|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||KL 17 for muvaattupuzha, 44 for kothamangalam|
Pothanikkad or Pothanicad is a village in Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala. It's also the first village to achieve 100% literacy in India. The name derives from the Malayalam words poth, meaning buffalo, anaa, meaning elephant, and kaddu, meaning forest, as it was originally a forest with wild buffalos and elephants. Now, this small village has developed into one of the most educated and culturally advanced villages in Kerala. St. Mary's High School is the oldest high school in Pothanicad, where very prominent people in the society and many local politicians have been educated. St. John's Higher Secondary school Pulinthanam is a pioneering educational institution in the village. A government Lower Primary school and two other private Senior Secondary High schools, following CBSE curriculum, also provides better educational opportunities for the young community.
Pothanikkad is 16 km away from Thommankuthu water falls , the nearest tourist location and approximately 22 km from well known Thattekad Bird Sanctuary near Kothamangalam. It is also known for churches like Pothanicad St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, Pothanicad Ummanikkunnu St. Mary's Orthodox syrian
Church and St Xavier's Catholic Church.The village contains one and only temple Thrikkeppadi sri Mahadev temple which is famous for the festivel 'ilaneerattam'.
- "Census of India : Villages with population 5000 & above". Retrieved 2008-12-10.
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