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|• Body||Ottapalam Municipality|
|• M.L.A||P. Unni |
|• Chairman||N.M Narayanan Namboothiri|
|• Total||32.7 km2 (12.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||54 m (177 ft)|
|• Rank||2 nd in Palakkad District|
|• Density||1,645/km2 (4,260/sq mi)|
|• Urban Agglomeration||238,238|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|• Spoken||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Sex ratio||1000:1121 ♂/♀|
|Temperature Range: 21.4°C -37 °C|
Ottapalam is located at  It has an average elevation of 54 metres (177 feet)..
Valluvanad was an erstwhile late medieval feudal state in present state of Kerala in South India extending from the Bharathapuzha River in the south to the Pandalur Mala in the north during their zenith in the early Middle Ages. On the west, it was bounded by the Arabian Sea at the port Ponnani and on the east by Attappadi Hills. According to local legends, the last Later Chera ruler gave a vast extension of land in South Malabar to one of their governors, Valluvakkonithiri and left for a hajj. The Valluvakkonithiri was also given last Later Chera ruler's shield (presumably to defend himself from the sword received by the Samoothiri (Zamorin) of Kozhikode, another governor, from the departing ruler). Not surprisingly, the Vellatiri rajas were hereditary enemies of the Samoothiri. Valluvanad is famous for the Mamankam festivals, held once in 12 years and the endless wars against the Samoothiri of Kozhikode. By the late 18th century, Vellatiri or Walluwanad proper was the sole remaining territory of the Walluvanad raja (Valluva Konatiri), who once exercised suzerain rights over a large portion of Southern Malabar. Although management of the country was restored to the Vellatiri raja in 1792, it soon became evident that he was powerless to repress the trouble that quickly broke out between Mapillas (favored by the Mysorean occupiers) and nayars (who sought to restore the ancien régime), and already in 1793 management of the district had to be resumed as the chief and his family fled to Travancore.
|Climate data for Ottapalam, Kerala|
|Average high °C (°F)||32.8
|Average low °C (°F)||22.3
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||2
Ottapalam is sub district in Palakkad District.The population growth has increased 9.2% in last 10 years.The Town is listed in the top 18 most populous Urban Agglomeration In Kerala.First defence park in India is going to be estabilished on Ottapalam KINFRA industrial park. Build up of a film city at Ottapalam is also under discussion.Ottapalam is one of major towns/cities in Palakkad District.
The Palakkad-Shoranur (Kulappully) State Highway passes through the town. Government buses as well as private bus services operate between Ottapalam and other major towns such as Thrissur, Palakkad, Mannarkkad, Pattambi, Guruvayoor, Chelakkara (through the Ottapalam-Mayanur Bridge inaugurated on 22 January 2011).KURTC Low-Floor A/C and Non-A/C Buses are also servicing through the town in Palakkad,Guruvayoor,Mannarkkad routes.Traffic Problem is a major thread in the town due to the inappropriate ratio of road width to number of vehicles.
Ottapalam is the major railway station in between Palakkad and Shoranur Junction Railways.Most of the passengers and Express trains have stop here.Railway station is near to the busstand,so can access easily for travellers.
- Government Higher Secondary School, Ottapalam East
- L S N Girls Higher Secondary School,Ottapalam
- N.S.S. K.P.T. High School, Ottapalam
- Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ottapalam
- Mannam Memorial High School,Ottapalam
- Islamic Central School,Pulinchode,Ottapalam
- Amritha Vidyalayam,Ottapalam
- Government N.S.S College,Ottapalam
- M.E.S Womens College,Ottapalam
- Lakshmi Narayana Womens College,Ottapalam
The following people were either born in and/or are residents of Ottapalam:
- Ottapalam Pappan, Malayalam Drama and Film Actor
- Stephen Devassy, pianist
- Lal Jose, Malayalam film director
- Kutty, political cartoonist
- Anil Radhakrishnan Menon, Malayalam film director
- Bhaskar Menon, first Indian to head a multinational corporation, chairman of Lever Brothers (now Unilever)
- Gautham Menon, film director (Hindi, Tamil and Telugu)
- K. P. S. Menon, first Foreign Secretary of India. He also served pre-independence India as an Agent-General to China
- M. G. K. Menon, former Union Minister and Scientific Adviser in the Rajiv Gandhi administration
- Lt. General Candeth, was a prominent Lieutenant General in the Indian army
- Shivshankar Menon, 4th National Security Advisor and 26th foreign secretary
- V. P. Menon, seniormost Indian officer in pre-independence British India administration
- M. K. Narayanan, the former chief of the Intelligence Bureau and former National Security Adviser
- K. Sankaran Nair, former director of Research and Analysis Wing and former High Commissioner of India to Singapore
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