come to participate in holy functions. On October 16th
every year we see an increasing trend in the number of pilgrims who attend the
function. The steps to declare Kunjachan as a saint is in progress. Thus
Ramapuram church is changing into an important pilgrim centre.
The utsav of Ramapuram Sree Rama Temple is celebrated in eight days starting
from ‘Chodinal’ in the month of Meenam. The programmes include Kathakali for
five days, sangeethakacheri, dance, Kathaprasangam, Ottanthullal, fireworks etc.
Elephant ‘ezhunnallathu’ during day and night, various vadyams, temple poojas
etc. continues to provide a feast both for eyes and mind. At present the Utsav
is celebrated giving more importance to temple ceremonies than cultural
programmes. During Siva Ratri utsav the ezhunnallathu from Ramapuram town to
Palliyampuram temple attracts people from all walks of life. Many temples in the
panchayat celebrate mandala mahotsav. Programmes like drama, dance, sangeetha
kacheri etc. will be there in addition to the temple ceremonies. The utsav of
Mutharamman Koil is on ‘Pathamudaya’, special stage programmes are arranged at
the temple junction. The festival season of Onam abounds with art and sports
competitions, socio-cultural and religious programmes in all areas of Ramapuram.
In all such programmes people take part with great interest, despite the
differences of class, colour, caste or creed. It can be rightly said about
Ramapuram that it is still a land under the reign of ‘Mahabali’.
The history of Ramapuram will be complete only with a reference to the history
of the places here. Geographically these places are related to Ramapuram town
and people in these areas always like to be a part of Ramapuram Panchayat.
The places like Marangad, Vellilappilly, Ezhacherry, Chakkampuzha, Edakkoly,
Kondadu, Koodappulam, Amanakara, Mundakappalam, Kizhathiri, Methiri, Pazhamala,
Palaveli, Mullamattam, Kurinji are situated around Ramapuram town. These names
are not based on panchayat wards. Each of these areas are with school,
libraries, post office, temple, church etc. Ezhacherry, Marangad, Vellilappilly,
Mullamattom etc. are the most fertile areas of Ramapuram. The water from
Ramapuram area flows through streams like
Puthuvely and Arattupuzha. Ramapuram is surrounded by hills on almost all sides,
namely Koozhamala, Pazhamala, Kuruvankunnu, Kurijnikoompan, Valakkattukunnu and
Fathimagiri. The names of these places show Dravidian influence. The names
Kurinji, Kuninji, Methiri etc. means ‘Malavaram’ and they suit well with their
geographical features. In the name of places like Koodappulam and Mundakappulam
there is ‘pulam’ meaning ‘vayal’. If Marangad is kad of marams, Vellilappilly
indicates a place of ‘Kuttikkadu’. Kizhathiri is thazhvaram and Edakkoli is
valley between hills with abundant water sources. On the whole, Ramapuram with
its fertile land, abundant water sources, favourable climate, hills, valleys and
paddies is now changed into a land of rubber cultivation. There are places like
Kuruvankunnu, Kurinjikoompan, Kottukaramala, Vellianchirappara, Paruthanmala and
Fathimagiri which can be changed into tourist centres.
It was during the regent administration of Sethulekshmi Bai in 1926 that Grama
Panchayats were introduced in Travancore. Later on village unions were
introduced at important places including Ramapuram.
In 1953 elected Panchayat samities came into existence for the first time. At
that time Ramapuram was a part of Thiru-Kochi. Election to the Panchayats were
carried out in 1953, 1963, 1979, 1988, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. All these
elections were conducted in Ramapuram Panchayat also.
Administration Committee, 1953
S. Balakrishanan Nair,
K.A. Auguthy, Edakkara Cheenkallel
K.M Joseph, Karakkatt
K.J Raman Namboothiri,
M.G Krishnan Nair,
P.S. Padmsnsbhan Nair (Appu) Pazhumadathil became the committee member through
by –election after the resignation of K.J. Raman Namboothiri.
Administration Committee, 1963
N.C Joseph, Nedumkunnel
K. Gopalan, Kuzhivelil
T.J Joseph, Mundackal
A.N Raman Nair,
G. Kunju Raman,
From 29.09.1965 onwards Augustine A Edakkara became the committee member to the
vacancy after the resignation of T.J Joseph, Thankamma Ulahannan was nominated
as lady member from 12.10.1965 onwards.
Administration Committee, 1979
K.N Ramachandran Nair,
Kaippanavayalil ( Vice President)
G. Kunju Raman,
C.J. Joseph, Cherunilam
M.V. Thomas, Maliakal
Administration Committee, 1988
Mittathanickal (Vice President)
K.A. Thomas, Kolathu
M.P. Sivasankaran Nair,
K.A. Gopi, Illimoottil
M.R. Balakrishnan Nair,
Administration Committee, 1995
Nair (Vice President)
T.K. Devasia, Theruvath
Daisy Baby, Uzhuthuval
Administration Committee, 2000
Sujatha Mukundan (1 year, First lady President)
Molly Peter ( 2 Years, President)
Selly George ( 2 Years, President)
V.A. Jose, Uzhunnalil ( 3 Years, Vice President)
Joseph Zacharias (2 years , Vice President)
Adv. Vincent Cherian
Roy Mathew, Elippulikkatt
Lissy Baby, Mulayinkal
Salim Kunjuraman, Pulinchuvattil (died in office)
Administration Committee, 2005
P.J.John, Puthiyidathuchalil (President, 2 years)
Roy Mathew, Eluppulikkatt (Presedent, 2 Years)
K.R. Krishnan Nair (President, One year)
V.C. Chacko, Vattukunnel (Vice President, 2 years)
P.J.Mathachan, Puthiyidathuchalil (Vice President, one
Elsamma Cherian (Vice President, 2 years)
M.P. Krishnan Nair
Administration Committee, 2010
Molly Peter (President)
Mathew Abraham (Vice President)
Benny Abraham, Theruvathu
Baiju John, Puthiyidathuchalil
Lisamma Mathachan, Puthiyidathuchalil
Sunny Augustine, Porunnakottu
Daisy Baby, Uzhuthuval
Benny Mathew, Kulakkattolickal
The local self governments gained more power through the 73rd and 74th
Constitutional Amendments and subsequent legislations. Afterwards four elections
were conducted and the present governing body started its functioning November
2010. From 2007-08 financial year onwards planning and execution is going on in
accordance with People Planning System. During last 15 years, there is
remarkable progress in the production, service and infrastructural sectors in
A number of eminent writers lived in Ramapuram who made remarkable contributions
to Malayalam literature. Ramapurathu Variar was the pioneer among them. His
famous work is “Kuchela Vrutham Vanchippattu”. Bhashastapadi, Noushadam
Thiruvathirappatt, Ira Vana Vadam Thullam, Prabhatha Keerthanam are his other
works. He was born in 1703 (878 Kumbham, 2) and died in 1759 (934 Makaram). His
father was Amanakara Punam Illam Padmanabhan Namboothiri and mother was
Ramapuram Varyath Parvathi Varasyar. He stayed at Variamparampil, near Sree Rama
Temple preparing materials to the temple. In 1749 he went to Vaikom temple to
see Marthanda Varma with Ravivarma of Vellilappilly Palace. They stayed at
Thiruvananthapuram and returned to Ramapuram with the gift given by Maharaja.
“Kuchela Vrutham” is an extra ordinary work in Malayalam literature. It was
written during the period of Attakkathas and is not based on any previous works.
Though it is the famous ancient story, by its spiritual attainment of selfless
devotion, it has its own identity and originality. In the words of P. K.
Parameswaran Nair, “these types of works are very rare in Malayalam literature
which has artistic perfection, expression of ideas and relevancy”. “Kuchela
Vrutham” is the only work that has made the poet immortal, the novelty of the
work remains unaltered even after two and a half centuries.
Govarnador Paremakkal Thommakathanar
Paremakkal Thommakathanar was an important writer who lived in Ramapuram in the
18th century. He was born at Kadanad, near Ramapuram on 4th
September 1734 and died on 20th March 1799. “Varthamanapustakam” or
“Ente Romayathra” is one of the most important contributions of Thommakathanar.
This is the first travelogue in Indian Languages.
In October 1778 Paremmakkal Thommakathanar went to Rome with Dr. Kariyatti
Joseph Malpan. They started from Chennai City and in July 1799 reached Lisbon,
the Capital of Portugal and then to Rome to submit an application to the Pope.
The submission did not get favourable response from the Roman Pontiff. While staying at Portugal Dr. Kariyath was
appointed as the Bishop of Kodungalloor Diocese. After two years both of them
returned to their native place and before reaching Kodungalloor Dr. Kariyatti
was assassinated. On 1st May 1786 Fr. Paremakkal reached at Ramapuram
and his experiences during the journey forms the great book
In 1786 Paremakkal became the Govarnador of Kodungalloor diocese and Angamali
was the centre of his administration. After 1794 it was shifted to Ramapuram.
The journey from North Travancore through Kulachal, Udayagiri, Kottar to Chennai
Town is explained very humorously. The important observations in the continents
of Africa, South America and Europe were also explained in a style tinged with
humour. The description of cities such as Lisban, Geneva and Rome are considered
as the most beautiful explanations in Vartamanapusthakam’. The depth of his
thought can be seen throughout the work. We can be proud of the fact that the
author of such a work, very rare in Malayalam literature, belongs to Ramapuram.
Lalithmbika Antharjanam the mother of Malayalam Literature is a name that people
of Ramapuram remember with great respect. She was born on 30th March
1909 in Kottavath Illam in Kottarakkara Taluk. She came to Ramapuram as the wife
of Amanakara Illam Narayanan Namboothiri she came to Ramapuram. She died on 6th
February 1987. Agnisakshi (novel) Therenjedutha Kathakal, Aadyathe Kathakal,
Moodupadam, Thakarnna Thalamura (collection of poems) Seetha Muthal Sathyavathi
Vare (criticism) are her important works. ‘Agnisakshi’ was awarded the
Kendra-Kerala Sahithya Academy Award, Vayalar Award and Odakkuzhal Award (1977).
Seetha Muthal Sathyavathi Vare received Kerala Sahithya Academy Award (1973).
Her birth centenary was celebrated in the year2009 with various programmes under
the auspices of Kendra - Kerala Sahitya Academy. In memory of Lalithambika
Antharjanam literary awards are given on 30th March every year.
Though many blessed poets lived in Ramapuram unfortunately their writings were
not adequately collected and published. Thenganal Asan, Ponnamattathil Ouseph
Mappila and Panachithanath K.P. Marar were among these unnoticed talents. The
poem ‘Grand Vadyar’ by K.P. Marar, though printed, was not adequately published.
N. Mohanan, the son of Lalithambika Antharjanam was a famous writer, who made
remarkable contributions to Malayalam literature. He was born on 27th
April 1933 and died on 3rd October 1999. His important works are
Innalathe Mazha (novel), Ninte Katha (enteyum), Dukhathinte Rathrikal,
Poojakkedukkatha Pookal and N.Mohanante Kathakal (Katha Samaharam). Innalathe
Mazha received Kerala Sahithya Academy Award. He acted as the Director of
Department of Culture, Managing Director of the Film Development Corporation,
Working Committee Member of Kerala Sahithya Academy etc. Based on his stories
there was a television serial in Doordarsan named ‘Mohanadarsanam’. N Mohanan
was a writer who showed a sense of belongingness to Ramapuram.
Krishnan Parappilly the author of many poetic collections was born in Ramapuram
on 21st November 1921 and from 1943 onwards settled at Bombay.
Parameswarayyar Parapallimadam was his father and Parvathiammal, the mother. He
has published about 25 articles Kavithanarthi, Navarekha (Kavitha Samaharam),
Krishnaleela, Darsanika Chakravalangal (Subhashitha Mahakavyam with 1008 slokas)
He has also written a number of ‘Geethakangals’ and English works. He was the
editor of publications namely, Navasamhita Malarkula and Visala Keralam. He has
achieved the Sree Krishna Ratnam degree and many awards like Changampuzha award,
Maha Kavithrayam Award, Ramapurath Variyar Award and Kavya Saparya Suvarna
Ezhacherry Ramachandran, the famous poet, orator and news paper editor is a
native of Ramapuram. He was born on 28th May1944. His father was
Raman Nair and his mother was Kartiyaniamma. His famous works are Neeli,
Kavadichinth, Akaleyengo, Idimuzhakkam, Kayyoor, Uyarum Njan Nadake, Thankavum
Thymavum, Kedavari etc. He has received many awards like Abudabi Sakthi Award,
Muloor Award, A.P. Kalakkad Award, Ezhumangalam Vamadevan Award, Asan
Puraskaram, Nana Awards, Kerala Sahithya Academy Award etc. He has also written
songs for films and drama and received awards from the state government.
V. S. Kumaran a novelist as well as a novel-short story writer, now working in
New delhi is a native of Ramapuram. He was awarded the Mathrubhumi Patmarajan
Award for the novel ‘Katputhali’. He was also awarded the Abudhabi Sakthi Award
for ‘Shajahanabadile Vaidyam, a short story collection.
C.R. Kesavan Vaidyar born in Ramapuram and later settled at Irinjalakkuda
was a writer, editor and a cultural reformer. He was born on 26th
August 1904 and died on 6th November 1999. His important works are
Sree Narayana Chinthakal, Vicharadarpanam, Gurucharangalil, Prathyavu Shadha
Vidhiyum Pradhama Chikilsayum, Palpu Muthal Mundassery Vare and Maryadarsikal.
K. Kuriakose Thottumkal was a college lecturer and writer. Malayala Bodhanam was
his important work.
Prof. K. Ramakrishna Pillai was a college lecturer, astrologer and writer. His
major works are Onnumuthal Poojyam Vare, Sankhyaka Nikhandu, Sample Survey,
Samkhyakam Uparipadanathine and Ganithasastrathile Athikayanmar. Vidwan Joseph
Paimpilly was an efficient teacher, connoisseur of literature, social worker and
writer. He has written the biography of Alphonsamma.
Vidwan P.R. Sankarapillai Pallatt was a resourceful teacher and writer
Adarsadeepangal and Chinthavistayaya Sita are his famous works.
Ramapuram Murali was a poet, orator and teacher. His important works are
Parudeesayil (Kavitha Samaharam) and Vidyabhasa Manasastram. Besides many other
outstanding personalities and writers are at Ramapuram who has contributed to
the literary heritage of Ramapuram. They include D.C. Augustine Kachiramattam,
Prof. M.G. Kesavan Menamparampil, Ramapuram Mani, Ramapuram Chackochan, Appachan
Kakkozhayil, V.K. Kumara Kaimal, Thanooja S. Battathiri etc. There are others
who showed excellence in criticism, public speaking etc.
Saraswati Vilasam Malayalam School, Edakkoly was the first School in Ramapuram.
It was established in 1887 as an unrecognised institution, with Madavana Raman
Nair as the manager. In 1909 the school became Malayalam middle school with
seven standards. It was surrendered to the Government in 1920, in 1981 it became
Government High School and in 2000 Government Higher Secondary School.
The government L P School near Ramapuram temple was started in 1903 in the north
vadyappura of the curuch. In 1960 it was transferred from the premise of the
church to the Sreelakshmi Theatre building. Later on the school started
functioning in the present place contributed by Ramapurath Variar Memorial Trust
by constructing its new building.
The Valyath LP School started with recognition in 1907 is one of the earliest
educational institutions in Ramapuram.
At that time only a few people were able to continue their studies at Edakoly
Malayalam Middle School and Pala St. Thomas School. So most people discontinued
their studies after the primary level. As a solution, in 1916 a Middle School
was started in Ramapuram under the church leadership. Third forum was started in
1922 and in 1937 there started the fourth forum and became the High School. But
in 1939 instead of starting the sixth forum, measures were taken to stop the
high school due to the shortage of students and scarcity of infrastructural
facilities. Then the school was under Muvattupuzha D.E.O and as per his special
report the High School was cancelled. In 1950 St. Augustines High School became
an important school in Ramapuram. The school showed excellence in curricular and
co-curricular activities. It got first place in science for many times in the
state. In 2000 the school became Higher Secondary School.
North LPS, Ramapuram and St. Joseph’s School, Vellilappilly were started in
1915. In 1916 new schools were started at Chakkampuzha, Kondadu, Koodappulam,
Amanakara, Kurinji, Neeranthanam, Marangadu and Ezhacherry. The establishment of
more schools in the same year is due to the efforts made by the school
inspector, O. M. Cheriyan. For this he appointed important persons and
institutions in each place and motivated them. He also assured to allow grant
for the schools. People in each area found out land and established schools and
later surrendered it to the Government S.H.L.P.S. Ramapuram was established in
1922 and Sacred Heart Girls High School started functioning in 1949. The
performance of girl’s high school was remarkable in the succeeding years. Most
of the girls in Ramapuram had their high school education in this school. The
school contributed a lot in the field of sports and games too.
Govindavilasam UP School at Ezhacherry was started in 1930. At that time Public
examination was in the 7th standard and a pass certificate (VSLC) was
the basic qualification for various jobs. Thus as in Edakkoly school, Ezhacherry
G.V.U.P.S. also provided opportunity to large number of people to complete
education and in getting employment.
St. Johns School, Amanakara and Government LP School, Kizhathiri were started in
1936 and 1950 respectively.
R.V.M.U.P. School, established in memory of Ramapurath Variar was started in
1957. This aided school managed by R.V.M. trust is performing successfully. The
Sreekrishnavilasam U.P. School Kurinji was started in 1962.
A number of unaided schools are functioning in Ramapuram in a better way.
Alphonsa School is the first of this kind for more than 20 years. Chavara ICSC
School, Amanakara is growing as an important school in Ramapuram.
Higher Education institutions are not sufficient in Ramapuram. Mar. Augusthinose
College, established in 1995 is a self financing institution. It is the only
college in Ramapuram that provides job oriented degree and post graduate
courses. The ITC, at Amanakara is not functioning now. More professional and
other higher education institutions are to be established in Ramapuram.
Though there were no colleges in Ramapuram educational facilities were available
in the neighbouring colleges such as St. Thomas College, Pala, Alphonsa College,
Pala, St. Stephens College, Uzhavoor, Devamatha College, Kuravilangad and Newman
College Thodupuzha. There are quite a large number of people who qualified in
the area of professional education like Medicine, Engineering, Law etc. It is a
place blessed with comparatively large number of teachers. Persons who entered
civil services and Ph.D holders are many in the area. After completing nursing
courses many are serving in foreign countries. Parents are ambitious of getting
bright future to their children through human resource development and are
always cautious of providing better education.
The recognized libraries functioning
in Ramapuram Panchayat are :
Memorial Public Library, Ramapuram
Vinjana Poshini Public
Sarvodayam Public Library, Marangad
S.N. Public Library,
Public Library, Kurinji
Panchayat Library, Ramapuram
A number of good libraries have ceased to exist. They include T.P.V.M.M. Public
Library, Kondad and Prakash Library, Idiyanal.
Most of the libraries have completed fifty years of glorious functioning.
Saraswathi Vilasam Library, Edakkoly is one of the oldest libraries in Meenachil
Taluk. The R.V.M. Public Library started in 1948 is the first institution formed
in memoriam of Ramapurath Variar. All libraries have their own buildings and
large collection of books.
The advent of electronic media has caused dent in the number of people visiting
the libraries. The fact that many of the government employed can be attributed
to the excellent academic standard of the schools. Due share also should be paid
to the libraries and the reading public. It is encouraging to note that the rate
of newspaper subscription in Ramapuram exceeds the state average.
People of Ramapuram are great counosseiurs of art, though they hardly find any
time to perform it. Even in the absence of professional groups, the artistic
talents were nurtured by the amateur ones. The presence of these groups
motivated a lot of children to participate in the youth festivals.
There was a Kathakali group at Amanakara. Organisations to train ‘Nagaswaram’,
‘Parichamuttukali’ and ‘Bantumelam’ are also available in various parts of the
Panchayat. A band set programme was conducted at Muthuvalloorkunnel. Now the
band set of S.H school is at par with any professional troop. Fireworks of
Chakkankal group was famous and continued to be so till recently. Theatre
artists, directors and TV Artists were there on amateur basis. The arrival of
Jins Gopinath from Ramapuram as the finalist in Idea Star Singer Contest in
Asianet was a great excitement to the natives of Ramapuram. Jins, the budding
talent is a future prospect about whom Ramapuram can be proud of.
Once there was a remarkable growth in the field of amateur drama in Ramapuram.
The practice of writing and presenting drama by the local people themselves
during local festivals was very common. Drama competitions were conducted in
connection with libraries. There were artists in Kathaprasangam, though none of
them became very famous. Now cultural programmes are the monopoly of electronic
In many places arts and sports clubs are functioning and some of them are
related to libraries. Progressive Arts and Sports Club, Kondadu have its own
land and building and is functioning for more than 30 years ago. Most of these
clubs are not functioning continuously. They become active during their
anniversaries and Onam celebrations. The Town Club of Ramapuram which became
famous by conducting cultural processions in connection with Onam celebrations
is not functioning now. Syco Club, Amanakara also organized cultural
processions. The Fine Arts Society, aimed at dramatic appreciation lead by T.J.
Joseph functioned efficiently for 5-8 years.
The Kurisupalli built in 1957 is an illustration of the architectural sense of
the people of Ramapuram. Rajan Mundappilly needs special mention who built
decorated stopas at the entrances of Ramapuram Sree Rama Temple and Kondadu
At present there is no much importance to indigeneous arts and temple arts.
Every year thiruvathira competitions are arranged at Ezhacherry temple. Traning
programmes are arranged for Kathakali, Garudan Parava, Thalayattamkali and
Margamkali. The declaration on the initiation programmes after studying
classical dance and orchestra are evidences for the preservation of cultural
heritage of the area.
Ramapuram has a good tradition in the field of sports. In ancient times local
traditional games took place in rural areas. People were trained in ‘Kalari’,
Gymnastics etc. Kalaries of Vattukunnel Skaria and Poovakkattu Kuriakose were
famous. Circus training was provided by Kulathinkal family.
The volleyball team of Ramapuram maintained better position for a long time.
Volleyball tournament was conducted at the state level under auspices of
Athletic club, started in 1954. There were also professional teams for tug of
war. In families like Udupuzha and Kottiri, there were many sportsmen and
coaches to guide various games. Kotton Kurian is a name that deserve special
mention. Physical training was concentrated on the two schools in Ramapuram. The
sports athletes of the two colleges in Pala includes a number of boys and girls,
who were from schools of Ramapuram. National level gold medalist ‘Suvarnabalika’
K. M. Selin, Salinath etc. are the contribution of S.H. High School.
A good cricket team functioned at Kizhathiri ward. P & T Cricket Team 1996 state captain
Sanalkumar, District athlets Manoj Kumar Gopalakrishnan Nair, Joshy John, Jeenus
Nath etc. are some of the products
of this cricket team. The Universal chess club was very active at Kizhathiri.
State level chess champions were produced from the club. The football tournament
conducted by Ramapuram Southern Club, Volleyball tournament conducted by white
elevens etc underline excellence of Ramapuram in sports and games.
Physical skill is the prestige of a nation. It is the speciality of sports to
findout the best at national and international levels. Kottayam district has
played a major role in sustaining Kerala as a leader in sports. Modern day
sports calls for professionalism. Not withstanding the Panchayat mini stadium
and the stadium of Mar Augusthinose College, Ramapuram lacks a multi-purpose
indoor stadium and a swimming pool.
Ramapuram has a glorious tradition in ayurvedic treatment. Buddhism and Ayurveda
are closely related. Many of the acharyas of ayurveda belong to Buddhist
religion. While the vedic religion gave more emphasis to ritual sacraments
Buddhism stressed sciences like ayurveda and astronomy. It may be from this
tradition that traditional health care styles got priority in Ramapuram.
Ayurvedic treatment was practised at Kondadu. Keerippatt for a long time.
General treatment and special treatment for lunacy, epilepsy, and snake bite
were given in a better way before 50 years. As a result there emerged ‘vaidyan’
families like Pandikkatt, Chullikatt, Kanikunnel, Illickal etc.
The treatment tradition of Kondamaruku Illam is very famous even today. Though
ayurvedic treatment has scientific aspect, the treatment is related more to
belief. This element of belief is more evident in the treatment at Kondamaruk
Illam. There were separate and specific families for treating various diseases.
Vandannoor for marma treatment, Kariathumpara and Menamparampil for poison
treatment, Kulathumkal for child treatment, Valummel for Jaundice, Kumbalth for
skin treatment, Kattakkayam for abdomen treatment, Thozhuthumkal for animal
treatment. etc. are traditional
doctors and experts in their own fields till recently. They treated it as a
service for which the masses paid with gratitude.
In the field of allopathic treatment, government hospital, Ramapuram is the main
centre. The hospitals at Ramapuram and Chakkampuzha lack in expert and
specialized treatment. There is a Government Homoeo Hospital at Ezhacherry and a
Government Ayurvedic Hospital at Idiyanal. Homoeopathic treatment is given by
many private dispensaries also. There are private Ayurvedic treatment centres
run by qualified doctors. For dental treatment well equipped clinics are
functioning at Ramapuram.
Ganakas who took astrology as an occupation were there in many areas.
Ayyappanasan from Vaikom taught Sanskrit and astrology at Keerippatt, Prof. K.
Ramakrishna Pillai was his student. P. Prabhakaran was also a noted scholar in
astrology. Today astrology is a private occupation and many people are not ready
to consider it as a science.
The first half of the 20th century was a period of rapid changes.
Monarchy that existed for a thousand years came to an end. Social evils like
serfdom, untouchability and marumakkathayam which existed in Kerala for over
centuries were abolished. These changes took effect in Ramapuram also.
The SNDP established in 1903 and NSS in
1914, influenced its social conditions. The branches of SNDP came into existence
at Marangadu and Kondadu in 1927 and 1932 respectively. The first NSS Karayogam
in Ramapuram was started at Kondadu and was graced by the presence of Mannathu
KPMS Sadhujana Paripalana Yogam, founded by Ayyankali, though inactive during
the earlier days has transformed into a more functional organisations like Velan
Mahasabha and Paravar Society are also functioning in the respective areas. The
All Kerala Catholic Congress is another organisation that is very active in
Communal issues have never bothered the residents of Ramapuram. Their
functioning based on mutual respect has helped in strengthening communal
harmony. They eliminated many customs and maintained certain others. These
communal organisations have affected the lives of the people in a fruitful way.
The developmental activities of Travancore Kings initiated social reforms
inRamapuram. Pandarappatta Vilambaram was in 1865, during the reign of Ayilyam
Thirunal. It was to provide ownership to the tenants on rented properties of
Government. With this many tenants received land on fixed right.
The Nair Act of 1925 during the reign of
Sethulakshmi was to adopt Makkathayam instead of Marumakkathayam. In 1926
killing of animals were prohibited in temples under Devaswam Board. Poorappatt
was prohibited in 1927 and Devadasi system in 1930. Grama Panchayats came into
existence in 1926 with an order from the Queen and in 1953 elected Panchayat
Samithi was formed.
From Ramapuram C.R. Kesavan Vaidyar participated in the Vaikom Sathyagraha of
1924. People participated in the Nivarthana agitation and then in the Travancore
state congress movements between 1932 to 1938. The names of Ponnamattathil
Joseph Mappila, Thottumkal Kurian Ouseph, Mundakkal Ulahannan Mathew, Mishan
Frenchu, C I Augusthy Cheenkallel, Joseph
Keelathu etc. are to be remembered here. R.V. Thomas the first MLA and speaker
of Travancore Legislative Assembly belongs to Cholappillil family in Ramapuram.
The services of Venerable Thevarparambil Kunjachan to the weaker and scheduled
sections was a silent revolution in Ramapuram. He attracted them to Christianity
and provided opportunities for their social upliftment and progress. With the
temple entry proclamation of 1936 November 12 there was the beginning of an age
of equality. Here the services
rendered by reverent fathers of Ramapuram viz Fr. Uthupp Attupurath, Fr.
Alexander Chittadiyil, Fr. Andrews Pallivathukkal, Fr. Thomas Kuzhumpil, Fr.
Manimaplan Kaniyarakath, Fr. Peter Valavanat, Fr. Joseph Kuzhumpil, Fr. John
Aramchery are to be remembered Following the foot steps of many others, who
acted as parish vicars also contributed to the progress of Ramapuram.
The inception of Communist Party in Kerala in 1937 influenced Ramapuram also.
Some of the important communist leaders were Ramapuram Gopi, Kavaliyel
Kuriakose, Vidwan Joseph Paimpilly, P.S. Padmanabhan Nair, etc.
Sri. M.M. Jacob is one of the most important leaders in the political history of
Ramapuram. He was a union minister and member of Rajya Sabha, more than once.
After his tenure as Meghalaya Governor, he is working as an active leader of
The Political movements in Ramapuram has been greatly influenced by K M Mani,
though he is not a native of Ramapuram. He worked as minister of various
departments and MLA of Pala Assembly Constituency, which includes Ramapuram from
E M Augusthy, the Congress leader of Idukki district is from Ellampuzha family
in Ramapuram. Roshy Augustine, Kerala Congress MLA of Idukki belongs to
Cherunilam family at Chakkampuzha. Joseph Vazhakkan, Congress MLA of
Muvattupuzha is from Vazhakkamalayil family in Ramapuram. Baby Uzhuthuval,
Kerala Congress General Secretary and many other leaders are from Ramapuram.
P.J. John, Puthiyidathuchalil enjoyed a long term as the Panchayat President and
the president of Co-operative Bank. Now he is the President of the Merchant’s
Association in Ramapuram. V.K. Kumarakaimal is the District President and State
Committee Member of Congress (S).
The social environment in Ramapuram is rapidly changing as in other places of
Kerala. The field of education has become competitive. Though there is an
increasing trend of despising one’s mother tongue and culture, there is an
advantage of global exposure and better living conditions. There is every sign
to be positive, to hope that the future of Ramapuram will be safe in the hands
of the youth.
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