Thovalai is a small village
located in Kanyakumari
Nadu, is famous for flowers.
The flower market
situated at this village is exporting all varieties of flowers to
The peculiar variety of Jasmine flower called locally as 'Pichchi
Vellai' or 'Pichchip poo' is a rarity with unique smell. It is some
what similar to 'Jaathi Malligai' grown else where, but is white in
color as well.
The Subramania Temple
, which is
situated atop a small hillock is worth a place to visit. The
western and eastern ghats extend through the village. The view of
the "WIND FARMS" located in muppanthal from the murugan temple is
quite a nice one to see.
from surrounding villages, like Chenbagaraman puthoor, Kannan
puthoor, Aralvaimozhi, viswanatha puram, have switched over to cultivate
flowers from paddy as they face inconsistent seasonal
The village people are quite active throughout the day with the
flower business. Especially, the ladies at home are employed in
this work and earn substantial amount of money. This increases the
economy of the whole family and also the confidence level of the
women to survive in the society.
Government is planning to set up a floriculture research station at
Thovalai for the benefit of farmers raising flower crops in and
around Kanyakumari district. Flower producers were being put to
untold hardship as they could not preserve their produce at
Thovalai. So the officials decided to set up a
floriculture research station with cold storage facility to help
the farmers to sell their produce for a better price.This facility
will uplift the socio-economic status of farmers in these pockets,
particularly Thovalai, who were exporting flowers to other
countries through Thiruvananthapuram. Thovalai
for its jasmine, `pichi' and `Sevvanthi' flowers. Jasmine farmers
have been demanding the government to establish a perfume unit in
also an engineering college in Thovalai, named CSI Institute of
Technology, affiliated to Anna University.
A small river (Channel) is running via thovalai, which originates
from "Pechipaarai Dam". The water is used for agricultural purpose
and also for domestic use.
There is also a railway station where the passenger trains stop.
Frequent road transportations are also there, as the village
located in the highway running between "Nagercoil" and
is the most celebrated public function of
the Thovalai and the surrounding villages. Lot of crackers are
burst at that time. Especially the one those that are rocketed into
the sky and bursting into different colors are too good to watch
and enjoy.Lots of peoples from nearby villages will come to watch
that celebrations. Lord Murugan temple situated in Chackirigiri
hill is a popular worship place.
- Villisai Vendan V.K. Sundaram Pillai
- Nathaswara Vidhwan Kumaresa Kambar
- Flower artist Presidential award winner Madasamy
- Volleyball player P. Krishnar Pillai
- Mr. Minister Thalavai Sundaram
- K.MuthuSwamy, Retired Chief Educational Officer