Ittiavirah XVII Kallivayalil

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About Ittiavirah XVII Kallivayalil

Ittyavira and Punnoose put up church in Vilakumadom in the name of St. John Nepomacene. Later on, by the time more people came to settle down in the area, they themselves took the initiative in building a bigger sturdier church with a very high bell tower. Afterwards the new church was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier.

Among other notable achievements of Ittyavira Valiappan, was the success of his venturesome land improvement schemes. The Ponnozhukum Thodu originally ran through the middle of the paddy lands. He managed to cut out a new bed for the river to flow along one of the fields to consolidate the area for more irrigation purposes. A number of Chira mukhams also were made along the river to make temporary dams to supply water to the fields durind dry spells. Besides, he acquired more lands for the family and pioneered several agricultural innovations. In all these, his brother Punnoose also was deeply involved.

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