Kodimunai is a beautiful village guard by St. Barthalomeo which has a population of around 6,350 peoples. This consists of around 1,550 families. The majoriy of the villagers are from "Mukkuvas" community. It is believed that in December 1544, over ten thousand fishermen, living on the sea coast from Poovar to Pallam were baptized by one of the greatest missionaries of modern times, St Francis Xavier and Kodimunai was part of this conversion. To make the people of this village to interact together, a community was formed, which was named as “Muzhuvalarchi Sangam”. Few years later considering the advice of Kottar Bishop, Fr. Edwin on 1978-79 started a new community named “Anbiyam”. It's very proud to say that Kodimunai was the first to start “Anbiyam” in India. At present there are about 35 Anbiyams in Kodimunai. The representatives in each Anbiyam and the Parish Priest leads the village towards development. This has lead to a terrific development.
The main occupation of this village is fishing and the livelihood items for the fishermen’s are Boat, Vallam and Catamaran. A big rock is present in the sea which is nearly 150 mts far from the villages. This rock protects the village from all natural calamities and stands as a natural boon. Moreover St. Antony’s Chappell situated at the rock gives lots of confidence and courage to the fishermen who goes to the deep sea. During Christmas and Ash Wednesday all the people of this village irrespective of men or women will have a holy bath in the sea.
At December 26th 2004, Tsunami (which terrified the whole world) attack Kodimunai too. 224 houses were destroyed and people were left helpless. At that time “Caritas Schweiz” a NGO Organization came forward and provided food and shelter. It also provide houses for those who lost their homes and it was named as “Friends Colony”. All credits go to “Caritas Schweiz” which did Relief and Rehabilitation to Kodimunai. Aftermath of Tsunami is still visible in this village, large area of destroyed house are still present near the sea shore. To save this village for another similar kind of distruction, the Tamilnadu government has dumped huge rocks in the sea shore and due to this the beauty of the sea shore is lost! One advantange now would be that the villagers can walk up to the Rocks which were once reached by Kattumaram.
Kodimunai has a government school, which provides education till 10th standard (Tamilnadu State Board). Kodimunai also has a dedicated post office and a Library.
There is ‘Lurdu Annai’s’ kebi, where all the people will go together to celebrate the occasion ‘Lurdu Annai’s festival’ every year.
-- Reji, Anto, Loyola
Below is the list of Neighbouring Villages
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