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Ottapalam Town Bus Stand and main road
Ottapalam Town Bus Stand and main road
Ottapalam is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38Coordinates: 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38
Country  India
State Kerala
District Palakkad
Elevation 54 m (177 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 53,792
 • Official Malayalam, English
 • Spoken Malayalam, English, Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode 679101
Telephone code 0466
Vehicle registration KL-51
Temperature Range: 21.4°C -37 °C

Ottapalam is a town in the Ottapalam taluk in the Palakkad district, state of Kerala, India. It is also the headquarters of the taluk. Situated on the banks of the Bharathappuzha river (also called the Nila or Perar), it has a rich cultural heritage and has played host to many historic events. It is famous as the location for several films. Even though a part of Palakkad district, it has a very different culture as compared to Palakkad, situated 35 km east to Ottapalam. Being headquarters of the taluk, it is one of the municipalities of the district. Chinakathoor Pooram held every year at Chinakathoor Kavu Temple is a famous event. It used to be a major town of Nedunganad and later became part of Valluvanad Taluk during the reign of the Zamorins of Calicut. Ottapalam is connected to India's railway network by[2] Shornur-Palakkad Railway Line. The principal spoken language is Malayalam.


Ottapalam is located at 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38.[3] It has an average elevation of 54 metres (177 feet).


As of 2001 India census,[4] Ottappalam had a population of 49,230. Males constitute 47% of the population and females 53%. It has an average literacy rate of 81%, which is significantly higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy is 84% and female literacy 80%. Nearly 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Ottapalam assembly constituency is part of Palakkad Lok Sabha constituency.[5]


Ottapalam is well connected to a number of major cities in Kerala by road and rail.

It has a major railway station in the Southern Railway network. Most of the major passenger and express trains stop here. It is a major station between Palakkad and Shoranur in the Chennai route and Wadakkanchery in the Kanyakumari/Alapuzha route. There are train services to major cities of Kerala and the rest of India, particularly South India.

The Palakkad-Shoranur (Kulappully) State Highway passes through the town. Government buses as well as private bus services operate between Ottapalam and other major towns such as Thrissur, Palakkad, Mannarkkad,Pattambi]], Guruvayoor, Chelakkara (through the Ottapalam-Mayanur Bridge inaugurated on 22 January 2011).[6]

Calicut International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore Airport are the nearest airports.



  • K.E.M.C.S(Kuttikode English Medium Central School), Kuttikode, Trikkaderi
  • Lakshmi Narayana Vidhya Nikethan, Palappuram
  • A.U.P. School, Kanniampuram, Ottapalam
  • A.U.P. School, Manissery, Ottapalam
  • Swathy central school,Vanniamkulam
  • T.R.K. Higher Secondary School, Vaniyamkulam
  • L.S.N Girls High School, Ottapalam
  • G.H.S.S(Government Higher Secondary School) East Ottapalam, Ottapalam
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ottapalam
  • N.S.S. K.P.T. High School, Ottapalam
  • Mannam Memorial, N.S.S. English Medium High School, Ottapalam
  • Carmel central school, Kulappully
  • St.Pauls, Pattambi
  • Saraswathi vidyaniketan, Pattambi
  • St.Therasas, Shoranur
  • Gandhi seva sadan central school, Pathripala
  • Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School, Pathiripala
  • G.H.S.S Kadambur
  • N.S.S. Vengassery
  • Ottapalam Seventh-day Adventist Higher Secondary School, Kanniampuram
  • Islamic Central School, Ottapalam
  • Lakshmi Narayana Vidya Nikethan(LNVN)
  • Amrita Vidyalayam, Kanniyampuram
  • Bhavans Vidyalaya, Thottakara
  • ALP School, Pookkottukavu
  • GLP School, Thanikunnu
  • AKNMMA Memorial High School, Kattukulam
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Munnurkode
  • Chalavara High School, Chalavara
  • Kayiliyad ALP School, Kayiliyad
  • Vallapuzha High School, Vallapuzha
  • KCM UP School Vallapuzha, Kuruvattoor
  • Orphanage School Vallapuzha, Vallapuzha
  • KPSMM Higher Secondary School, Varode
  • Sree Shankara Oriental High School, Vayanasala (Sanskrit school)
  • Nanu Nair Smaraka kalakendram, Kuruvattor (kathakali school)]
  • UP School, Mannanur
  • Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Cherpalchery
  • Kuttikode English Medium School
  • Padinharkkara Junior Basic School Palappuram, Ottapalam
  • Ananganadi High School, Ananganadi
  • Government High School, Nellikurussi
  • A.V.M High School, Chunangad
  • T.M.U.P. School, Panayur, Vaniyamkulam
  • Technical High School, Kulapulli
  • Government Harijan Welfare L.P School Pilathra Chunangad
  • S.D.V.M.A.L.P.School Plathra chunangad
  • M.S.V.M.U.P.School chunangad
  • Mount Seena Group of Educational Institutions, Pathiripala


  • Al Ameen Engineering College, Kulappully
  • Allied Management College, Manissery
  • Allied Model College, Manissery
  • Chealchery Charitable Trust College, Cherpalchery
  • Co-Operative College, Ottappalam
  • Seventh-Day Adventist college of Nursing, Kanniyapuram Ottapalam
  • Jawaharlal College of Engineering and Technology, Lakkidi
  • Lakshmi Narayana College, Palappuram
  • Lakshmi Narayana Women's College, Ottapalam
  • Markaz Oriental College, Pulinchode
  • N. S. S. College, Palappuram
  • N. S. S. Training College, Ottapalam
  • RMCC Professional College
  • S.N College, Kulappully
  • Sree Dharmasasta College (Girls), Cherpalchery
  • Vivekananda College, Ottapalam
  • Vishnu ayurveda college, Kulapully
  • P.K Das Institute of Medical Sciences
  • KTN college of Pharmacy, Chalavara

Technical institutes[edit]

  • S.V.I.T.C. Ottapalm
  • Khairath I T C Pazhaya Lakkaidi
  • Neosystems Ottapalm : Providing support on IT


Ottapalam Eye care Hospital
Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ottapalam
  • Ottapalam Welfare Trust, Ottapalam Eyecare Hospital
  • Semalk Hospital[7]
  • Valluvanad Hospital
  • Seventh Day Adventist Hospital Ottapalam
  • New Aswini Hospital
  • ESI Dispensary,Palappuram.There are 3 Government Homoeo Dispensaries at Meetna,Vaniyamkulam and Kadambur .

Notable people[edit]

The following people were either born in and/or are residents of Ottapalam:


7. S. Rajendu - History of Valluvanad (Malayalam) - from prehistoric times to A.D. 1792 - Perintalmanna - 2012

S. Rajendu - History of Nedunganad (Malayalam) - from prehistoric times to A.D. 1860 - Perintalmanna - 2012

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