|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Pathanamthitta|
Kumbanad is a place in koipuram panchayath Pathanamthitta district of Kerala state, in India. It is a part of Thiruvalla Taluk. It is situated on the Sabarimala pilgrimage route on the Thiruvalla - Kumbazha road (TK road / SH-07). Kumbanad is one of the wealthiest settlement in India. It has also the highest number of Christian houses of worship in India, estimated to be around fifty, for an area of its size.
Kumbanad is derived from two words in malayalam, Kumbhi and Nadu, which together mean "the land of elephants". It is believed that many wild animals and elephants roamed about this place a hundred years ago.
It is believed that several centuries before, Kumbanad was a prosperous village occupied by upper caste Hindus. The many fresh water tanks found in and around Kumbanad are attributed to that period. The community perished possibly by invading tribesmen and the land turned into a forest inhabited by wild animals and elephants.
Remittance from NRIs is the primary source of income. The large number of ATMs and high bank density are also attributed to large bank deposits. As of 2009, the bank deposits for the Kumbanad-Kozhencheri belt are estimated to be 5,400 Crore.
There are other small business and services that depend on the foreign remittance. Since most of the emigrants are young and middle aged, most of the settled population is old-aged. There are services and health care units that cater to their needs. 90% of the emigrants are from America,& Middle East. South Indian Bank is one of the major banks in Kumbanad.
Kumbanad is part of Aranmula assembly segment and Adv. K. Sivadasan Nair -UDF/INC is the current MLA. In Lok sabha, Kumbanad is represented by the sitting MP from Pathanamthitta, Mr. Anto Antony (Indian National Congress). Nirmala Mathews (United Democratic Front) is the current Koipuram panchayat president. Subin Neerumplackal is one of the emerging youth Leader from Kumbanad
Kumbanad has a tropical climate. The region receives most of the rain from the South-West monsoon from June to August and the North-East monsoon during October and November. Although the summer is from March to May, it receives locally developed thundershowers in April and May.
Kumbanad is a Christian centre in Middle Travancore Kerala. The famous Pentacostal Hebronpuram convention and Brethern Convention held here in the month January of every year. Most of the population of Kumbanad are belong to Marthomites. Amongst the Christian populace, the majority are either Marthoma, CSI, Evangelical, Indian Brethren, Jacobites, Pentecostal or Apostolic. There are also Catholic and Syrian Orthodox communities in Kumbanad. The other denominations in Kumbanad are Hindus.
1. Males: 12,823
2. Females: 14,266
3. Households: 6,615
Kumbanad is connected to Pathanamthitta, Kozhencherry, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Sabarimala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Guruvayoor, Tuticorin, Coimbatore, Salem, Velankanni, Hosur and Bangalore by private and government operated KSRTC buses. Kumbanad has been included in one of the new stations in the draft plan for the Tiruvalla - Sabarimala railway line.
T. K. Road ( Tiruvalla-Pathanamthitta-Kumbazha Road / SH - 07 ) connects Kumbanad to Thiruvalla, Manjadi, Kattode, Thottabhagom, Vallamkulam, Nellad, Eraviperoor, Pullad, Chettimukku, Maramon, Kozhencherry, Thekkemala, Nelikala, Elanthoor and Pathanamthitta. The Main Central Road from Thiruvalla connects to major towns/cities in Kerala. Muttumon connects Kumbanad to Kurianur, Mallapally, Vennikulam and towns in Kottayam district. The road from Kumbanad main kavala connects to Arrattupuzha via Kareelamukku, Othera, etc. and further on to Chengannur. Valathukara Canal can be seen on this route
Nearest Bus Stations :
Kaliyankal Ezhumali Kudumba Yogham
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