Vazhakulam

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This article is about the town 9 km east of Muvattupuzha. For Vazhakulam (Thekke Vazhakulam) near Aluva, see South Vazhakulam.
Vazhakulam
Pineapple City
town
Pineapple and Rubber cultivations in Vazhakulam
Pineapple and Rubber cultivations in Vazhakulam
Vazhakulam is located in Kerala
Vazhakulam
Vazhakulam
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 10°06′43″N 76°25′49″E / 10.1118500°N 76.4301900°E / 10.1118500; 76.4301900Coordinates: 10°06′43″N 76°25′49″E / 10.1118500°N 76.4301900°E / 10.1118500; 76.4301900
Country  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
Government
 • Body Manjalloor Panchayath
Elevation 22 m (72 ft)
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 686670
Telephone code 0485
Vehicle registration KL-17
Nearest city Muvattupuzha, Thodupuzha, Kothamangalam
Lok Sabha constituency Idukki
Civic agency Manjalloor Panchayath

Vazhakulam lies east of the town of Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district on the Muvattupuzha - Thodupuzha road in Kerala, India. This town is famously known as Pineapple City[1] due to large-scale cultivation of pineapple. The town is the largest Asian pineapple market. Kerala Agricultural University established a Pineapple Research Station at Vazhakulam in 1995 to give research support to pineapple farmers. The pineapples cultivated in Vazhakulam has been credited with geographic indication. Today Vazhakulam pineapples are marketed as GI tagged products. Vazhakulam is part of Muvattupuzha Taluk Rice used to be the main crop of this area in the 1960s and 70s, but the advent of rubber cultivation saw many rice fields and estates being turned into rubber plantations.

The population of this area largely consists of Syrian Catholic Christians. K. M. George, the founder of the Kerala Congress, is from Vazhakulam.

Many Hindu families have also made this place their home. Among the famous Hindu temples in this area are the Lord Subramanya temple, Vallikkada Bhagavathi temple and Pudussery Kalari Bhagavathi temple located at Avoli.

This place always get confused with South Vazhakulam, a small town in between Aluva & Perumbavoor, representing Vazhakulam Block & Vazhakulam Panchayat.

Educational institutions[edit]

  • Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology, Vazhakulam [2]
  • The Bethlehem International Vazhakulam
  • Carmel Public School, Vazhakulam [3]
  • Infant Jesus High School, Vazhakulam
  • St. Little Theresas Girls High School, Vazhakulam
  • St. Augustine's Higher Secondary School (SAHSS), Kalloorkad
  • Vimalamatha High School Kadalikkad
  • St Thomas School,Vengachuvadu
  • St George's TTI, Vazhakulam
  • St Sebastian's HS, Memadangu
  • Govt. L P School, Neerampuzha
  • Govt. L P School, Maniyantharam
  • Chavara International Academy, Vazhakulam
  • St. Reetha's L.P. School, Theakkumala

Hospitals[edit]

  • St.George's Hospital Vazhakulam
  • Govt. Hospital Vazhakulam

Temple[edit]

  • Lord Subramanya temple
  • Vallikkada Bhagavathi temple
  • Pudussery Kalari Bhagavathi temple located at Avoli
  • Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Mangalloor
  • Bhagavathi Temple Kalloorkad

Churches[edit]

  • St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church
  • Carmel Monastery
  • Holy Family Church Bethleham
  • Zion Gospel Church & Ministries, Vazhakulam

Banks[edit]

Sports[edit]

Volley Ball Vazhakulam has a great Volley Ball culture. This town contributed many good players to the Indian volleyball. All the volleyball interests in this town is related to St. George's Volley Ball Club, Vazhakulam.

Places in and around Vazhakulam[edit]

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