Purakkad

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Purakkad
village
Purakkad is located in Kerala
Purakkad
Purakkad
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°21′0″N 76°21′0″E / 9.35000°N 76.35000°E / 9.35000; 76.35000Coordinates: 9°21′0″N 76°21′0″E / 9.35000°N 76.35000°E / 9.35000; 76.35000
Country  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
Population (2001)
 • Total 29,437
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Purakkad is a village in Alappuzha district in the Indian state of Kerala.

History[edit]

The literal meaning of Purakkad is "out of forest".[1] The village of Purakkad was the scene of battle between Travancore and Kochin forces in 1754 AD ad between Travancore and the forces of Zamorin in 1756 AD. There was an ancient port at Purakkad. The Dutch East India Company had a factory at that time. A crucifix was presented by Dutch seafarers who landed on Purakkad beach when their ship was lost at sea in a terrible storm. The crucifix has never been repaired since all these years. Now the church housing the crucifix faces demolition threat because of road widening plans.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census, Purakkad has a population of 27912 with 13751 males and 14161 females. Male literacy rate is 96% and the female literacy rate is 90%.[2]

Places Of Interest[edit]

Sree Venu Gopala Swamy[3] Temple of Purakkad is one of the oldest temples that belongs to Goud Saraswat Brahmins. The temple was built more than 400 years ago with the help of Chembakassery Raja, when a group of Goud Saraswat Brahmins migrated from Goa.A famous shrine of the Muislim community is also there.

Chakara[edit]

The coast of Purakkad experiences a natural phenomenon called Chakara during monsoon season.

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