Aranmula, Aranmula Mirror, Aranmula Boat Race, Aranmula Temple
Aranmula is situated in Kulanada Block of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. The Panchayath is divided into 17 electoral wards which together form an area of 24 sq. kms with a population of approximately 29,000. Set in a typical rural Kerala background, with wetlands, streams, river and spur hills of Western Ghats.
The following are some of the visible features of the village which I noticed in my one hour quick tour.
Urbanisation : The Panchayath is neighbouring Chengannoor and Kozhenchery, two fast growing townships which in future may sprawl out to Aranmula. The flow of people and material flow between these business centres is on an increase. The Panchayath is also taking initiatives to boost the commercial activities through investments on infrastructure in its markets (Kottakkakom, Aranmula, Kotta and Kidangannur markets).
The buildings, shops and other establishments in and around Aranmula commercial street also shows the trend towards urbanisation with its variety of products, services and lay out.
Heritage Village and Tourism Centre : Aranmula mirror is famous for its uniqueness. The bell metal technology evolved in this village is still a technical secret and the product is the main attraction. The Vaastu Vidya Kendram – an institute for traditional architect is evolving into a centre for education, research and development is another important asset of the area.
Pilgrim Centre : Partha Saradhy Temple is the famous holy shrine which attracts many pilgrims. The festivals like Onam and celebrations like snake boat race attracts large mass of people to this tiny village. One of the main event is the feast organised in the temple on a daily basis. On an average 800 meals per day is served for public by the temple.
Fragile and Sensitive Eco System : Geographically Aranmula is connected to the famous Kuttanadu wetlands. One of the main feature is water. This village have several waterbodies including streams, ponds, wetlands and the river Pampa which are interconnected. The hills, valleys and wetlands are very fragile. The change in land use patterns and trends are also visible in existing activities like land reclamation etc.