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Koothattukulam is a town and Municipality situated in Muvattupuzha Taluk, towards the South East corner of Ernakulam district in Kerala, South India. The town lies 50km south east of Kochi City, 17 km to the south of Muvattupuzha, and 35 kilometres east of Kottayam , Ernakulam is about 50 km Palai at 26 km and Thodupuzha 23 km from here. town and lies on the M.C. Road. It lies at the junction of three districts: Ernakulam, Kottayam and Idukki. Koothattukulam has a large population of Syrian Christian. It covers an area of 2318.71 hectares.
Vijnan Institute of Science and Technology (VISAT), an engineering college established in the year 2011, is 5 km away from this town. The engineering college is AICTE approved and affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University. This college comes under the Vinjyan Charitable Trust.
Koothattukulam, which had once been a part of Kottayam District, Palakuzha, Thirumarady, Veliyannur and Elanji as the neighbouring Panchayats. The annual income of koothattukulam is about Rs. 20,00,000/-. Most people are engaged in agriculture, farming and trading. The main cash crops are: rubber, paddy, coconut, areca nut, ginger, turmeric, 'kacholam' and pepper.Koothattukulam which today covers an area of 2318.71 hectares lies 17 kms to the south of Muvattupuzha town and 38 kms to the north of Kottayam town via the MC Road which passes through this town.
It is believed that originally this area had been ruled by the four Brahmin families of Athimannu, Kottanadu, Kattimuttam and Pariyaram. Today the Koothattukulam consists of the four distinct territories (locally known as ‘karas’) of Koothattukulam, Vadakara, Paittakulam and Kizhakombu and has a population of about 18,970.There are interesting folklores connected with the current names of each of the territories.One of them relates to a lady who, while digging in an isolated hillock inadvertently hit the head of a sunken idol with her implement. Immediately, blood began to ooze out of the idol’s head and on seeing this the terrified lady took to her heels. This shock and terror upset her balance of mind, driving her ultimately to madness and she spent the rest of her days wandering aimlessly (’koothady’) from place to place. The place thus came to be called as ‘Koothattakalam’ which over a period of time became known as Koothattukulam. The spot where the idol’s blood is believed to have spilt was called Chorakuzhy (’pool of blood’).Prior to the annexation of this area to his kingdom by the Marthandavarma Maharaja of Travancore, the land had been ruled by the kings of Vadakkumkoor. They had a weapons training centre at Oonakkur, and so, this place came to be known as ‘payattukalam’, which is the present-day Paittakkulam.It is believed that some members of the Keezhekkombil family who were experts in domesticating wild elephants came over from Elanji and settled over here, which is why the place came to be known as Kizhakombu.In the beginning of the tenth century, a group of devotees from Vadakara in Malabar set out for the church at Kuravilangad, carrying with them a picture of Yohannan Mamdana. On their way to Kuravilangad, these people rested at a place near aittakulam and on account of this, the area was subsequently known as Vadakara.In his famous book ‘Keralathile Sthalacharithrangal’, the prominent historian and researcher V. V. K. Valath has pointed out that the cultural history of Koothattukulam dates back to the era of Buddhism and Jainism. Koothattukulam, thus, has an illustrious cultural history and the same is reflected in its very name, which suggests that this must have been a land of ‘kooth’ and ‘aattam’. Looking at the forays made by current generation of this place into the arena of art and culture,such a guess is not too far off.Even about 100 years back, establishments like a quasi-judicial court, hospital, sub-registrar’s office, police station, post office, rest house (circuit house), tourist bungalow, Devaswam Board office and an excise inspectorate, all of which normally form part of a District HQs set up, had been established here.From time immemorial, Koothattukulam has been a shining example of religious tolerance and comity.Hindus and Christians live here in complete harmony. Christian churches steeped in the cultural traditions of theBuddhist-Jainist era is a characteristic feature of this place. Though Christians form the majority of the population, there are a number of places of worship belonging to both the religions. The Mahadeva temple at Koothattukulam, the Onamkunnu Kavu, the Shiva temple at Arjunanmala, the Devi temple at Kizhakombu and the St. John’s Syrian Jacobite Church at Vadakara are just a few of the places of worship dating back to several centuries.
- STATE BANK OF TRAVANCORE
- FEDERAL BANK LTD.
- CANARA BANK
- THE CATHOLIC SYRIAN BANK LTD.
- NORTH MALABAR GRAMIN BANK
- SOUTH INDIAN BANK
- ICICI BANK
- FARMERS SERICE CO-OPERATIVE BANK. E.45
- ERNAKULAM DISTRICT CO-OPERATIVE BANK
- GOVT.SERVANTS CO-OPERATIVE BANK LTD.
- MERCHANT'S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD.No E.1181
- THE KERALA STATE FINANCIAL ENTERPRISES LTD.
- YOGAKSHEMAM GROUP
- The Central Kerala Firm
- Muthoot Mini Financiers Pvt Ltd.
- Muthoot Finance Ltd.
- Muthoot Fincorp Ltd.
- Popular Finance
- Kosamattam Finance Pvt Ltd.
- Chemmanur Credits and Investments Limited
- Travancore Chits Pvt.Ltd.
- V Cinema Screen1 A/C[DTS] ,Valiyakulangara Towers,Mc road Koothattukulam,
- V Cinema Screen2 A/C[DTS] ,Valiyakulangara Towers,Mc road Koothattukulam,
- MC Road towards Thiruvananthapuram passing through many important towns in Central Travancore like Kottayam, Changanassery.
- Government transport (KSRTC) bus subdepot is located at Koothattukulam
- Private bus services run into several neighboring towns. Auto rickshaws are commonly used for small distances. Taxis are also available
- The nearest railway station is Kottayam 38 km away
- Nearest airport is at Nedumbaseri 50 km away, known as Cochin International Airport