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Aruvikkara Village, Kerala, India – 80.95%


Review of Aruvikkara Village in Thiruvananthapuram district:


“It is a small yet progressive village. The community at Aruvikkara village takes keen interest in improving the quality of life of the people”

Review by Vignesh

Overall Rating – 3/3

Overall Score – 80.95%%

Duration of Stay – Short Visit (Less than 1 week)

Time of Visit – Before 2019

Purpose of Visit – Tourism  

Image Source : Reviewer (Village Gram Panchayat team on a tour of Aruvikkara)

How to Reach Aruvikkara Village:

  • Aruvikkara is a small village, that is accessible via road either using Bus or private vehicles from Thiruvananthapuram city”
  • The village is part of South Kerala Division, in Thiruvananthapuram district. Block headquarters are located in Nedumangad
  • The village is close to both State highways and National highways
  • Aruvikkara village can be accessed via Ponmudi Road or via Kachani Road
  • Private Car/Cab from Thiruvananthapuram (19 km), Kovalam (30 km) or Ponmudi (40 km) are available
  • The closest major railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central (17 km)
  • Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport (19.5 km)
aruvikkara village location
Kovalam Beach near Aruvikkara Village (Source: Google Maps)

Places of Interest near Aruvikkara

  • Several wildlife sanctuaries and biosphere reserves are present within 50 km of Aruvikkara village. Among these are Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary (20 km), Peppara Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary (25 km)
  • Agasthyamalai Hills and Biosphere Reserve are located 50 km, across the state border in Tamil Nadu
  • Aruvikkara Dam on Karamana River lies within the village limits. The dam supplies water to the city of Thiruvananthapuram
  • Popular beaches like Shangumugham (23 km) and Kovalam (30 km) are not too far
Aruvikkara Dam on Karamana River (Source: Wikipedia – Shishirdasika)
A street in Aruvikkara (Source: Wikipedia)
aruvikkara village gram panchayat session
Gram Panchayat session in Aruvikkara (Source: Reviewer Vignesh)
Welcoming a team of Good Governance Yatra Visitors at Aruvikkara (Source: Vignesh)

Places to Stay near Aruvikkara Village

  • Hotel Prasanth (INR 2,200) at 14 km in PMG Junction, Trivandrum
  • Nadan Hotel (INR 1,600) at 9.5 km in Peroorkada
  • Hotel Surya (INR 4,050) at 6.5 km in Nedumangad
  • OYO Budget Stay (INR 1,200) at 9.5 km in Kanjirampara, Trivandrum
  • “Being a small village, accommodation in the village may not be possible. However, Thiruvananthapuram city is only around an hour’s drive from Aruvikkara, and can offer a lot of options for accommodation”

Quality of Infrastructure:

Access from Main Highway – 2/3

Presence of School – 3/3

Healthcare Facilities – 2/3

Electricity – 2/3

Water Supply – 3/3

Mobile Network – 3/3

Overall Rating – 2/3


Review of Aruvikkara Village:

“Aruvikkara is a small yet very progressive village.

The village community is one that is very keen on improving the quality of life of its residents and has embraced community-driven initiatives such as Baal-sabha (for tutoring young children), Skill training of differently abled persons, Public Village Library, Digitized Public Distribution Susyem etc.

The Aruvikkara village community sustains itself through a system of Neighbourhood Self-help groups (NHGs).

The village Panchayat is fixed with Geo-informatic systems and ensures equal representation to both men and women in the panchayat administrative body.

It is also guided by Kudumbashree to help them adopt poverty alleviation programs such as Ashraya – that is aimed at identification and rehabilitation of the destitute.

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