Coordinates: 8°59′43″N 76°31′58″E / 8.9952900°N 76.532880°E / 8.9952900; 76.532880
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Govt. HSS, Chavara
Govt. HSS, Chavara
Coordinates: 8°59′43″N 76°31′58″E / 8.9952900°N 76.532880°E / 8.9952900; 76.532880
Country India
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code476
Vehicle registrationKL-23
Nearest cityKollam
Lok Sabha constituencyKollam
Chavara backwaters
Guhananda Puram temple

Chavara is a village in Karunagappally taluk, Kollam district, Kerala, India. It is a part of Kollam Lok Sabha constituency constituency.[1] The MLA of the constituency is currently Vijayan Pillai.

Location and tourism[change | change source]

Chavara is on the shores of the Arabian sea and the major freshwater lake in Kerala, Ashtamudi, which flows through it. Chavara has many lakes and lagoons including Sasthamkota Lake. Popular tourist centres are St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam, Kottankulangara Devi Temple, Kovilthottam beach, Kovilthottam lighthouse, and the area around Ashtamudi lake.[2]

Industries[change | change source]

The village has a high supply of mineral sand, mainly titanium in its beaches. For the processing of titanium, India's first Titanium Sponge Plant in India (TSP) was developed by KMML ( Kerala Minerals and metals Ltd) here, inaugurated in 2011 by the then Defence Minister of India, A. K. Antony. IRE (Indian Rare Earths Ltd) is another public sector unit in Chavara.[3] Kerala Premo Pipes a govt company(under KWA)in Chavara has been lying closed for the past 18 years.The Premo pipe factory which started production in 1961 and was closed in 1997 following adverse market conditions.Though an MOU was signed between KWA and HLL in the year 2011 for starting PVC pipes, same is yet to be materialized.[4] Ratna mushroom is one of the famous mushroom farm in Chavara.

Notable people[change | change source]

  • Jackson Stephan (The village is named after him)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Assembly Constituencies — Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  2. "Constituency". Ministry of Labour, Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  3. "News Archives: The Hindu". Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Chavara at Wikimedia Commons