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River Pampa at Kallissery
River Pampa at Kallissery
Coordinates: 9°20′16.36″N 76°36′6.51″E / 9.3378778°N 76.6018083°E / 9.3378778; 76.6018083
Country  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
 • Type Chengannur Taluk, Thiruvanvandoor
Time zone IST (UTC+5.30)
Post code 689124
Area code(s) 0479
Vehicle Code (KL-30)
Website http://alappuzha.gov.in/

Kallissery (English: /kælɪˈsɛri/; Malayalam: കല്ലിശേരി, IPA: [kalliɕeːɾi]) is a place in Chengannur Taluk of Alappuzha district of Kerala, India.


Kallissery is a part of Thiruvanvandoor village and is a prominent area of local business. Kallissery is part of the Northern Pandanad. Kallissery is part of Chengannur assembly segment and Adv. KK Ramachandran Nair-Communist Party of India (Marxist) is the current MLA. In Lok Sabha, Kallissery is represented by the sitting MP from Mavelikkara, Mr.Kodikunnil Suresh (Indian National Congress). [1]


Kallissery is one of the wealthiest rural settlements in India. Remittance from NRIs is the primary source of income. Kallissery holds importance in the local community as it serves both as a village market place and an upcoming development. It connects Chengannur to Thiruvalla via the Main Central Road. Kallissery was an important trading center of timber, coconut, hill-produce, copra and coconut oil and other crops. A large amount of trade happened in late 1980s and early 1990s, with Alleppey port and later with Kochi through Pumba river.

Religious History and Tourism[edit]

Kallissery is known for religious tourism. The famous Anjilimoottil Itty Thommen Kathanar (priest), one of the most noteworthy leaders of the Malankara church who bravely resisted the Portuguese persecutions in the 17th century, was buried in Kallissery pally.

The area is also famous for Kadavil Malika, which was historic in starting the Maramon Convention. The citizens of Kallissery played an important role in the early social struggles in Kerala. The citizens of Kallissery played in the Travancore Legislature like Travancore Sri Mulam Assembly, the Sri Chithra Travancore State Legislative Council, Travancore Sri Mulam Assembly and later after independence, there were representatives in Rajya Sabha and Kerala Legislative. Kallissery is also the native place of Dr. Justice T. Kochu Thommen Thamarappallil (former Judge, Supreme Court of India and Indian human rights commissioner).

Places of worship[edit]

  • St. Mary's Knanaya Valiyapally Kallissery
  • St. Thomas Malankara Syrian Catholic Church, Umayattukara, Kallissery
  • Azhakiya Kavu Temple
  • Mazhukeermel Vishnu Kshetram
  • Umayattukara St Thomas Orthodox Valiyapally Kallissery
  • Indian Pentecostal Church Of God(IPC) Ebenezer, Kallissery
  • Umayattukara Marthoma Church, Kallissery

Educational organizations[edit]

  • Kallissery Vocational Higher Secondary School
  • Government U.P.S Kallissery
  • Ebenezer English Medium High School
  • ST.Marys School Kallissery


Kallissery held an importance in the common economy of the village folk from Prayar, Thiruvanvandoor and neighbouring villages as it was a local market. As Kallissery is located along the M.C. Road, it serves as an important KSRTC bus stop and landmark for various businesses in the area.

Boat racing[edit]

Kallissery has 5 Palliyodams (snake boats) owned by different "Karas" (locality): Umayattukara, Vizumayattukara, Keezhuvanmazhy, Vanmazhy, Muthavazhy and Prayar. Among those, Umayattukara has the biggest one.


The nearest airport is Trivandrum International airport, which is about 118 kilometres (73 mi) from Kallissery. Another nearby airport is Cochin International Airport (CIAL), which is about 124 km (77 mi) from Kallissery.


  1. ^ "(citation needed)". Archived from the original on 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2016-11-17.