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The new bridge being constructed to connect east and west Champakulam across Pampa River near to Champakulam Church
The new bridge being constructed to connect east and west Champakulam across Pampa River near to Champakulam Church
Coordinates: 9°24′41″N 76°24′46″E / 9.411447°N 76.412723°E / 9.411447; 76.412723Coordinates: 9°24′41″N 76°24′46″E / 9.411447°N 76.412723°E / 9.411447; 76.412723
Country  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
Talukas Kuttanad
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN 688505
Telephone code (0477 27...)
Vehicle registration KL-04
Nearest cities/towns Alappuzha, Changanasserry
Climate Tropical wet
Champakulam Moolam Boat Race
River Pampa passing through Champakulam

Champakulam is a village in Kerala, India. It is in Alappuzha district. Champakulam is part of Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, and is resplendent in green paddy fields, coconut groves and water fowl. Champakulam is an important tourist spot and is famous for the Moolam boat race. The river Pampa flows through the village, splitting it into two. It is connected, by road to Alappuzha, Changanassery and Edathua. By water, it is connected to various places too.

Champakulam Kalloorkadu St. Mary's Forane Church (Valia Palli)[edit]

Champakulam Kalloorkadu St. Mary's Forane Church (also called Champakulam Valia Palli) is one of the oldest Christian churches in India [1] [2] and the mother church of almost all Catholic Syrian churches in Alleppey District. Believed to be established in AD 427. Rebuilt many times and the many rock inscriptions found around the church tell us about the history of the church. The open air Rock Cross at Champakulam church is one of the most ancient ones with clear documentation of its antiquity up to AD 1151. There are many archaeological artifacts found around the church about its history. Champakulam church was once under Niranam Church. Champakulam Church had very friendly relations with the Jacobite Syrian group and had a pivotal role in many ecumenical efforts in the Eighteenth century. Belongs to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of India.

The annual feast at this church is on the 3rd Sunday of October every year. The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19.

Champakulam Moolam Boat Race[edit]

Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is the oldest [3] [4] [5] [6] and one of the most popular vallam kali (snake boat race) in Kerala state of south India. The race is held on river Pampa on the moolam day (according to the Malayalam Era M.E) of the Malayalam month Midhunam, the day of the installation of the deity at the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

Champakulam Chundan Chundans (Snake Boats) are supposed to be Navy boats of Chempakasserry rulers. Now they are only using for the races. Traditionally each boat belongs to a village, and the villagers worship that boat like a deity. Only men are allowed to touch the boat, and to show respect they should be barefooted. To make the boat slippery while in the water, it is oiled with a mixture of fish oil, coconut shell carbon and eggs. Repair work is done annually by the village carpenter. Constructed according to specifications taken from the Sthapathya Veda, an ancient treatise for the building of wooden boats, Champakulam chundan has 130 ft length and breadth of 69 inches It has a depth of 22 inches with the rear portion towering to a height of about 11 ft, and a long tapering front portion, it resembles a snake with its hood raised. Its hull is built of planks precisely 83 feet in length and six inches wide. It can accommodate 105 oarsmen. This chundan can cover a distance of 1.4 km in about 5 minutes. In the centre of the chundan vallom, which was earlier the place of the canon, stand two people who beat the odithatta (fire platforms) with poles and sing the vanchippattu (songs of the boatmen) to maintain the rowing rhythm. While the strongest oarsmen sit at the front to set the pace, the back is managed by six hefty amarackars (helmsmen) who stand and help steer the boat. The person at the highest point of the boat is the chief oarsman. Champakulam Chundan is the winner of several boat races including hatric winner of the famous Nehru Trophy boat race during 1989,1990,1991.

Later the boat was procured by UST Global, a California-based IT services company. It was handed over to UST Global by the owners Chambakulam Boat Club at a gala ceremony conducted at Alappuzha on 21 December 2013. The UST Global Trivandrum Campus will be the new home for Chambakulam Chundan.[7]

New Champakulam chundan sculptured by Uma Maheswaran, in around 180 days with an approximate cost of 56 Lakhs. It can accommodate 104 orsmen. It is the winner of 2014 Nehru Trophy Boat race.

Educational Institutions[edit]

St. Mary's High School [8]
St. Thomas UP School
Bishop Kurialacherry Public School [9]
Porukara Memorial School [10]

Notable personalities from Champakulam[edit]


  • Champakulam Pachupilla



Champakulam is an important tourist spot. You can see hundreds of houseboats moving along the Pampa River every day. Champakulam church (Valia Palli) and Champakulam snake boat (and some other snake boats too) are some of the tourist attractions. There are a number of resorts where people can stay and enjoy the beauty of nature. Champakulam angadi has some art-emporiums where tourists might find items of interest.

Art Emporium[edit]

St. Thomas Art emporium is very famous for many years - a number of high quality statues - mostly on wood are produced here. A lot of these are exported to other countries too.

Getting there[edit]

Road - 15 km away from Alleppey, 18 km from Changanassery by road.
Rail - Well connected to Major Cities. Nearest Rail heads: Alleppey, Changanassery.
Air - Nearest International Airports : Kochi (Nedumbassery) - 100 km. Thiruvananthapuram - 150 km.
Water - Linked by boat service through the back waters to Alappuzha (1 hr), Kollam (8 Hrs), Changanacherry (3 hrs), Kumarakom (3 hr), Cochin (4 hrs) etc.

Location (Wikimapia)[edit]

Places in and around Champakulam[edit]

Though Champakulam is a village itself, there are many other small places in and around Champakulam. Some of them are part of Champakulam.

Champakulam Bridge[edit]

The two banks (East and West) of Pampa River in Champakulam were only connected by ferries. The other alternate way is via road, but that is a long route. A new bridge was always in the talks but started materializing only recently. A new bridge is being constructed currently connecting the east and west banks of Champakulam. This also connects the 2 bus stations on either side of the river.

The new bridge being constructed to connect east and west Champakulam across Pampa River near to Champakulam Church


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