Int'l Airports at present out of which three are in Kerala.The new proposed Airport at Kannur will be the
biggest in Kerala, when completed.Another Airport being constructed at Aranmula in Kerala in the private sector also if turns out to be an Int'l Airport this small state will have five International Airports in total which all Keralites would be proud about.Some may doubt what is the necessity of all these Airports here, but since many
Keralites are working abroad and the number of tourists visiting Kerala also increases every year there will be adequate traffic in all these Airports
Aranmula is in Pathanamthitta District.Out of the 14 districts of Kerala Pathanamthitta District is the youngest.It was formed in 1983 only.While Alappuzha District does not have any forest cover Pathanamthitta district is having 50% of its land as forest.This reserve forest is part of the western ghats and all varieties of trees grow thickly and wild animals like Elephat,Tiger,Bison,Deer,Bear,Monkey etc dwells in this dense forest.River Achankovil(128kms) and Manimala(90kms) flows through this district.River pampa flows through a large portion here and river Kallada a small part.
The significance of Aranmula is the conspicuous tradition of that place.The famous Aranmula temple is one of the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu in India.The snake boat race held here is world famous with 45 snake boats participating in the event.It attracts tourists from all pver India and abroad.Aranmula is also famous for 'Aramula Mirror' which is metallic.They are hand made master pieces made by artisans with special talents.They reveal that it is an alloy of copper and lead but the proportion and the way they polish it are kept as a secret.It is not made any where else in the world.They are very beautiful indeed.
Near Aranmula at Maraman there is a Christian Convention held every year on the bank basin of river Pampa.Millions of devotees take part in that convention in which delegates from abroad also participate.
In the last census of 2001 it was found that in India there are 24.1million Christians out of which a large portion are from Kerala.A large sector of Kerala Christians are proud that they have the hereditary of Christianity from the initial stage since they are descendants of the people baptized by the great St.THOMAS Apostle itself.St.Thomas came to Kerala to preach Christianity and he had a very good reception here.He established seven churches in Kerala out of which two are in Pathanamthitta District.They are in Niranam and Nilackal.Both these Churches attracts devotees in large numbers.
Malayalapuzha Bhadrakali temple,Kadammanitta devi temple which is famous for Padayani,Ranni Saleeswaram Mahadeva temple are famous.Pathanamthitta town which is the district head quarters,Thiruvalla and Adoor are bustling business centres.Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha Swamy temple which is one of the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu in India is also very famous.This temple compound is very large.Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is very famous because of the Deity Hanuman Swamy there.Even the place name derived from that Deity.It is the most famous and sacred Hanuman Swamy Temple in Kerala.The offering 'Aval Panthanazhi' in this temple to Hanuman Swamy is the speciality.
Konni is a place near Pathanamthitta town where tourists can do trekking to the forest, ride on Elephants
conduct wild life safari etc.There is an Elephant training center here.Elephants are not captured now but if
young elephants fall in some pits they are rescued and may be accepted by forest department after training.
Earlier square shaped ditches were dug in the forests where elephants usually move on.Elephants are having the habit of moving in heards with young ones in the front,females behind that and mature males at the back.The pit made will be covered with dry logs and dry leaves.One of the young calf may fall in the pit from which it can not come out itself and the other elephants will be helpless too to rescue it.Later the young elephant will be taken out by using two three well trained elephants by elephant trainers and the training session starts in a strong wooden cage.Konni was famous for this elephant training
Tail pieceOnce the Organizers of Nehru Trophy Boat race at Alappuzha decided to invite four snake boats of Aranmula group to participate in their event to add a divine element also.I have described that the snake boats used at Aranmula slightly differs from the boats used at Alleppey.The Stern of Aranmula snake boats are higher and bigger and these boats are well decorated and adorned with colourful umbrellas.They use traditional songs on them while rowing.Mundancavu snake boat was one among those selected.While the other three boats were towed to Alleppey by motor boats and their people went by bus to Alapuzha we decided to go by rowing our boat.I was also on the boat which reached some where near Alleppey at mid night.We had already left Pampa river and were rowing in a lake.It was raining heavily and wind was blowing hard.The helm's men had a hard time to keep the stern steady other wise the snake boat might over turn.Then came news by whimpering each other that we lost the way.The direction to Alleppey boat jetty could not be judged by anybody.Still we were rowing assuming that we were on the right course.No other boats or canoes were found in the visinity.Suddenly we heard a blare and so singing and rowing was stopped and with curiosity we listened to the direction of that voice. When we asked the direction to Alapuzha we were told that we almost reached the estuary.Fear aroused in our mind and we looked ahead and then could see the high rising boomers and could hear the roar of the sea.We were just near the confluence of the backwater and sea.A snake boat could not be controlled in the waves.
While coming back from Alapuzha after participating in the boat race, we also hired a motor boat for towing our snake boat but instead of going by bus half of the 120 people who were in total, sat in the motor boat which was used for towing while the other half sat on the snake boat.I still believe that it was God only who saved the sacred Aranmula Snake boat from that incident with out causing an accident.