__Chengara is a small village situated in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. It is approximately 10 km from the district headquarters. The village is 140 km from Kochi, and just over 100 km from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, depending on the route taken.
Geography Village has its own beauty.Out of four borders,three borders of Chengara is surrounded by Harrisons malayalam limited (a rubber plantation company). The nearest town to chengara are Konni which is of about 6 km and pathanamthitta which is of about 10 km.
Climate The village enjoys a tropical climate, the monsoons start in June. The months of April–May can get humid. The best weather is from October to February. Chengara experiences three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. Typical summer months are from March to May. The warmest month in Chengara is April. Although summer doesn't end until May, the village often experiences heavy thundershowers in May, although the humidity remains high. The monsoon season lasts from June to August, with moderate rainfall. Most of the heavy rainfall in the village falls between June and July, with June being the wettest month of the year
Education G.C.S.L.P school, Chengara is the only school.The school is owned by Chengara Service Co-operative Society Ltd No:3137. It covers a standard of I-V. The nearest higher secondary school is St.George Vocational Higher Secondary School in Attachackal.
Politics Major political parties in Chengara are Congress and CPI (M). Adv. Adoor Prakash (INC) is the present M.L.A of the legislative assembly in Konni which includes Chengara and Anto Antony is the present MP of Pathanamthitta constituency which includes chengara.The present panchayat member of Chengara is Rathnakumari Rajappan of Indian National Congress. Chengara Surendran MP (CPI) is also a native of Chengara. Chengara Surendran (born 31 January 1968) was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Adoor constituency of Kerala and is a member of the Communist Party of India (CPI) political party.
Religion People belonging to various religions are living in harmony.The major religions in Chengara are Christianity and Hindu. Bethel Marthoma Church, St George Orthodox Church, St Patrick's Malankara Catholic Church,Bretheren Assembly and Pentecost Church (IPC) are the churches situated in the village.The temple in the village is Chengara siva parvathi Temple. Bethel Marthoma Church belongs to the Ranni-Nilackal Diocese of Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church
Institutions Various institutions in chengara are
1) Chengara Service Co-operative Society,Ltd no : 3137.
2) G.C.S LP School,Chengara.
3) Jeevan Karunya Sevana Sahaya Sangam (local club for doing welfare activities).
Communication Mobile services from almost all providers are available in the village.The major service providers are Airtel,Idea,Vodafone,Reliance,Tata Docomo etc. The village has a cable network also which provide all malayalam channels and major channels in other languages. The local(cable operator's channel) channels available in the cable network are NCV, Sabari, PTA News etc.
Transportation Both K.S.R.T.C and private buses satisfy the transportation needs of the people in chengara by connecting chengara with the nearby towns. Attachakal-Malayalapuzha road and Attachakal-Kumblampoika road passes through chengara.
Chengara Samaram The village is frequently mentioned in the media due to a land struggle, popularly known as "Chengara Samaram", which is led by Laha Gopalan. Really the land struggle is not taking place in Chengara, but in Harrisons Malayalam Estate more than 3 km away, which is popularly known as Chengara estate. So it got the name "Chengara Samaram". A fact is that it is taking place on the Athumpumkulam border of the Harrisons Malayalam Estate not in the border of Chengara.
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