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Pothanikkad is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 10°01′50″N 76°40′31″E / 10.0305000°N 76.675270°E / 10.0305000; 76.675270Coordinates: 10°01′50″N 76°40′31″E / 10.0305000°N 76.675270°E / 10.0305000; 76.675270
Country  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
Population (2001)
 • Total 17,563
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 686671
Telephone code 91-485-
Vehicle registration KL 17 for muvaattupuzha, 44 for kothamangalam
Literacy 100%

Pothanikkad or Pothanicad is a village in Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala.[1] It's also the first village to achieve 100% literacy in India.[2] The name derives from the Malayalam words poth, meaning buffalo, anaa, meaning elephant, and kaddu, meaning forest, as it was originally a forest with wild buffalos and elephants. Now, this small village has developed into one of the most educated and culturally advanced villages in Kerala. St. Mary's High School is the oldest high school in Pothanicad, where very prominent people in the society and many local politicians have been educated. St.Johns Higher Secondary school Pulinthanam is pioneering education institution in the village. A Government lower primary school and two other private senior secondary high schools with CBSEcurriculum also gives better education for the young community.Pothanikkad is 16 km away from Thommankuthu water falls [1], the nearest tourist location and approximately 22 km from well known bird’s sanctuary Thattekkad near Kothamangalam.


As of 2001 India census, Pothanikkad had a population of 17563 with 8764 males and 8799 females.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Census of India : Villages with population 5000 & above". Retrieved 2008-12-10.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ http://keralastate.org/districts/ernakulam.php

  • eldhose puthenpura is a social worker and working as politician in communist party of india and aiyf.he is working for kakkadasserry-chelachuvad state highway project and pothanicad rural water supply scheme renovation .formerly worked for govt commercial institute ,konnanpara water supply scheme and mini volley ball stadium.etc projects.
  • [{k c paily ]} he is the founder of new pothanicad.he leads pothanicad to 100% literacy village in india .he brought bus stand ,water supply scheme,acuiduct cum bridge,and more developments to pothanicad