Land Ceiling Area
The Kerala Land Reforms Act of 1963, extends to the whole of the state of kerala and it was passed in 1963.The important land tenures prevailing in the district before the enactment of the Kerala Land Reforms Act,1963 ,were jenmam Inam, Anubhogam , Adima Kanam, Kanam- kuzhikanam, kuzhikanam Customary, Verumpattam, kudiyiruppu,Separate kudiyiruppu, cultivating verumpattam,Ulkudi,Protected Ulkudi etc.The Land Reforms Act and its subsequent amendments helped the tenants to become owners of tenancy land. the implementation of ceiling on holding and distribution of surplus land came in to force from early 1970. 

As per the Kerala Land Reforms Act of 1963, the ceiling area of land shall be measured in the following way.

a In the case of an adult unmarried person or a family consisting of a sole surviving member ,five standard acres, so however that ceiling area shall not be less than six and more than seven and a half acres in extent;

b In the case of a family consisting of two or more ,but no more than five members , ten standard acres , so however that the ceiling area shall not be less than twelve and more than fifteen acres in extent;

c In the case of family consisting of more than five members ,ten standard acres increased by one standard acre for each member in excess of five , so however that the ceiling area shall not be less than twelve and more than twenty acres in extent; and

d In the case of any other person ,other than a joint family, ten standard acres ,so however that the ceiling area shall not be less than twelve and more than fifteen acres in extent .

Measurement of Standard acre pertaining to Thiruvananthapuram district

Class of land Standard Acre
1 Garden land

a, Land used principally for growing coconut trees 1.00

b, Land used principally for growing areca nut trees 0.50

c, Land used principally for growing pepper vines 1.50
2 Dry land principally cultivated with cashew 2.00
3 Other dry land 2.50
4 Palliyal land 4.00