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Nayarambalam Bhagavathy Temple
Nayarambalam Bhagavathy Temple
Coordinates: 10°04′16″N 76°12′43″E / 10.071°N 76.212°E / 10.071; 76.212Coordinates: 10°04′16″N 76°12′43″E / 10.071°N 76.212°E / 10.071; 76.212
Country India
DistrictErnakulam District
 • Panchayath PresidentMrs. Shibu E P
 • Total12.19 km2 (4.71 sq mi)
Elevation2.83 m (9.28 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total23,166
 • Density1,783/km2 (4,620/sq mi)
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code0484
Temperature Range: 22°C - 31 °C

Nayarambalam is a suburb of Cochin city and coastal village on Vypin island in Ernakulam District in the state of Kerala, India.

The village is surrounded by Edavanakkad Gram Panchayat to the north, Narakkal Gram Panchayat to the south, the Arabian Sea to the west and Veeranpuzha to the east. Nayarambalam lies almost at the center of Vypin Island. Agriculture and fishing were traditionally the main sources of income for the people, but now most of the people depend on Cochin city, the nearest city on the mainland. There are still lots of paddy fields and fish ponds especially in the eastern and western areas of the village.


These details are taken from the official website of the Kerala Government.

Demographic Value
Area in km². 12.19
Wards 15
Occupied residential houses 4240
Households 4240
Male population 11313
Female population 11853
Total population 23166
Density of population per km² 1783
Sex ratio (females per 1000 males) 1047
Effective literacy rate (male) 97.26
Effective literacy rate (female) 92.26
Effective literacy rate (total) 94.69



The name Nayarambalam comes from Nair and Ambalam (temple) in reference to the prominent Bhagavathy Temple managed traditionally by the Bhagavathy Temple Karayogam consisting only of patrons belonging to the Nair community.

Local administration[edit]

Nayarambalam Grama Panchayat,
Nayarambalam - 682 509
Office phone: 0484-2493339
Existing President: Shibu
The chair of President is reserved to ladies in Nayarambalam Panchayat. (This article was written in Jan-Feb, 2007. It is Monday 19, November, 2018 today. There may be changes in the elected persons' names.)

Elected members of Nayarambalam Panchayat[edit]

Nayarambalam Grama Panchayat: October 2015 election results[edit]

  • Ayurveda Hospital - Sarala Keshavan Ind LDF
  • Bhagavathy Temple - Joby Varghese INC UDF
  • Kadekurisu Ward - Mary Jacob Kattuparambil Ind Oth
  • Kochambalam - Suma Venu CPI(M) LDF
  • Manattuparambu West - KS Rajan IND LDF
  • Manattuparambu East - Jessy Shiju INC UDF
  • Mangalya Ward - EP Shibu CPI(M) LDF
  • Nedungad Central - Elsabeth Joys (Joicy Thomas) INC UDF
  • Puthankadapuram - Anil Kumar BJP BJP+
  • Ramankulangara Ward - Parameshwaran Kanichadan INC UDF
  • Temble West Ward - Sachitra Sarangan CPI(M) LDF
  • Thayyezhath - MS Sumesh CPI(M) LDF
  • Thekke Nedungad - Megha Dileep CPI(M) LDF
  • Vadakke Nedungad - PR Biju CPI(M) LDF
  • Vadel Church Road - Anitha Thomas INC UDF
  • Veliyathanparambu - KB Joshi CPI(M) LDF

This information was updated on 18 October 2017 based on Election Results of Local Body Election 2015 published by the Kerla State Election Commission.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Cherai Beach is 8 km away from Nayarambalam.
  • In the east border of Nayarambalam is Vembanad lake which is known as Veeranpuzha.
  • Nayarambalam has a good beach with very few visitors. Many people come here for angling.
  • Bhagavathy Temple is one of the main Hindu temples in Nayarambalam, situated in the middle of the village facing the main Vypin-Munambam Road. The temple is maintained by Nayarambalam Nair Karayogam. The festival in the temple is observed every year during the 15th to 20th of the Malayalam month of Makaram (the last week of January to the first week of February). During the festivity period a variety of South Indian classical dance dramas and performing arts like Kathakali, Ottanthullal, Thayambaka, Panchavadyam, and Chendamelam are performed by renowned artists and performers.
  • Badhra Bhagavathi Temple is another temple situated near Vypin Munambam Road. It faces the north and is believed to be very powerful. It warms the devotees with the goddess' divine grace and grants them their wishes. It is maintained by Pallathupadi Trust.


Vypeen-Pallipuram State Highway passes through Nayarambalam.


Veterinary hospital

The 25 bedded Govt. Ayurveda Hospital is owned by the public health department of the State Government of Kerala. The Public Health Center is situated in the beach area (Puthen Kadappuram). There are two medical centers in private sector also functioning here; one is Sarada Hospital (formerly Sarada Nursing Home), a dedicated multi speciality hospital which has been in patient care sector for the past 40 years which includes general medicine, infertility, family medicine, neurology, cardiology, diabetology, dermatology,psychiatry and physiotherapy pioneered by Dr. K R Ramachandra Menon and Dr. Vanaja Menon with a vision of specialty care in the rural areas of Vypin. The other center is Nayarambalam Medical Centre. There are also several allopathic and homoeopathic clinics. In the speciality clinic, there is a small ENT clinic, Trinity, run by Dr. Thomas W Menacherry. A periodontic center, Smyle, run by Dr. Biniraj, is located just outside the Nayarambalam-Narakkal boundary.[citation needed]

Churches and temples[edit]

Sanjopuram Church

Nayarambalam is blessed with many churches and temples. Nayarambalam Bhagavathy Temple, Sankara Narayana Temple, Kochambalam Sri Subrahmania Temple, and Mahavishnu Temple Veliyethamparambu,Mannateswari Bhagavathy temple are some of the prominent Hindu temples in Nayarmabmalam.

Major Christian churches include St. George Church (Wadel), established in the 1844, Sacred Heart Church (Manattuparambu) (both are under Verapoli Arch Diocese) St. Joseph's Church (Sanjopuram), and St. Augustine's Church (Nedungadu). In addition there are many small temples and chapels scattered around the village. A Muslim temple (mosque) is situated at the extreme north frontier of the village. There is also a Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi, which is active in the field of social service.

Educational institutions[edit]

There are two high schools and many primary schools in Nayarambalam. These include Nayarambalam Bhagavathy Vilasom Higher Secondary School, Lobelia English Medium Higher Secondary School, Devi Vilasom Upper Primary School, and Vadel Lower Primary School.


Lower primary schools[edit]

There are three LP schools in Nayarambalam.

  • St. George LP School, Nayarambalam (Aided School): one of the oldest schools in Nayarambalam, managed by St. George Church, Wadel Nayarambalam
  • Sacred Heart LP School, Nedungad, Nayarambalam

Upper primary schools[edit]

  • Devi Vilasam UP School, Nayarambalam: Managed by Bhagavathy Temple Karayogam, Nayarambalam. School is located at Veliyathamparambu adjacent to the State Highway. Medium of instruction is Malayalam. Classes are held from Standard 6 to Standard 7.
  • Union UP School, Thekke Nedungad

High schools[edit]

  • Bhagavathy Vilasam High School (Aided School): One of the oldest high schools in Nayarambalam. Managed by Bhagavathy Temple Karayogam, Nayarambalam. Many Nayarambalam men received their high school education from this school. The same management runs another school, Devi Vilasam, in the lower primary level at Veliyathamparambu, Nayarambalam.

Higher secondary schools[edit]

  • Lobelia English Medium Higher Secondary School (private management): Lobelia is the first English medium school at Nayarambalam. It may be the first English medium school in Vypeen Island. Classes are held from Standard 1 to Standard 12 (Plus2). The school is located between Kochambalam and Kudungasserry, adjacent to the State Highway.

Special schools[edit]

  • Karuna Special School for Mentally Retarded Children: The school is managed by Sisters of St. George Carmel Convent. Located very near to St. George Church Wadel, Karuna School is the only special school in Vypeen Island.

Public schools[edit]

  • St. George Carmel Public School (private management): The school is managed by Sisters of St. George Carmel Convent.


Prayaga College and Computer Academy[edit]

  • Prayaga College, established in 1988, is the biggest parallel college-cum-tuition centre in the entire Vypeen Island. Approximately 1200 students are currently studying in this college. A wing of Prayaga, Prayaga Computer Academy (PCA), provides professional computer education in the island. The current principal and director is P. T. Prakasan.


The Pokkali cyclic paddy cultivation method was widely used in Nayarambalam until recently.

Nayarambalam historically practiced the Pokkali cyclic paddy cultivation method. After the harvest, the decaying stubble of the paddy serves as food for the prawns and likewise the prawn excreta make the field fertile. No pesticides or fertilizers are used in the fields, in contrast to other prevalent farming practices.

As in other areas of Kerala, paddy fields are widely being reclaimed in Nayarambalam. Pokkali paddy-cum-prawn farming (cyclic farming method) was the traditional practice for farming. The Pokkali farming method is an eco-friendly farming practice.


Nayarambalam Panchayath office
Treasury building
Devi Vilasam UPS is managed by NSS Karayogam, Nayarambalam. It is located at Veliyathamparambu Bus Stop.
Bhagavathy Vilasam High school is one of the oldest high schools in Vypeen Island.
LEMHS is the first English medium School at Nayarambalam and is thought to be the first English medium school in Vypin Island. School Manager is Madhavan Pillai.
Karuna Special School, run by Carmelite Sisters


  1. ^ Based on Department of Economics & Statistics, Kerala (Panchayat Level Statistics 2001, Eranakulam District)

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