Shibu Baby John represents Chavara assembly constituency which is part of Kollam Parliamentary constituency. Chavara is known for supporting his veteran father Baby John for decades. In 2001, Shibu Baby John contested in Chavara as RSP candidature and won. However, he came out of RSP and founded Revolutionary Socialist Party (Baby John) in 2005. In 2006, assembly election he lost to N.K. Premachandran of RSP. In the 2011 assembly election he defeated Premachandran by a margin of 6061 votes and joined the UDF cabinet as Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation.
Chavara is approximately 14 km north of Kollam on the Kollam – Alappuzha highway in India. Tonnes of mineral sand, mainly titanium, are exported from Chavara to various countries. The Kovilthottam port is situated within the limits of Chavara Panchayat. Kovilthottam is a strip of land (approx. 100 mts. in width) sandwiched in between Chavara T.S. canal and Arabian sea. It is also a tourist spot and pilgrim centre. St. Andrews church, beach and lighthouse are major attractions.
Chavara panchayat has some industrial establishments, including Indian Rare Earths (IRE), Kerala Mineral and Metal Limited (KMML), and Titanium Complex at Chavara. The new ISRO project for manufacturing Titanium sponge is being undertaken at KMML. Chavara is a place of great personalities also. The great poet and film lyricist ONV Kurup and newly noted poet Charles J.D also belong to Chavara. Major tourists spots of Chavara are: St. Andrews church, Kovilthottam; Kovilthottam light house and beach; Ashtamudi lake resorts; sinking islands in Ashtamudi lake.
Kerala Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Jalanidhi) has started a Project Office at Nallezhathumukku, Chavara (by the NH 47) to co-ordinate implementation of a World Bank aided drinking water project for Chavara and Panmana Grama Panchayats with people’s participation. Probably, this is the biggest water supply project in the whole of Asia, having an estimated cost of rupees 35 crores.
The only government college in Kollam belongs to Chavara, Sankaramangalam. The famous Kottamkulangara temple where “Chamayavilakk” is held belongs to Chavara.
Baby John Memorial Govt. College, Chavara
MSN Institute of Management and Technology (1)
Govt. Higher Secondary School, Chavara
Prof. Sambasivan Prof. ONV Kurup and more individuals are completed their school time in this school. ONV wrote a poem regarding his memory related to this school.
Lourde Mata Higher Secondary School, LMEMHSS Kovilthottam (2)
Kottamkulangara Govt. VHSE
Aiyyankoickal Govt. HSS