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Diocese of Kanjirapally

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Diocese of Kanjirapally
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In a land area of 1, 980 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers rural and mountainous regions in the civil districts of Kottayam, Iudkki and Pathanamthitta in the state of Kerala.


The total population of the diocesan territory is 1,425,824 (as per the Census of 2016).

Kanjirapally has been a multi-ethnic and multi religious town. Christians forms the largest community followed by Hindus and Muslims.


Malayalam, English & Tamil are in use in the diocesan territory.


The territory is well connected with roads. The district has daily train services to all major cities of the country. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport which is nearly 70 kilometers from the diocesan headquarters.


The diocesan territory has a pleasant climate. The most important rainy season is during the southwest monsoon which sets in the first week of June and extends up to September. The northeast monsoon extends from the second half of October till November. The temperature in this region is comparatively low considering other parts of Kerala. The maximum temperature in May comes to 34 degrees Celsius.


The economy of Kanjirapally is mainly based on agriculture. Rubber is the main cash crop. Coconuts, coca, pepper, vanilla and coffee are other major cultivations. Major industries are related to the processing of rubber latex and manufacturing of rubber products. The majority of Christians in the diocese are financially well off.


The level of telecommunications infrastructure is high. Almost everyone has a mobile phone. Most of the homes have television, telephone and internet. In rural areas access to internet is limited.


Literacy rate in the diocesan territory is 95.90 percent.


Kottayam district consists of two revenue divisions Kottayam and Palai. There are five taluks in the district and Kanjirapally is one among them.

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