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Manikkadave also written as Manikkadavu is a southern Indian village, situated in the eastern part of Kannur district in Kerala state. Manikkadave is located 20.43 km east of the town Iritty, and is 61.79 km north-east of the district capital [Kannur]]. It is between the towns/villages of Ulikkal, Payyavoor, and Kanjirakolli. The village is situated about 538 km north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
Manikkadave is a typical Kerala village, which has a mixture of features of both midland countryside and the Malanad hill area, enveloped in greenery with a clean and unpolluted atmosphere. Manikkadave town is medium- sized at about three thousand feet above sea level. The place is known for its agriculture and landscape. It is full of hills and valleys in the middle of which flows the Manikkadave river .
The original inhabitants of the land were Karimpalas .Large scale migration from Travancore started in Manikkadave from 1948.Today majority of the population are these migrants Syrian Christians (Syro-Malabar Catholic) .There is a small colony of Karimpalas near Alavikunnu .It has resemblance to a tropical rain-forest area with all kinds of trees like teak and jackfruit are found in the Western Ghats region growing profusely besides coconut, rubber, arecanut, and other crops. Most of the people are farmers and they cultivate rubber,ginger,turmeric, pepper, cashew and other spices. Considerable variety of medicinal plants also grow in Manikkadave which have been used in making the traditional home remedies.
Manikkadave is a rural but modern village with a predominantly hilly topography. It has a dominant village culture, with celebrating the annual festivals, feasts in church etc. Kerala's own culture exists here in vibrant form. There is only a moderate level of political activity, Indian National Congress and communist party of India are the dominant parties and there is no social divisions over politics. People at Manikkadave are educated and self-employed or employed either in government, private or abroad. This place is blessed different kind of educational institution . St. Thomas Higher secondary School, now more than six decades old has played a vital role in providing education to the people of Manikkadave . Compared to other near by villages, the infrastructure is also better.
St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
St Thomas Higher Secondary School