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Karukutty is located in Kerala
Karukutty is located in India
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 10°13′0″N 76°23′0″E / 10.21667°N 76.38333°E / 10.21667; 76.38333Coordinates: 10°13′0″N 76°23′0″E / 10.21667°N 76.38333°E / 10.21667; 76.38333
Country  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
Talukas Aluva
 • Body Karukutty Panchayat
 • Total 33.57 km2 (12.96 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 24,860
 • Density 740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 683 576
Telephone code 91 484
Vehicle registration KL-7, KL-41 and KL-63
Nearest city Angamaly
Sex ratio 0.971 /
Literacy 90.28%
Lok Sabha constituency Chalakudy
Civic agency Karukutty Panchayat
Distance from Kochi 36 kilometres (22 mi) N (land)
Distance from Thrissur 40 kilometres (25 mi) S (land)

Karukutty (Malayalam: കറുകുററി) is a village panchayat in Ernakulam district of Kerala, India. Classified as a Grade A panchayat, Karukutty comprises 17 wards and falls under Angamaly block panchayat in Aluva taluk. It is part of Angamaly Assembly constituency and Chalakudy Parliament constituency.


Located on the southern border of the erstwhile Cochin kingdom, Karukutty has been influenced by the cultures of both Travancore and Cochin kingdoms and has been cited in ancient Portuguese records. Remnants of an old fort, referred to locally as Kottathendu (കോട്ടത്തെണ്ട്), can be seen here. The fort - Nedumkotta (നേടുംക്കോട്ട) was built jointly by the Travancore and Cochin kingdoms to resist invasions by Tipu Sultan. Numerous other artifacts and vessels used by natives to store their treasures and valuables have also been excavated. There is a popular saying that goes "Karukutty kandaal maru kutty venda" (കറുകുററി കണ്ടാല്‍ മറുകുററി വേണ്ട). It roughly translates to "If you have reached Karukutty, then you need not go looking else where" – a sign of the self-sufficient and prosperous nature of the locality. The name itself literally translates to dark woodlands, suggesting the dense vegetation that covered this region till the 12th century.

Administration and Local Self Government[edit]

Karukutty panchayat was formed on 28 December 1961. The village was originally part of Cohin Kingdom upto 1762 AD.and in that year it became part of Alengad taluk of Travancore Kingdom.In the early 20 th century there is a reorganisation of taluks in Travancore state and parts of Alengad Taluk was amalgamated into Kunnathunadu taluk and Paravur taluk.Karukutty became part of Kunnathunad Taluk of Kottayam district.K Kunnathunad Taluk became part of Thrissur district in July 1949 .Karukutty became part of newly formed Aluva taluk of Thrissur district in November 1956.When Ernakulam district was formed on 1 April 1958 Karukutty became part of that district.P V Ouseppukutty Pynadath became the first president of the panchayat in 1961. After the elections in 1964, an eight member administrative council took charge under the leadership of P C Sani.

Chronological list of presidents of Karukutty panchayat

  1. P. V. Joseph
  2. P. C. Sani
  3. Thomas Aikkareth Master (1980)
  4. C. T. Devassikutty (1988)
  5. P. J. Skaria
  6. Mary
  7. Mrs Shiny George Chittinappilly
  8. Shaju V Thekkekkara


Spread over an area of 33.57 km² in central Kerala, the terrain is primarily of five types - plain land, valley, high land, sloped terrain and hilltops.


East: Mookkannoor panchayat
North: Chalakudy River and Koratty panchayat
West: Parakkadavu panchayat
South: Angamaly municipality

Water Sources[edit]

An 18 km long network of canals and creeks along with 27 public ponds and over 200 private tanks serve as the primary water source for the panchayat.

Culture and Community[edit]

The panchayat has 9 libraries, of which, 2 of them are A grade libraries with more than 10,000 books.
Various social organizations such as NSS, SNDP,Mela Samskarika Vedi and KPMS along with many other Christian organizations contribute actively to the social and cultural upliftment of the region.

Commerce and Transport[edit]

Karukutty is situated on the northern edge of the Ernakulam district, bordering Thrissur. National Highway 47 runs from north to south along a 4 km stretch on the western side of the panchayat. The border also used to serve as a geographically centered Excise and Sales Tax check post for the state of Kerala.
Karukutty has a railway station (Station code KUC) that serves hundreds of passengers travelling between their offices and homes on passenger train services running between Ernakulam and Shornur/Guruvayur. It is also a major stop over for long distance buses plying to locations such as Bangalore, with a choice of hotels and eateries lined along the highway.


Karukutty has bountiful natural resources and the numerous brooks flowing through lush greenery themselves provide an excellent tourist opportunity. Major destinations in the panchayat include

  • Ezhattumugham
  • Thumboormoozhi Dam
  • The Hotel Elegance
  • King Palace Lodge


  • Star Jesus High School
  • St Joseph Girl's High School
  • Government high School, Palissery
  • O. L. P. H. Upper Primary School, Edakkunnu
  • Naipunnya Public School, Paduvapuram[1]
  • Adam Public School, Karayamparambu
  • SCMS School of Engineering and Technology, Vidya Nagar, Paduvapuram[2]

Religion and Pilgrimage[edit]

A majority of the population of this village are Christians. The first church in Karukutty, St. Xavier Church, was established in 1829 and this paved way for the development of numerous other churches and parishes across the village. Traditional Christian culture and beliefs are an integral part of the village. Syrian Roman Catholicism is numerically the largest Christian denomination in this village. Over time, the number of other Christian denominations such as Jacobites and Marthoma Protestants are increased due to migration. There is also significant number of Hindu believers and a small yet important Muslim community that peacefully co-exists here, each faithful to their respective beliefs and customs.

Between November and February, the village turns colourful with festivals, feasts and processions of the various communities that reside here. These festivals serve to unite the various denominations, across barriers of community, religion and culture.

Major religious centers in Karukutty include

  • St Xavier Forane Church[3]
  • Christ the King Monastery[4]
  • Assisi Shanti Kendra[5]
  • Claretian Provincial House and Renewal Center[6]
  • Sacred Heart Convent (Established in 1899 by the Carmelite sisters)
  • Manjathra Sri Subhramanya Swami Temple, Parapuram, Karukutty.
  • Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, Sreekrishnapuram, Karukutty
  • Keezhpariyaram Mahadeva Temple, Sreekrishnapuram, Karukutty
  • Chirakkott Bhaghavathy Temple, Karukutty

Villages and suburbs[edit]

  • Karayamparambu
  • Munnoorppilly
  • Palissery
  • Edakkunnu
  • Paduvapuram
  • Besleham
  • Panthackal
  • Marangadam
  • Moonamparambu
  • Neerungal
  • Palliyangadi
  • Kappelappadi
  • Companippadi
  • Koventha
  • Areekkal
  • Maniyamkuzhi
  • Parapuram
  • Sreekrishnapuram
  • Onjadam
  • K P G Nagar
  • Njalookara
  • Sreekrishnapuram


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