|At the tip of India, in the state of Tamil Nadu, lies Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari is one place almost every South Indian will have visited. It was formerly known as Cape Comorin.
The village of Muttom is one village with much significance in Kanyakumari district. Muttom is primarily well-known for being a big village with famous beaches that attract visitors from the entire country. You can see a many people whiling away their time in a leisurely manner while on the beautiful beaches.
A complete functioning harbor is being constructed at Muttom, with work expected to be complete sometime before the end of 2012. The harbor construction work has been ongoing on for 3 years now.
The nearest and next biggest town to Muttom is Nagercoil which is only 16kms away. It is well connected by road to the Nagercoil town. The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport within a distance of 75kms.
Esanthangu, Ammandivillai, Pillaithoppu, Azhikal, Kadiyapattanam and Manavala Kurichi comprise of the nearby villages. In order to reach Muttom, you can take the major roads via Ammandivillai, Esanthangu and Nagercoil. One of Muttom’s major attractions includes the 100-year old lighthouse. Although the lighthouse is 110 feet above sea level, it is quite near to the sea. It offers a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding and is a joy for nature and photography lovers.
A vast majority of the population in the village comprises of Christians (99 percent). Education is given due importance and almost everyone here is educated (at the least school level). Since a majority of the town’s inhabitants are Catholic Christians, a catholic administration has been set up. This administration is headed by the parish priest of the All Saints Church who gets elected in a democratic process.
Jain religion too has its fair share of followers. The Thirunanthikarai Cave Temple is one such example. Being one of the founding stones of the Jain religion, it currently comes under the control of Archeological Survey of India.
Research states that in 1003 AD, King Raja Raja Chola celebrated his birthday here. He then went on to conquer Muttom, and subsequently named the place Mummudi Chola Nalloor as stated in the stone carvings available in the temple. It was then around the eighth century AD when Jainism made its entry here. An ascetic named Veeranandi came from Thirunarunkondai Melappalli and went on to preach Jainism.
The catholic parish priest manages the primary school (St. John’s primary school) and is headed by the senior most teacher as the Headmaster. The Monfort Brothers manage the All Saints Higher Secondary School, a popular high school. This school has long standing records in both sports and academics. Although a developing town, Muttom has a B. Ed college named after Bishop Agneswamy established very recently.
More educational institutions are expected very soon in the coming years. English medium mode of instruction in schools here is very slowly making its entry since Muttom is a small village. As of now, the Model English School provides a quality education to the children of Muttom as well as neighbouring villages.
A tourist to Muttom will definitely not feel moving away from the beautiful and tidy beach at first sight. The beach attains an untouched look as huge rocks are found at either sides of the beach. The beach is a definite pick for ‘places to visit’ as it is not too crowded and makes an excellent spot for them to enjoy its beauty. In addition, you will also come across a children’s park and a Christian retreat centre called the ‘Rock Bible centre’ quite close to the beach.
IN POPULAR CULTURE
Muttom being a beautiful landscape has attracted people from all walks of life. Various films have been shot at this serene location. The most notable movie in recent times is ‘Kungumapoovum Konjupuraavum’.