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Elephant Squad office, Kuppady
Elephant Squad office, Kuppady
Coordinates: 11°47′35″N 76°09′54″E / 11.793°N 76.165°E / 11.793; 76.165Coordinates: 11°47′35″N 76°09′54″E / 11.793°N 76.165°E / 11.793; 76.165
Country India
 • TypeGrama Panchayath
742.5 m (2,436.0 ft)
 • OfficialMalayalam
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-KL
Vehicle registrationKL-73

Pulpally is a mid-sized town in Wayanad District of Kerala, India. Geographically a Village in Sultan Bathery Taluk and a "Grama Panchayath" under local self governance system. It is about 24 km from Sultan Battery, and is almost surrounded by forest.


This place is famous for its Sita Devi temple which is one of the few in India devoted for Sita Devi. The icons of Lava and Kusa, children of Sita, are also installed here. It is believed that Sita Devi went into earth here. This place and the surrounding areas are believed to be the key places in the Hindu epic Ramayana. The temple festival which is celebrated annually in the month of January is famous and is attracts people from various parts of Wayanad.


About 7 km from Pulpally is the place of death of Pazhassi Raja who led the famous Pazhassi Revolt against the East India Company during the 18th century and was killed on 30 November 1805. The death place of pazhassi Raja is called mavilanthodu near vandikadavu.

Village without leeches[edit]

It is claimed to be the only place in Wayanad District not having leeches. There is a story behind this, Lava and Kusa were playing in the forest and a leech started troubling them. At that time mother Seeta Devi had seen it and cursed the leeches to not enter the boundary of Pulpally. The myth says that the name Pulpally came out from a " Parnasala made out of Grass", were Lava and Kusa were doing their education.

The entire community irrespective of cast or living standards in and around Pulpally will be giving offerings and participating the Sita LavaKusa Temple festival. Majority of the families were migrated from South Kerala in between 1950 and 1970's.

Pulpally is sharing the border with Karnataka, it's just 10 km away from the town. If the Karnataka and Kerala Governments works together for a Bridge between the Kabani River, it will be the shortest way to Mysore from Kerala.

The very famous Kuruva Island is just 10 km away from Pulpally


Agriculture is the main economic activity of people. Major crops are pepper, rubber, coconut, ginger, rice, vanilla. arecanut, and coffee. Even most of the people are dependent on pepper agriculture. Pulpally also known as 'The land of black gold'. Pulpally is also famous for its pure wild wayanad honey.

Places of interest[edit]

One of the main attractions of Pulpally is the Kabani River. Kabani is one of the three rivers flowing to the east in Kerala. Others are Pambar and Bhavani. The important places are

  • Seetha Lava Kusa Kshethram
  • Kurua Island
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Suchippara Waterfalls
  • Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pazhassi Tomb, Mananthavady
  • kabani river, perikaloor
  • pazhassi smarakam at mavilanthodu
  • Pakkam srambi
  • Kurumbalakotta

Major Colleges[edit]

  • Pazhassiraja College
  • SNDP Yogam Arts & Science College
  • Jayasree Arts & Science College


  • Vijaya Higher Secondary School
  • Government Higher Secondary School Kappiset
  • Jayasree Higher Secondary School
  • Devi vilasam Vocational Higher Secondary School-Veliyambam
  • St. Mary's Higher Secondary School - Mullankolly
  • St. Mary's English Medium High School
  • Marutha Vidyalayam English Medium High School
  • St. George LP & Up School, Christ Nagar
  • St. George UP School, Elephant Rock.
  • Kripalaya Special School
  • Amrita School


It's the local commercial hub for the domiciliates of the surrounding areas of Pulpally. All kinds of essentials such as Grocery, Textiles, Home Appliances, Electronics, Computers, Electricals, Building Materials, Stationary, Agriculture products, Heavy metals, Automobiles are available here.

Places of worships[edit]

  • Eldho mor. Basalious jacobite church chiyambam
  • st. Mary's jacobite church chettappalam
  • St George Malankara Catholic Church Christ Nagar
  • Seetha Lava kusa Kshethram
  • Jadayatta Kavu
  • Town Church (Sacred Heart Church)
  • Town Juma Masjid
  • Sisumala Seetha Devi Kshethram
  • Ferona Church Mullankolly
  • Veliyambam Kotta - Siva Kshethram
  • Sisumala Infant Jesus Church & kurishumala
  • St. Thomas Marakav Church
  • Christian Brethren Assembly Pulpally Town
  • Christian Brethren Assembly kurichipatta,Chettapalam etc.


Pulpally is connected to the legend of Rama. It is believed that when Sita was abandoned by Rama, she reached Pulpally and was given shelter by the great Sage Valmiki. The place in Pulpally, where Sita gave birth to Lava and Kusa is called Valmiki Ashramam. Chedattinkavu is the original temple of Pulpally Temple. According to the legend Lava and Kusa the two sons of SitaDevi stopped and caught the horse, sent by Rama as part of the Ashwamedha. When Rama came to free the horse, he saw Sita and immediately she disappeared in the earth, her mother. While going down, her hair was caught by Rama and thus the name Chedattinkavu or Jadayattakavu to the spot. Chedattilamma (Sita devi) is the presiding deity of this temple along with Sapthamathrukkal. This temple is only 1 km away from the present Sita Temple. Nei (ghee) vilakku is a main offering here.


Pulpally can be accessed from Mananthavady or Sultan Battery. The Periya ghat road connects Mananthavady to Kannur and Thalassery. The Thamarassery mountain road connects Calicut with Kalpetta. The Kuttiady mountain road connects Vatakara with Kalpetta and Mananthavady. The Palchuram mountain road connects Kannur and Iritty with Mananthavady. The road from Nilambur to Ooty is also connected to Wayanad through the village of Meppadi.

The nearest railway station is at Nanjangudu(Near Mysore) and the nearest airports are Kozhikode International Airport-120 km, Bengaluru International Airport-290 km, and Kannur International Airport, 58 km.

Suburbs of Pulpally[edit]

  • Chettappalam, Prabhatnagar, Parakkadavu and Vandikadave
  • Madappalllykunnu, Seethamount, Chamapara and Vadanakavala
  • Vanamoolika, Mullankolly, Anappara and Pattanikoopu
  • Perikkalloor, Vazhakkavala, Padichira and Kalandykolly
  • Thannitheruv, Surabhi Kavala-Alathur
  • Vettikkakavala, Sisumala, Kunnathkavala and Channothukolly
  • Sasimala, Perikkallore, Chekadi, Padiri and Pakkam
  • Dasanakkara, pakkam,kurichipatta,Veliyambam, Asramakolly and Kappiset
  • Cheeyambam, Amarakuni, Kabanigiri and Kolavally

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