|Elevation||26 m (85 ft)|
|• Total||69,467 (municipality)
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Neyyattinkara is a prominent town in Thiruvananthapuram district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a suburb of the extended metropolitan region of Thiruvananthapuram city. The name 'Neyyattinkara' in Malayalam literally means the shore (kara) of Neyyar River. Neyyar River flows from Agasthyarkoodam, the highest peak (1868m above MSL) in southern end of the Western Ghats.
The municipality of Neyyattinkara is the major town on the banks of Neyyar River. Neyyattinkara lies 18 km to the south of Thiruvananthapuram city on the National Highway 47 to Kanyakumari. The rapidly growing Thiruvananthapuram city has almost reached its outskirts. The town is mostly residential, with lots of service sector establishments. It's also the headquarters of Neyyattinkara Taluk.
Cave pictures, probably by Neolithic people, are found in Pandavanpara, located in the North east side of Neyyattinkara towards Kattakkada route. The name of this portion of land, before Marthanda Varma became the ruler of Travancore, was 'Thenganad'.
The megaliths recently unearthed at Vizhinjam shows a splendorous display of craftsmanship that was prevalent in the region from the Middle Eras. Studies are going on to ascertain the ancient history of this region.
Times of Travancore Dynasty
Sree Krishna Swami Temple in the town-centre stands as a rare example of merger between legend and reality. According to the legend it was here the Travancore king Marthanda Varma once hid inside the hollow trunk of a jack fruit tree to escape from his enemies during his war against the 'ettuveetil pillamar' (the eight nair chieftains). The King prayed to Lord Krishna for helping him as he was being surrounded by the enemies. At that time, a mysterious child asked the King to get in a large tree. The jack tree popularly called 'Ammachiplavu' could still be seen preserved in the Shri Krishna Swamy Temple in the heart of the town. This temple was built by Marthanda Varma in the year 1755, as a thanksgiving to the Lord Krishna, who helped him to win the ordeal.
Neyyattinkara is the birthplace of renowned revolutionaries like Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai, Athazhamangalam VeeraRaghavan who fought for Indian independence and against the dictatorial rule of Travancore Diwans. The renowned martyr Veera Veluthampi Dalawa who fought against the British rule in India was born and brought up at Thalakkulam near Neyyattinkara. Neyyattinkara is the land of many uprisings against British rule in India. The brutal crackdown by British military resulted in death of many freedom fighters including Veeraraghavan. A monument reminding the new generations of these struggles could be seen in the heart of the town, in front of the Town Police Station.
Neyyattinkara is located at  It has an average elevation of 26 metres (85 feet)..
The town is situated on the Neyyar River, one of the principal rivers in the district. The river flows on the south-western parts of the town. Water Supply for the town and the adjacent regions is obtained from this river, from a bund made near the Krishna Temple.
Topography of the town is rather uneven, with higher areas in the downtown. Nearby the town is the hillock at Aruvippuram. The Western Ghats form a scenic backdrop to the town. The town is sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. The nearby sea shore is just 10 km. away to the West, and a seven kilometers to the East can take you to the mammoth hillocks of Sahyadri.
The geology is said to be typical of the Kerala soil - the Laterite and Red soil. The town can still boast of a good green cover over the residential and the office areas.
According to Census 2001, the town population of Neyyattinkara is 69,467, which grades it under Class-II town. Most of the urban population lies within the municipality area which is densely occupied. There is often an inflow of people into the town and nearby areas, for the ease of access to a plethora of institutions, which provide various services. Convent Road is one of the most densely occupied regions in the town, with a number of educational institutions like St.Thereses' Convent, Sree Vidyaadhiraja HSS, and a lot more. Out pockets of the town include Vazhuthoor, Perumpazhuthoor, Amaravila, Aralummood, etc.
Eminent personalities from Neyyattinkara
Apart from Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai, the legendary journalist of all times, two eminent and famous Karnatic musicians, Neyyattinkara M.K.Mohanachandran and Neyyattinkara Vasudevan were born in this historic town. Famous cricketer Abhishek Nayar's family is from Neyyattinkara. Gandhian and social reformer G Ramachandran was also born in Neyyattinkara. 
List of Hospitals
The town has seen an upsurge of many quality medical institutions providing medical care at affordable rates. But the Govt. District Hospital still remains the major help-hand for the majority of the people. Increasing dependency on the private hospitals is also seen. But highly critical cases are often referred to the Trivandrum Medical College.
Establishment of many private hospitals like NIMS have improved the quality of health care very much. NIMS Medicity(as the proprieters say) is hailed to be the largest heart and liver care foundation in the whole of South Kerala. Thus, the town is emerging to be a major centre of health care in the region. It has seen an influx of people from far-flung areas of the state as well as nearby Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu.
The main hospitals in the town are:
- Neyyattinkara Government District Hospital- Near Town Railway Station
- NIMS Medicity- Aralummoodu
- Rollands Hospital- Pathamkallu
- Venad scans & laboratory near District Hospital Neyyattinkara
- SMCSI Medical College- Karakkonam
- Taluk Homoeo Hospital - Cape Road
There is a Dental College associated with NIMS too.
The town has a number of secondary, and higher secondary educational institutions, plus a number of Polytechnics, and Engineering Colleges in the vicinity. The Govt. HSS in the town is one of the oldest schools in the entire state. It was established long before in the 1890s. It has churned out a number of proficient people, who have excelled in every field.
The important schools and colleges are as below:
- Government Higher Secondary School, Near Govt. Hospital Jn
- Government Girls' Higher Secondary School, Govt. Hospital Road
- VTM NSS college, Dhanuvachapuram, 5 km from Town
- University Institute of Technology, Neyyattinkara Centre, Aralummoodu P O, 3 K.m. from Town
- Sree Vidyadhiraja Vidya Nilayam Higher Secondary School, Convent Road
- St.Theresa's Convent Girls' Higher Secondary School, Convent Road
- LMS HSS Amaravila, Near Amaravila Church
- M.V Higher Secondary School, Arumanoor
- Dr.G.R Public School, Ooruttukaala
- Government High School, Perumpazhuthoor - 3 km from Town
- Government Higher Secondary School - Marayamuttom in Perumkadavila Panchayat
- Government Poly Technic, Perumpazhuthoor - 3 km from Town
- Leo XIII Higher Secondary School, Pulluvila
- New Higher Secondary School, Nellimoodu
- St.Chrysostom's G.H.S.S Nellimoodu
- Vishwabharathy Public School, Kanyakumari Road
- PKS Higher Secondary School, Kanjiramkulam,established in 1903
- Government High School, Kanjiramkulam
- Government High School, Anavoor
- Government Higher Secondary School Keezharoor
- St.Helen's Girls' Higher Secondary School, Lourdupuram
- K N M Govt. Arts & Science College, Kanjiramkulam
Neyyattinkara taluk includes 4 assembly constituencies (Kattakada,Neyyattinkara,Parassala,Kovalam) in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. In early 2012, Neyyattinkara constituency attracted state-wide attention, as it witnessed a much fiercely contested by-elections that Kerala Politics have ever seen caused by the resignation of the incumbent MLA R.Selvaraj. The tri-cornered contest was between O.Rajagopal of BJP, F.Lawrence of CPI(M) and Selvaraj(Now, of INC), with Selvaraj emerging as the winner finally.
Kattakada MLA: N.Sakthan, (Indian National Congress party, Deputy Speaker)
Parassala MLA: A.T.George, (Indian National Congress party)
Kovalam MLA: Jameela Prakasam, (Janata Dal (Secular))
The major factory in the town is the Kerala Automobiles Limited (KAL) at Aralummoodu. It builds three wheelers, especially suited for cargo transport. It is a much sought after brand in the developing ASEAN nations for good quality three-wheelers.
Neyyattinkara and the neighbouring areas has many cottage industries and handloom. The Balaramapuram Handloom Industry is known worldwide for its fine hosiery. There is a major handloom cloth manufacturing unit at Manchavilakam near Neyyattinkara.
The town of Neyyattinkara is well connected to the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, 20 km away, through regular bus services operated by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. Neyyattinkara KSRTC Bus Depot is the largest in the taluk and operates a wide array of services. These also include long-distance services to Guruvayoor, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Chakkulath Kaavu, Ernakulam, Kanniyakumari, etc. A/C Low Floor buses frequently ply along the Neyyattinkara-East Fort-Medical College-Kazhakkuttam route.
The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (25 km).
Neyyattinkara Railway Station is located on the Mangalore- Trivandrum - Kanyakumari Railway line. Neyyattinkar railway station code is 'NYY'. Most of the express trains and all the passenger trains on this route stops at the station. The town is hence connected throughout major cities in India, including Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Mangalore, Pune, etc.
The Trivandrum Central railway station is about (20 km) from the town.
There have been a number of eateries in and around the town, most serving fast food, or vegetarian food. Recent times have seen new outlets springing up, attributed to the more rich, and spending middle class. These include Silver Dew Three-Star Restaurant, Vismaya Restaurant, etc.
The establishment of big malls in Trivandrum City have had almost no influence on the town dwellers. Lots of shops serving almost all good are available in the town itself. A Mall Culture, by itself is absent. Though, there is an Akshaya Shopping Complex, which houses many textiles, utility stores and banks. This complex is owned by the Municipality Authorities.
- Neyyattinkara Sree Krishna Swami Temple
- Upper cloth revolt
- Neyyattinkara Railway Station
- Municipalities of Kerala
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Neyyattinkara.|
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Neyyattinkara
- "G. Ramachandran (social reformer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies". Kerala. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
- Kerala Automobiles Ltd