Kazhakoottam

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Kazhakoottam
Kazhakoottam
neighbourhood
Aerial View of the Kazhakoottam area with the Technopark Phase I campus (1998)
Aerial View of the Kazhakoottam area with the Technopark Phase I campus (1998)
Kazhakoottam is located in Kerala
Kazhakoottam
Kazhakoottam
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°33′56″N 76°52′29″E / 8.56556°N 76.87472°E / 8.56556; 76.87472Coordinates: 8°33′56″N 76°52′29″E / 8.56556°N 76.87472°E / 8.56556; 76.87472
Country  India
State Kerala
District Thiruvananthapuram
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 695582
Telephone code +91-471
Vehicle registration KL- 22
Lok Sabha constituency Trivandrum

Kazhakoottam (Malayalam: കഴക്കൂട്ടം) is a locality in Thiruvananthapuram city, the capital of Kerala, India. It is located on the National Highway 47 on the way to Kollam from the city, and has gained in significance because of proximity to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, and, Technopark. The Sainik School, Kazhakootam, is also situated in this area. Kazhakoottam is a ward under the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation.Kinfra film and video park is also located in kazhakuttom which is one of the finest video park in India. Jyothis Central School,an ISO 9001-2008 certified CBSE School is located at Kazhakuttom.[1]

History[edit]

Kazhakoottam was the centre of power for Kazhakoottathu Ugran Pillai[citation needed], the prominent one among the Ettuveetil Pillamar (Pillais from Eight Houses) who rebelled against the Travancore king Marthandavarma in the late 18th century. After defeating Pillai, Marthanda Varma destroyed Kazhakoottam Pillai's palace. He also dug a pond in place of the palace. To redeem himself, he built a temple to Krishna nearby. Both the pond and the temple exist, even now.The Mahadeva Temple in Kazhakoottam is believed[by whom?] to be around 1000 years old.

Technopark campus in Kazhakoottam

A Sainik School, which is a military residential school, was set up in Kazhakoottam in the early 1960s by the Government of India. In the early 1980s, Kazhakoottam was selected as one of the ends of the bypass to be constructed to the NH47. By the end of the 1980s, the construction on the Technopark began here. By the late 1990s, Kazhakoottam was growing and merging with the nearby Trivandrum city. In 2000, the expanding Trivandrum Municipal Corporation expanded to the border of Kazhakoottam Panchayat. The northern section of Trivandrum - Neyyattinkara combined bypass was opened to the public. In 2005, there was further acquisition of agricultural land for expansion of Technopark and also for the new venture Technocity, that is planned to come up around 4 km north of Kazhakoottam. There is also KINFRA film and video park near sainkaschool where you can find DCSMAT media school, PRASAD film lab, VISMAYAMAX etc. Jyothis Central School, a new generation CBSE School is located at Kazhakuttom. Post Independence, Kazhakoottam got its first boost with ISRO setting up its space center, VSSC nearby, that set up its residential area barely 3 km from here.

Transport[edit]

Kazhakootam is well connected by road and rail .

Road[edit]

NH47 which connects to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam passes through Kazhakootam.Also Thiruvananthapuram Bypass road towards Kovalam starts from Kazhakootam. From Vetturoad, Kazhakuttom Main Central road can be accessed via a bypass road which connects to Venjarammoodu.

Rail[edit]

Kazhakootam railway station (KZK) is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Kazhakootam.Kochuveli (KCVL) is around 8 km south of Kazhakoottam, and can be accessed through the Bypass to the National Highway.

Air[edit]

Trivandrum International Airport is 15 km south of Kazhakuttom.

Religion[edit]

The population in Kazhakootam practices Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.Kazhakuttom Pillamar which was a famous royal family ruled kazhakuttom. Kazhakuttom is also famous for its agraharam and Mahadeva temple which is 1000 years old .

List of Temples
  • Mahadeva Temple, Kazhakootam
  • Amman Kovil
  • Ayyapan Kovil,Kazhakuttom
  • Krishnan Kovil
  • Kudavoor Devi Temple
  • Kottayathu Kavu
  • Padiykavilakom Devi Temple
  • Pillaveedu Sree Bhadrakaali Temple, Vetturoad
  • Mutharamman Temple, Vetturoad
List of Churches
  • St Mary's and St Jude Orthodox Syrian Church
  • St Joseph's Catholic Church
  • C.S.I Church, Ambalathinkara
  • Bethel Marthoma Church, Chanthavila.
List of Mosques
  • Kabaradi Muslim Juma Masjid

Places to Visit[edit]

Beaches
  • Menamkulam Beac
  • St.Andrews Beach
  • Veli Beach

Politics[edit]

Kazhakuttam assembly constituency is part of Trivandrum (Lok Sabha constituency).In Kerala state Legislative assembly kazhakootam is represented by M.A Wahid from Congress.[2]

State Government Offices[edit]

  • Kazhakootam, Sub Registrar's Office

References[edit]