Nazarani Tharavad (Christian Ancestral Home) is the ancestral home of the Kottukapally family. The Kottukapally family’s roots date back 2000 years to the Nampoothiris (Hindu Brahmins) of Kottakavu Illam (Nampoothiri Tharavad) in Paravur who accepted Christ and were baptized by St. Thomas the Apostle in A.D. 52. A millennium later the family reached Meenachil (Pala).

The Kottakavu Nampoothiris had a history of having only girls being born in the family, which continued in Kottukapally family. The husbands of the Kottukapally girls were therefore adopted into the Kottukapally family to perpetuate the family name. The present Kottukapally Tharavad also belonged to a lady whose husband adopted her family name. This tradition has been broken only during the last three generations

      Nazarani Tharavad homestay history
 
Tharavad

The houses have been built, expanded and restored in Kerala, Dutch and Spanish styles. The original tharavad is more than 250 years old and the new Spanish style house about 40 years.

The Kottukapallys are principally Rubber Planters and acquired the first commercial Rubber Plantation in India - Periyar Syndicate (now Periyar Estate), the Teekoy Estate and other sterling plantations at the dawn of Independent India.

The family had been active in Indian politics during and after India’s struggle for independence and was crucial in shaping the destiny of Kerala, particularly the Meenachil Taluk.

 

The present owner John Thomas Kottukapally belongs to the second generation of patriarchal lineage. He, his wife Thressi, children and an extended family live in the houses. His immediate family numbers about 84, including grand nephews and nieces spread all over the world. Both the hosts are keenly involved in various social and spiritual activities locally and internationally including Prison Fellowship International, Jesus Fraternity, Dementia Care.

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