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Yendayar is located in Kerala
Yendayar is located in India
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°36′0″N 76°53′0″E / 9.60000°N 76.88333°E / 9.60000; 76.88333Coordinates: 9°36′0″N 76°53′0″E / 9.60000°N 76.88333°E / 9.60000; 76.88333
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kottayam
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 686514
Vehicle registration KL-34, KL-35

Yendayar is a village in Kottayam district, Kerala, India that is totally surrounded by hills. According to local tradition, Mr. J.J. Murphy (known as JJ to his friends and Murphy Sayippu to the people) named the place, which was to be his home until death in 1957, after his mother and the local river. Yendayar is a combination of ‘yen’ (my) ‘thai’ (mother) and ‘ar’ (river). Murphy had come 103 years ago to the place which was a thick forest and had no name or people then. He had traveled a long way to reach there. There he established India’s first successful rubber plantation. He brought workers from near and far – Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.


Yendayar is situated in the eastern border of Kottayam District, 65 km from Kottayam, and around 11 km away from Mundakayam on the NH 220 (Kottayam-Kumily Road). All the buses to Elamkadu, Mukkulam & Vadakkemala are passes thru Yendayar. Mundakayam, Koottickal and Elamkadu are the nearest towns The Nearest Railway Station is Kottayam and airport is Nedumbassery.

Chelliyammal Kovil[edit]

This Famous Temple is located in Yendayar Town, The Goddess Chelliyammal is the main deity in this temple. Temple is consider as common to the Hindu devotees. Chelliyammal Devaswam is in control of covil's administration.


St. Mary's church also known as Velankanni Matha Church located in this town. St.Joseph's church is located in nearby J J Murphy Memorial School & Chelliyammal Kovil also.

Famous Surnames[edit]

Yendayar is the home for the famous Kavanavallil Family. The Family was relocated to yendayar in the early 70's. Late.Hassan Rawuthar and Aisha Amma (Ammachi) were very famous in Yendayar for their love and respect to the people of Yendayar.