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Pathanapuram ( ) is an administrative division (taluk) situated in the Western Ghats in the Kollammarker District of Keralamarker state of Indiamarker. It covers a mountainous area of 248.32 km2 and has a population of about 160,000 people.

The area was rich in forest cover and had a roaming elephant population and other tropical wild animals. The name of the place "Pathanapuram"(malayalam language) can be translated as "ten elephants puram" ( malayalam :path=10 +ana=elephant +puram = town). A large part of the rain forests were cut down to create rubber plantations, but there still exists a considerable area of very dense tropical rainforest (achan kovil+thenmala etc.).

The after effect of the aforestation can be felt now. The local rivers have all been filled with sand due to top soil erosion; the ground water level has gone down considerably affecting the availability of drinking water for the local population in the summer period and there also appears to be a change in the temperature level.

The Main Eastern Highway (Punalur-Pathanamthittamarker-Muvattupuzha Road / SH - 08) connects the town to other major towns.

Pathanapuram falls in the spice belt area of Kerala and produces a wide variety of spices. The main source of income is from agriculture, and the main produce is rice, pepper, ginger, cashew nuts, tapioca and rubber.

Pathanapuram is 85 km away from Trivandrummarker and 43 km from Kollammarker (Quilon) Town. It also lies along the way to the famous Hindu Temple of Lord Ayyappa in Shabarimalamarker, which is located 89 km from Pathanapuram.

Pathanapuram has a mixed population of Hindus, Christians, and Muslims.

How to get there

- 1.From Thiruvananthapurammarker: (Recommended route) Proceed to Kottarakkaramarker via Kilimanoormarker through M.C road and then turn right and proceed to Kunnicode through NH 208. From Kunnicode,take left to Pathanapuram (Distance 89 km).- You can also reach Pathanapuram via Kilimanoormarker, Ayoormarker,Anchalmarker and Punalurmarker(Distance 88 km).- The shortest route from Thiruvananthapurammarker to Pathanapuram is via Kilimanoormarker, Valakom,Chengamanadu and Kunnicode (Distance 81 km)

- 2.From Ernakulammarker/Alappuzhamarker/Kottayammarker:- From Ernakulam, proceed to Kayamkulammarker via Alappuzhamarker through NH 47. From Kayamkulam, proceed to Pathanapuram via Adoormarker (Distance 152 km)- From Ernakulam, one can also proceed to Kottayammarker and then to Adoormarker through M.C Road and finally to Pathanapuram (Distance 147 km)

- 3. From Kollammarker :- From Kollammarker, proceed to Kunnicode through NH 208 and then take turn to Pathanapuram.- (Distance 44 km)

- 4. From Sabarimalamarker/Munnarmarker/Thekkadymarker:- From Sabarimala, Munnar or Thekkady, proceed to Pathanamthittamarker and then to Pathanapuram via Konnimarker. Sabarimala(89 km) is a famous pilgrim centre. Thekkady (132 km) and Munnar (230 km) are famous hill stations.

- 5. From Tenkasimarker: Proceed to Punalurmarker through NH 208 and then to Pathanapuram(71 km).


Railhead:Broad gauge:Chengannurmarker (42 km) or Kayamkulammarker (44 km) or Kollammarker (44 km).Metre gauge line: Avaneeswaram (7 km) or Punalurmarker (15 km) or Kottarakkaramarker(20 km).

Airport: Thiruvanathapurammarker International Airport (89 km) and Cochin International airport at Nedumbasserymarker (175 km).

Bus Services: Pathanapuram is connected to many places of Kerala by buses. Nearest main bus stations from where frequent services are available, are at Adoormarker (17 km), Kottarakkaramarker (17 km)

Places of Interest

  • Vazhappara waterfalls located about 6 kilometres from Pathanapuram in Mancode route.
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Educational and Charitable Institutions

  • University Institute of Technology (University of Kerala)(B.Com Computer Applications 3 main & B.Sc Computer Science)
  • Mount Tabor girl's high school (state syllabus)
  • St: Stephen's Higher Secondary school (state syllabus)
  • St: Mary's Residential School and Junior College (ICSE syllabus).
  • Al-Aman public school (CBSE syllabus)
  • St Stephen's College, Maloor (6 kilometres from here).

Charitable Institutions

  • Gandhi Bhavan, located 3 kilometres away from pathanapuram in Kundayam. It provides refuge for many disabled and poor people.


Pathanapuram Assembly constituency is a part of Mavelikkara Loksabha Constituency.

Important people

The late VALIYA THIRUMENI (His Grace Mar Thoma Dionysius) of St. Stephen's Church


Nearby landmarks

  • Nadukkunnu - Part of Pathanapuram
  • Manchalloor - Part of Pathanapuram
  • Kurumpakara - 4 km west from Pathanapuram town
  • Kundayam - Part of Pathanapuram 1 km from town
  • Puthuval - 3 km west from Pathanapuram town
  • Maroor - 3 km west from Pathanapuram town towards Adoor rute
  • Edathara - Part of Pathanapuram 2.5 km from town
  • Pidavoor - Part of Pathanapuram 2 km from town
  • Sathyamukku - 3 km north from Pathanapuram town
  • Kadakkamon
  • Salempuram - Part of Pathanapuram 1 km from town
  • Poonkulanji
  • Pathirickal - Part of Pathanapuram 1 km from town
  • Irupathiaaru
  • UdayonMuttam - Part of Pathanapuram 4 km from town
  • Punnala
  • Maloor - Part of Pathanapuram 4 km from town

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