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Kallooppara is the land with the most divine touch of tranquility and peace. Kallooppara is known for its religious harmony between all the sects of god loving souls be he a Hindu, a Christian, or a Muslim. People of this land have lived in peaceful coexistence from time immemorial. The swaying of the majestic and tall coconut groves in soul-relishing breeze is a sight that can make anyone think of 'Kingdom Come'. This land which is bestowed with these divine gifts is set most appropriately at the central part of the turquoise blue waters of the river Manimala, that originates from the Peruvanthanam hillocks, which in its due course joins with the well-known river Pampa at Keecherivalil of Pulikeezhu in Thiruvalla taluk.

HISTORY OF KALLOOPPARA

The land of Kallooppara was previously known by the name of Perumbranadu, which was so called due to its massive storage of rocks. Being known by the name of 'Perum Parra Nadu' in the previous days it gradually changed into Perumbranad in the latter days as legend has it.

Kallooppara was once the part of Thiruvalla taluk and with the formation of the Pathanamthitta district in 1983, a new taluk was chipped up by the name of Mallapally taluk and Kallooppara became a part of it. This prosperous land of Kallooppara was once governed by the Royalties of the Thekkumkoor Dynasty and Edappally Thampurans (rulers), who always had a deep concern and love for their subjects, who in turn did feel the same. A land with no class demarcation, love and respect for all was a model that we can be cherished and learned from even today.

THE KALARI AND THE FORT IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HISTORY

The old 'Vemolinad' was separated into 'Vadakumkoor' and 'Thekkumkoor' in A.D.1100. Kottayam, Chenganacherry, Thiruvalla, Kanjirapally and some places of high range where included in Thekkumkoor kingdom. Kallooppara was under the control of the Thekkumkoor dynasty. It had a Kalari (training center for material arts) unit at Kallooppara. The famous Kalari was known as Thekkumkoor fort which existed till recently. The Thekkumkoor army camped here and it was risky for the enemy to attack them. It is said that the King had many close friends in Kallooppara and its surroundings. The Old Nair lord Family at Koipuram in Eraviperoor was in close touch with the Kings. It was this Nair Lord family who had great influence on the king and inspired him to donate Kallooppara sub-division to Edappally dynasty.

TRACING THE ROOTS TO EDAPPALLY

With the withdrawal of Thekkumkoor kings, Kallooppara came under the Edappally dynasty, which is also known as Elangalloor Swaroopam. The Edappally dynasty has the history of the elevation of a temple priest to the royal position of a King. The founder of the Edappally dynasty was a priest of Thrikkakara temple according to the historical evidence and proverbs.

Master craftsmen belonging to the the Viswakarma clan were brought to Kallooppara from Edappally, and hamlets of the then Thirukochi, now known as Kochi, for parting their craftsmanship in the construction of temples like Kallooppara Devi Kshethram, Thelliyoorkavu, Porittikavu and 'The legendary Kallooppara Valiyapally' (St Mary's Orthodox Church, Kallooppara).

Though the Christians devotees of Kallooppara claim their roots to the first century, history dates their arrival and settlement at Kallooppara only from the 9th century onwards. Most of them migrated from Christian centers like Kuravilangad, Vaikom, Kadambanad etc.