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Palai , Kottayam has a place of honor on the cultural map of Kerala. The culture of Kottayam is influenced mainly by the large presence of the Syrian Christian community. The cuisine of Kottayam is the same as rest of Kerala, but with a distinct Syrian Christian influence seen in the use of cocunut and spices, as well as beef, pork and sea food Keralite Cuisine.

Margamkali and Arjuna Nritham are popular dance forms. Margamkali and martial arts like Parichamuttukali, are popular among the Syrian Christian community. It is performed by men and women separately. In the past, it was performed during Syrian Christian weddings. Arjuna Nritham, also known as Mayilpeeli Thookkam is a popular dance form performed by men. Besides these, other South Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattom, and Kuchipudi and classical Carnatic music are also practiced by a large number of young people.

Though the population is diverse, Pala is considered as an important hub of Roman Catholics Syrian Christians in India. Pala is en-route the tourist resort at Vagamon.The palaites are considered to be very hard working. Many from meenachil Taluk has migrated to high ranges and Malabar region of kerala. They have proved their worth by turning the forest lands to highyielding farms. The Syrian Christians catholics of Pala and Kottayam district are generally called ACHAYANS.

They work hard during the day and spends the evening having some toddy.This has been the custom here. But nowadays they beverage corporation provides them what they want.
Varthamana Pusthakam (1778), written by Paremmakkal Thoma Kathanar, on a travel to Rome, is the first travelogue in Malayalam. Meenachil taluk, of which Pala is teh headquarters has produced people with notable contribution in many fields.
 

 



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