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Kakkanad skyline
Kakkanad skyline
Nickname(s): IT(Information Technology) Captial of Kerala
Kakkanad is located in Kerala
Kakkanad is located in India
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 10°01′01″N 76°20′38″E / 10.017°N 76.344°E / 10.017; 76.344Coordinates: 10°01′01″N 76°20′38″E / 10.017°N 76.344°E / 10.017; 76.344
Country  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Kakkanad at night

Kakkanad is a borough of the city of Kochi, in Kerala, India. It is also the administrative headquarters of the District of Ernakulam (of which the city of Kochi forms a part). It accounts for 55% of total IT export from Kerala and thus gained the name "IT Capital of Kerala"

In the democratic local government (the Municipality), Kakkanad is part of Thrikkakara Municipality. Kakkanad is situated in the east part of the city, in the District of Ernakulam. The district Panchayat office is located in Kakkanad.

Lulu Cybertower



Kakkanad is located near Thrikkakara, the capital of the mythical King Mahabali.

In verse 273 of Naṉṉūl, a 13th-century book on Tamil grammar, Sankara Namasivayar recites a venpa that describes the twelve districts of Tamil Nadu where Koduntamil is spoken, as Thenpandi Nadu, Kutta Nadu, Kuda Nadu, Karka Nadu, Venadu, Poozhi Nadu, Pandri Nadu, Aruva Nadu, Aruva Vadathalai, Seetha Nadu, Malai Nadu and Punal Nadu. Karka Nadu is believed to be a reference to Kakkanad.The old name of kakanad is karkanad-thrikakara.


Being the administrative hub of Ernakulam district, Kakkanad is home for several state as well as central government offices namely, the Civil Station (hosting The District Collectrate, The RTO etc.), the District Panchayat office, the Airman Selection Board etc., Siksha Bhavan (office of the Central HRD Ministry).

Educational Institutions[edit]

  • Traum Academy for German and French Languages
  • Mar Athanasius HS[1]
  • Christu Jayanthi Public School
  • St Mary's Higher Secondary School, Morakkala
  • The Indian Public School [TIPS], Edichira


Kakkanad is home for a portion of the industrial base of Kochi. It is home for the Cochin Special Economic Zone(CSEZ). Carborundum Universal Ltd[2] has a unit near the technopolis. Industrial projects[specify] like Fashion City are proposed in Kakkanad. This has led to several builders[who?] setting up projects[which?] here.

Being the IT Capital of Kerala, Kakkanad is home for the largest IT Township in India, the Smart City, the second largest IT industrial park in Kerala, the Kochi InfoPark. Kakkanad is also home for a Software Export Promotion Zone (SEPZ). The international submarine cable systems landing in Kochi has their nodes installed in Kakkanad. The CSEZ houses the Cognizant Technology Solutions, Williamslea,WRENCH Solutions, and the Sutherland Global Solutions.

Kakkanad houses the following IT Parks:

− All these together accounts for 55% of IT exports from Kerala, thus gaining the nickname "IT Capital of Kerala" for Kakkanad. − [3] The Kerala Books and Publications Society has its press at Kakkanad. The press is the biggest multicolor offset printing unit in Kerala Government Sector.[4]


Kakkanad is also the broadcasting hub of Kochi. It is home for the terrestrial relay station of the national television broadcaster, the Doordarshan. Prasar Bharati, the corporation controlling the public broadcast, has a marketing division at Kakkanad.[5] Kakkanad also hosts the state-owned Kochi FM Radio. Red FM Regional office is also at Kakkanad on Seaport - Airport Road, near Infopark express way.

Health care[edit]


Wonderla, the largest theme park in the state, is located near Kakkanad.

EMS Co-operative Library, housing over 70,000 titles is located at Kakkanad.[6][7]

Kendriya Shram Sadan, office of the Regional Labour Commissioner (C) is located at Olimughal, Kakkanad.[8]

Regional Chemical Examiner’s Laboratory, Ernakulam - one of the three laboratories belonging to Chemical Examiner's Laboratory Department under Government of Kerala is situated at Kakkanad. It has jurisdiction over central four districts namely Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad districts. [9]


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