Erattupetta

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Erattupetta
town
Erattupetta is located in Kerala
Erattupetta
Erattupetta
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°42′N 76°47′E / 9.7°N 76.78°E / 9.7; 76.78Coordinates: 9°42′N 76°47′E / 9.7°N 76.78°E / 9.7; 76.78
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kottayam
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 29,675
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 686121

Erattupetta is a town in Kottayam district in the state of Kerala, India.It is 38 km east of Kottayam, the district Centre. Erattupetta was known as Erappili and Erappuzha before. The "Eraaru" part in all the variation of the names arose from the geographical location, where the two rivers (aru) merges as single one. Erattupetta is situated in the foothills of High Ranges. It was the commercial capital of the Poonjar principality until 1949. Erattupetta lies in an ancient route from Athirampuzha to Tamil Nadu. Hill produces from the Cardamom hills were brought down by the Muthuvans for trade. Erattupetta's current economy is primarily rubber and scores of large and small estates dot the landscape.Wagamon, a Hill Station lies some 22 km east of Eruttupetta. St.George's Church, also called 'Aruvithura Pally', which is an old famous pilgrimage centre, is situated in the suburbs of Erattupetta. The Church, being at least 1200 years old, is believed to be the oldest Church in eastern Kerala, and is the mother church of the ancient Syrian Christian community of both the Meenachil and the Kanjirapally Taluks. It is believed to be built by an early wave of migrant Christians from Nilackal (Chayal), who settled in the region for trade, commerce and agriculture. Nilackal, located in the Sabarimala hills miles Southeast of Erattupetta, is known to be one of the 7 centers in Kerala, where Saint Thomas founded Christian communities and established Churches. There's also a popular belief that the Aruvithura Church was established by Saint Thomas the apostle himself.


The population is predominantly Syrian Christian, Hindu and Muslim. The Syrian Christians of the region are entirely Catholic, belonging to the Palai diocese of the Syro Malabar Catholic church. They are mainly engaged in farming, particularly of plantation crops such as Rubber, and are evenly spread across the country side surrounding the town. Many aristocratic Catholic Nasrani families of Central Travancore have their origins in Aruvithura, which has been an ancient stronghold of the community. Many such families have also migrated to places around Erattupetta, such as Poonjar, Teekoy etc a century ago, as part of the agrarian expansion in Central Travancore. The Muslims of Erattupetta are known as Tamil Muslims and are believed to have come from Tamil Nadu centuries ago. Such Muslims exist in Thodupuzha and parts of idukki and Pathanamthitta districts as well and they are considered different from Mappila Muslims, the Malayali Muslim community common in the Northern half of Kerala. The Muslims are mostly into trade related occupations.


The Former royal family of Madurai came here in 11th century from Tamil Nadu. This place, which was under the control of the Thekkumkur king, transferred his power to the royal family of Madurai. For the stability of government they greeted sincere and able Muslim Nobles. Their next generation are known by the name as "KHAN". Today, the Khan family is a prominent Muslim family in Erattupetta. 'Lebbas are another Muslim family in Erattupetta and are claimed to be descendants of Shaikh Saeed Bava (a descendant of Ukasha bin Mihsan, a companion of Prophet Muhammed)


Erattupetta can be easily reachable from North kerala via Angamaly-Muvattupuzha-Thodupuzha-Muttom route. It is well connected to Tamil Nadu via Kottayam-Kumali KK Road to Madurai through the nearest town Kanjirappally which is 16 Kilometres from Erattupetta. Many Famous Personalities hails from Erattupetta and nearby. PC Chacko, P C George, NM Joseph, Kerala Varma Raja are current or former political leaders. Social worker 'KS Kochuthampi' (express) also hails from this place.

Geography[edit]

Erattupetta is located at 9°42′N 76°47′E / 9.7°N 76.78°E / 9.7; 76.78.[1] It has an average elevation of 24 metres (78 feet).

Erattupeta town
Town's junction

How to Reach[edit]

  • Thiruvananthapuram - Kilimanoor - Kottarakkara - Adoor - Pathanamthitta - Ranni - Erumeli - Kanjirappally - Chemmalamattam -Erattupetta
  • Kottayam - Ettumanoor - Pala - Erattupetta
  • Kochi/Cochin - Trhippunithura - Poothotta - Thalayolapparambu - Ettumanoor - Pala - Erattupetta
  • trissur/trichur-chalakudy - ankamali - muvattupuzha - thodupuzha - erattupatta

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Erattupetta had a population of 29,675. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Erattupetta has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 76%. In Erattupetta, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age. Syrian Christians, Hindus and Muslims live here peacefully. Rubber is the major item of cultivation and this town is known for its famous church St. George , and the mosque Nainar Juma masjid. It is one of the most fast developing townships in central Kerala.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Erattupetta
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.