|• Municipal Chairperson||Suhara Abdul Khader|
|• Municipal Vice Chairman||Muhammad Ilyas (INC)|
|• Total||14.24 km2 (5.50 sq mi)|
|Elevation||24 m (79 ft)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Erattupetta is a municipal town located in Kottayam district of the state of Kerala, India, close to the place Aruvithura. It is located 38 km east of Kottayam, the district capital. Erattupetta Grama Panchayath was founded in 1964 and upgraded to a municipality in 2015.
The Historical Pilgrim centre St. George's Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Aruvithura is in the region.
The "Eraaru" part in all the variations of the names arose from the geographical location, where the two rivers (aaru) merge as single one and "Petta" means town. Erattupetta is situated in the foothills of High Ranges. Hence the place is also known as "the gateway of High range/Malanadu."
The "Eraaru" part in all the variation of the names arose from the geographical location, where the two rivers (aaru) merge as a single one. Erattupetta is situated in the foothills of High Ranges. 'Peta' means town in Dravidian languages. Earlier it was known as 'Erapoli' or 'Erapuzha'. It was the commercial capital of the Poonjar principality until 1949.
In the past, hill produce from the Cardamom hills were brought down by the Muthuvans for trade. Erattupetta is a trading centre for spices, rubber, areca nut and other agricultural products. Wagamon, a Hill Station, lies some 22 km east of Erattupetta. Erattupetta has a large number of expatriate population living in Gulf countries, especially in United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
As of 2001 [update] India census, Erattupetta had a population of 29,675. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Erattupetta has an average literacy rate of 90%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 76%.[ contradictory ] In Erattupetta, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Erattupetta can be accessed easily from north Kerala via the Angamaly-Muvattupuzha-Thodupuzha-Muttom route. It is well connected to Tamil Nadu via Kottayam-Kumali (K K) Road to Madurai through the nearest town Mundakkayam via Parathanam, which is 27 kilometres from Erattupetta.
It has an average elevation of 36 metres (118 feet).
Erattupetta is a municipality. The current municipal chairperson is Suhara Abdul Khader.
Erattupetta comes under the Pathanamthitta loksabha constituency and the Poonjar assembly constituency. Erattupetta is represented in the Loksabha by Anto Antony and in the state assembly by Sebastian Kulathunkal.
Planthottathil Chacko George, who served as the Members of Kerala Legislative Assembly for 33 years, is from Aruvithura.
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