The 1990s saw a drastic shift of the villagers from farming to other professions. Farming yielded low profits, groundwater levels were severely depleted, and the pH value of the water was considered unsuitable even for drinking purposes.
Situated on the banks of the river Periyar, lies the tiny village of Choornikkara. It is home to 35,000 villagers and surrounded by the three municipalities of Eloor, Aluva and Kalamassery.
Two decades ago, this village was known for its lush green paddy fields like Chavaru Padam (Padam is ‘paddy field’ in Malayalam), Muthiri Padam, Katte Padam, and many more.