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Kadakkal Thiruvathira - A well-known festival ritual
Kadakkal Thiruvathira - A well-known festival ritual
Coordinates: 8°49′33″N 76°55′01″E / 8.825695752°N 76.91692471°E / 8.825695752; 76.91692471Coordinates: 8°49′33″N 76°55′01″E / 8.825695752°N 76.91692471°E / 8.825695752; 76.91692471
Country India
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91-(0)474
Vehicle registrationKL 81
Nearest cityKollam
Lok Sabha constituencyKollam

Kadakkal is a historic town located in the eastern part of Kollam district, Kerala. It is 44 km away from Kollam City, 44 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. State highway 64 passes through the town. The town is an important business centre and is known for its spice production and trade. Kadakkal is reachable through Nilamel, and is well connected through Anchal, Kilimanoor and Madathara. Kadakkal is one of the places which facilitates the easiest roadway access to the neighbouring state Tamil Nadu. The town is only 50 KM away from Tamil Nadu border.


Kadakkal is known for a long time and is the place where one of the notable movements of Indian independence movement took place. Kadakkal Riot Case is listed by the Home Ministry, Government of India as one of the 39 movements that led to India getting freedom from the British Raj.[1] It is known as the "Kadakkal Riot Case" and was led by Franco Raghavan Pillai.

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Kadakkal town is an important business centre. Kadakkal Chantha (Market) is famous, especially for its agrarian commodity business like coconut, areca nut, copra, tapioca, rubber, etc. . Kadakkal Panchayat is a Special Grade Panchayat.[2] It spreads over an area of 48.9 km2 and has a population of 30236 with 14221 males and 16015 females, according to 2001 census.[3] Pangode, Chithara, Nilamel, Ittiva, Kummil and Chadayamangalam are the neighboring Panchayats.

Tourist Attractions Nearby Kadakkal[edit]

  • Mattidampara, Kadakkal
  • Kannyarkayam,Thudayannur
  • Meenmutti Waterfall, Sambramom
  • Jadayu Rock, Chadayamangalam
  • Thenmala Eco Tourism Centre
  • Thenmala Dam
  • Palaruvi Waterfall
  • Kottukkal Cave Temple
  • Varkala Beach
  • Kanniarkuzhy Water Falls
  • Oil Palm India Estate, Chithara
  • Kadakkal Devi Temple
  • Kilimanoor Palace


Educational institutions ranging from lower primary schools to professional colleges ensure quality and affordable education to the students. The institutions are run by private management and government authorities. Kadakkal, actually, is one of the emerging educational hubs in Kollam district.

The partial listing as below,


  1. CPHSS, Kuttikkadu,kadakkal
  2. Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School, Kadakkal
  3. Govt. UP School, Kadakkal
  4. Govt. Town LP School, Kadakkal
  5. UP School, Kuttikkadu, Kadakkal
  6. Travancore Devasom Board School, Altharamoodu-Kadakkal
  7. Murukkumon UPS School, Murukkumon
  8. National Open School, Kadakkal
  9. Nehru Memorial Model School, Attupuram-Kadakkal
  10. Ex-Service Men's School, Attupuram-kadakkal
  11. SN School, Kottapuram-kadakkal
  12. Shanthinikethan Central school, kadakkal
  13. Mukkada LPS, Mukkada, Thekkil
  14. A.G.Public School, Swamimukku
  15. S.M.U.P.S.Thrikkannapuram


  1. SHM Engineering College, Kadakkal
  2. PMSA Arts and Science College, Kuttikkadu
  3. MSM Arabic College, Kadakkal
  4. GIMS MBA College, Kottappuram
  5. Jamia BEd College, Chithara
  6. APRM Teachers Training College, Chithara
  7. Mannaniya Banath College, Mukkunnam
  8. Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Kummil


  1. Sree Sailam Cine House 4K A/C, Attupuram, Kadakkal
  2. Sree Dhanya Cinemax 2K A/C, Kanjirathummoodu, Kadakkal


Kadakkal Devi Temple is a famous temple of this region.The uniqueness of the main Devi temple is that there is neither an idol nor a pujari. The temple is well-known for the Thiruvathira festival celebrated in February or March, and is one of the most attractive festivals in Travancore area. The temple festivities attract large crowds from various parts of the state. The festival is celebrated over a period of ten days programme. The main attraction of the festival is Eduppukuthira (Chariot). The deity is known as Kadakkal Amma and is considered a very powerful deity by the devotees. The ten-day "Thiruvathira" festival comes to an end with 'Kuruzi' (കുരുസി).


  • Kadakkal Bus stand (KSRTC & Private)
  • Nearest Airport is Trivandrum International Airport, which is 50  km away.
  • The town is well-connected with Varkala, Kollam Jn and Punalur railway stations.
Kollam Junction railway station

Places of Worship[edit]

  • Kadakkal Devi Temple, Altharamoodu
  • Kilimarathukavu Temple
  • Town Sree Madan Nada Temple, Kadakkal
  • Thrikkannapuram Sree Mahavishnu Temple
  • Arinirathumpara Temple, Altharamoodu
  • Kattukulangara Sree Mahavishnu Temple
  • Oonnankallu Temple, Kuttikadu
  • Thudayannoor Sree Arathakandappan Temple
  • Peroottukavu Sree Bhadradevi Temple
  • Govindamangalam Sree Mahavishnu Temple
  • Thrikkannapuram Church
  • Town Juma Masjid, Kadakkal
  • Palakkal Sree Chavarukavu Mahadeva Temple
  • Thekkil Sree Aayiravilly Mahadeva Temple
  • Kadakkal Jumua Masjid, Pallimukku
  • Ayirakkuzhy Muslim Jamath
  • Peringadu Juma Masjid
  • Thekkil Juma Masjid
  • Mukkoodu Juma Masjid

Cashew factories[edit]

  • Kottappuram
  • Paraikkadu
  • Puthukkodu
  • Karakkadu


  1. ^ Home Ministry, Government of India. "List of Freedom Movements" (PDF). Government of India. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  2. ^ Kadakkal, Panchayat. "Kadakkal Panahayat Website". Government of Kerala. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  3. ^ Census Commissioner, Home Ministry, Govt of India. "2001 Census - Population details". Census Commissioner, India. Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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