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Communist Memorial
IMT Punnapra
Punnapra is located in Kerala
Punnapra is located in India
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°26′0″N 76°20′0″E / 9.43333°N 76.33333°E / 9.43333; 76.33333Coordinates: 9°26′0″N 76°20′0″E / 9.43333°N 76.33333°E / 9.43333; 76.33333
Country  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 688004
Vehicle registration KL-04
Nearest city Alappuzha

Punnapra is a village in Alappuzha district of Kerala, India. it is a coastal area of Arabian sea and lies west to Kuttanad, popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala.

Local Governance[edit]

Punnapra is divided into 2 panchayats:


Punnapra was part of the princely state of Travancore before the independence of India. In 1940s, Communist party developed a good influence among the workers in the coir industry and organised a strike for better wages. Sir C. P. Ramaswami Iyer, the diwan(prime minister) of Travancore intervened to resolve the labour issues, but situation worsened with the faction of workers demanding for Responsible Government, a political move against the rule of Sir C. P. Ramaswami Iyer. A landlord, Applon Aroj in Punnapra was given with police protection on demand and one demonstrator was shot dead in an agitation near to his house. A large number of strikers attacked the police camp, killed a four policemen and about 35 strikers were also killed. Government declared martial law and in the following army action about 300 people were massacred. The series of incidents is known as Punnapra-Vayalar uprising.[1] There is a memorial known as the Punnapra-Vayalar uprising martyrs' column and every year, a procession is held from Valya chudukad in Alappuzha to the memorial on the date.

Colleges in Punnapra[edit]


  1. ^ Thomas Johnson Nossiter (1982). Communism in Kerala: A Study in Political Adaptation. University of California Press. pp. 90–91. ISBN 9780520046672. 
  2. ^ http://www.cempunnapra.org
  3. ^ http://carmelcet.in
  4. ^ http://margregoriospunnapra.org/

,Vijayan Gramabhavan, Punnapra.PO