About the community
Vallavilai.com was started as a simple concept to connect people from the village of Vallavilai who were spread across the globe. It started as a simple website in the year 2005 and grew into a community development platform with the help of its members. In 2011, Vallavilai.com members created the Vallavilai Coastal Village Development Society (VACOVIDS) to help coordinate various initiatives for the community. One such initiative is the Village Information, Communication, Knowledge and Services Center (VICKS), which is serving the community by providing various computer related services.
About the village
Vallavilai is located north-west to Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari) and south-east to Trivandrum (capital of Kerala). This place has historical importance since the Portuguese invasion in India. St. Francis Xavier was visiting the coast from Punnalkayal to Kanyakumari in November – December 1544. After had a rich mission experience at the Fishery Coast, St. Francis Xavier entered into the Travancore Kingdom. When St. Xavier planned for a general conversion, he might have come to the Travancore Coast that extended from Kanyakumari to Quilon. Though there was a large population of infidels living outside the coast Francis Xavier tried first to convert the people of the coast. On December 1544, 10000 Mukkuva fishermen living in thirteen villages along the coast and Vallavilai is one among them. Vallavilai plays a vital role in Kollemcode panchayat’s development.
The population mainly is made up of Christians, Hindus and Muslims. But most of the villagers belong to Mukkuvar community, and are Roman Catholics, and involved in fishing. They are specialized in shark catching using traditional methods. They use mechanized boats and long lining for shark hunting and stay at sea up to 30 consecutive days. However, majority of the people use traditional methods and appliances for fishing like Kattumaram, thattumadi (boat seine, is of Spanish origin) and karamadi (seashore seine, is of Portuguese origin).
People of Vallavilai are spread across all continents of the world. They always stand unique in unity and integrity. The development in IT and ITES sector all over the world has made an impact on lives of people of Vallavilai as well. It was felt to have a network to connect all people those who are spread globally so that everyone will stay connected. Students and jobseekers will have access to the employed section. Thus, in 2005, people in Vallavilai has formed a nicely conceptualized website Vallavilai.com to keep the people connected and to increase number of employees in Vallavilai and around.