If you look around the world, there are numerous places with bizarre happenings that even science cannot explain. Even though science has developed itself rapidly, there are still some incidents which cannot be answered by science. One such place is India’s Kodinhi village, which lies in the state of Kerala.
What makes this village the center of the discussion is the fact that the village has at least four hundred pairs of twins. Apart from that, there is nothing exceptional about this small village which is home to about 2,000 families. Doctors are baffled and are flocking to this village in groups to unravel the riddle. Unfortunately, they all had to return bare hands without any answer.
India’s Twin Village
If one looks at the global level, India is considered to be a country with the lowest tally of twins. On average, only 9 pairs of twins can be found among 1,000 newborns. However, Kodinhi is the only village of India where the birth rate is 45 pairs of twins per 1,000 birth. Now you ask, what’s the reason behind it? Well, there is no scientific explanation for this yet.
A doctor named Krishnan Sribiju said that in most cases, the mothers of the pair of twins are over 5 feet and 3 inches. It has been observed that twins are born to mature women. Also, in the Kodinhi village, it has been a rule that women marry quite early and begin the family planning quickly after that. Plus, the village women are around 5 feet tall, which reduces the possibility.
Now you must be thinking when all the odds are against it, how can the village defy the general norm?
Some possible explanations
Doctors have come up with some possible explanation which speaks about the diet of Kodinhi people. Though there’s not anything extraordinary in the water they use or the food supplies, there must be some alternation which led to this, right?
All Dr. Sribiju could figure out was that this biological marvel started around 60 or 70 years back. Figuring out what exactly happened back then isn’t an easy task. However, a survey has revealed that women who moved into this village after marriage also demonstrated a high percentage of a twin birth. This also applies the same for women who moved out of the village after marriage.
Studies are being conducted at the village regularly to find a reliable justification for this phenomenon. It seems no matter how hard scientists try, there are some wonders of nature that can never be answered by science.
Is this genetic?
To find out whether this is genetic, a study was conducted in the year 2016 at Kodinhi. As there were similar communities like Kodinhi in Nigeria, Brazil, and Vietnam, the team of researchers decided to compare some particular genetic factors. The intention was to find out whether there’s any similarity between these communities.
Dr. Thirumalaswami Velavan, a researcher, clarified that they could not find any genetic link between these communities. Therefore, the real reason behind this unusual occurrence yet remains a mystery to science. For now, scientists do not have a justified reason. Though it remains a mystery until now, scientists are still trying to unravel it.
Currently, the village people are enjoying the attention and fame they’re getting for residing in a mysterious village. Twins and Kin Association (TAKA) was established by the citizens of Kodinhi to work towards the growth and development of twins of the village. As everyone knows, raising twins can take a toll on the family budget. Not to forget the physical stress that the mother has to bear. Therefore, TAKA aims to support and educate the villagers regarding the same.
How to Reach?
If you want to enjoy the lush greenery while you’re on your way to the mysterious village, you can take a bus. Buses flock to the village regularly at a reasonable price. Other than that, you can also take a taxi or cab if you want. Also, you won’t have to worry about the road as it is in very good condition.
Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode would be the nearest railway station to Kodinhi. Being just 33 km distant, one can take a bus or hire a cab to reach the destination.
Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport is the nearest one. Once you reach the Calicut International Airport, you can cover the rest 40 km by hiring a cab from there.
So, if you ever happen to be in Kerala, do not miss out on witnessing this miraculous place, which has left doctors from all across the country astounded. Since it has got so much more than just being a mysterious twin village, this place is perfect for a family vacation.