Kuthannoor (gram panchayat)

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Kuthannoor (or Kuthanur, Kuthannur, Kuthanoor) is a gram panchayat in the Palakkad district, state of Kerala, India. It is a local government organisation that serves the villages of Kuthannur-I and Kuthannur-II.[1] It is a part of the Tharoor assembly constituency.[2]

One of the six "sangams" or associations of Tholpavakoothu, a form of puppetry, originated in Kuthanur.[3] Krishnan Kutty Pulavar Memorial Tolpavakoothu & Puppet Centre perform puppetry performances at Nadumannath Bhagawathi and Kuthannur Kavu temples in Kuthanur.[4]

Megalithic relics have been discovered in ten acres of reserved forest at Muppuzha, Kuthanoor. These comprise 100 port-hole cists that show strong similarities with dolmens from different parts of Europe, such as the Iberian Peninsula, France, Caucasus mountains, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Israel.[5] The Encyclopaedia of Indian Archaeology describes a port-hole cist thus: "a box-like burial chamber, largely underground and built of gneissic orthostats floorstone and capstone but arranged inside a rectangular pit scooped out of the native laterite. The e. orthostat has a port-hole which is blocked by a small slab on the outside. The entire structure is surrounded by a stone circle. The cist sometimes has a bench inside ..."[6]


  1. ^ "Reports of National Panchayat Directory". Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ G., Prabhakaran (15 March 2011). "LDF hopes to consolidate its victory in Palakkad". The Hindu (online edition). The Hindu Group. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Krishnamachari, Suganthy (3 October 2008). "Shadow of the original". The Hindu (online edition). Chennai: The Hindu Group. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Pulavar, K. K. Ramachandra. "Tolpava Koothu - The Shadow Puppet Theatre of Kerala". Shoranur, Kerala: Rishnan Kutty Pulavar Memorial Tolpava Koothu & Puppet Centre. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  5. ^ G., Prabhakaran (5 June 2010). "Megalithic relics in neglected state". The Hindu (online edition). The Hindu Group. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Amalananda Ghosh (1990). An Encyclopaedia of Indian Archaeology. BRILL. p. 130. ISBN 978-90-04-09264-8. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 10°44′00″N 76°32′10″E / 10.7333°N 76.5361°E / 10.7333; 76.5361