A Crying Boy. 1955 Photo. N G Nair Kerala travel 2010. Ever since my early childhood days in Vaikom Kottayam Dist. Kerala (where I grew up in a rural village) called thottakom I had been fascinated by the monsoon rains. Born as the son of teacher at Thottakom Vaikom, Kottayam District. Kerala State. Mountain ranges in Kerala consisting of the highland area of the Western Ghats.
Vaikom is a taluk and also its capital town, situated in the North-West of Kottayam in Kerala, India. Its western border is bounded by the Lake Vembanad, and is crossed by various distributaries of the River Muvattupuzha. It lies between Ernakulam and Kottayam. Vaikom is the oldest township in Kottayam, and among the oldest in South India.
Vaikom is populated by people from all communities, including Ambalavasis, Arayans, Christians, Dheevaras,Ezhavas, Iyers, Muslims, Nairs, Namboodiris, Gowda Saraswat Brahmins and Varmas. As of 2001 India census, Vaikom had a population of 22,637. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Vaikom has an average literacy rate of 86%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 88%, and female literacy is 84%. In Vaikom, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The Vaikom Shiva Temple, known as Thekkan Kashi [Southern Kashi], is the heart of the town, and is remarkable for the Vaikom Ashtami celebrations during November. It is notable as the venue of the Vaikom Agitation for achieving for the lower castes the right to walk on the roads surrounding the temple.
Vaikom is administered by a Municipality; P. K. Hari Kumar of the CPI(M) is the current chairman of the municipal administration. Vaikom is the seat of a Munsiff's court (among the oldest to be established in the Kingdom of Travancore). Vaikom assembly constituency is reserved for Dalits and is part of Kottayam parliamentary constituency