The story of the Ramapuram family is a tale brewed over a century.
Emmanuel Ramapuram Sr. (Maani Saar)
This story is a noble testimony to the courage and foresight of one man - Emmanuel Ramapuram Sr. - respectfully called Maani Saar (Malayalam for 'Sir'). Born in 1891 in a small town called Pala in Kottayam Dist., Kerala, Emmanuel Ramapuram began his career as a ranger in charge of Coorg and South Canara in the then Madras Presidency of South India.
Surviving miraculously through a severe attack of Malaria at Father Muller's Hospital, Mangalore, he returned was brought back to his hometown Pala where he studied Law and soon, established himself as a fine lawyer with a successful practice. A true patriot, he dared to hoist the Tricolour for the first time in Pala. Later became the founder-president of the Pala Committee of the Indian National Congress, formed under Mahatma Gandhi. He was imprisoned several times in connection with the freedom struggle.
At 34, he returned to Coorg and purchased Chikkanahalli Estate and Kaimakumbatta Estate from Mr Percy Tipping, Managing Director, Consolidated Coffee Estates Ltd. incorporated in Great Britain. He then acquired and developed more plantations in North Kerala and Coorg, thus laying the foundation for the group. He died of cancer at the age of 51 leaving behind, three sons and four daughters.
Thomas E. Ramapuram (Sunny)
After Emmanuel Ramapuram’s untimely demise, his eldest son, Thomas E. Ramapuram (Sunny), took over the family business at the tender age of 21. At the age of 25, he bought Sampigacolly Estate in Coorg and became a significant private holder in Coorg, owning around 1500 acres of prime plantations. He and his two brothers expanded their holdings till 1961, when about 1800 acres of plantations were divided among the three.
He, with his children, acquired and developed another 1000-acre plantation in Udupi District, Karnataka and started an agro-based Industry in Kerala. More than assets, he gave his children training in the correct values and took the utmost care to see that they grew in righteousness and dignity. The value system that he built into the family has served as its foundation, contributing mightily to its standing in society. Thomas E. Ramapuram died at the age of 75 in 1997, leaving behind his wife Thraciamma, seven sons and four daughters.
The Seven Sons
After Thomas E. Ramapuram’s demise, his legacy was taken over by his seven sons. The spiritual guidance of their mother, Thraciamma Ramapuram and the unique value system and bond inculcated by Thomas E Ramapuram ensured that the family grew steadily in business over the last few decades.
The seven brothers made full use of the instructions received from their ancestors, knowledge acquired from academic and social achievements to establish themselves in plantations and diversify into various other businesses verticals including Hospitality - Evolve Back Resorts, Real Estate - Earthitects Private Residences and Consumer Products including Fine Coffees, Gourmet Spices and other Food and Home Products.
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