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From top to bottom: Entrance arch of Petta Sree Dharmasastha Temple, Vavar Juma Masjid
Gateway to Sabarimala, Land of religious harmony
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Erumely (India)
Coordinates: 9°28′16″N76°45′54″E / 9.4710933°N 76.7650384°E / 9.4710933; 76.7650384
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Kottayam
  Type Grama Panchayat
  BodyErumely grama panchayat
  Total92.67 km2 (35.78 sq mi)
68 m (223 ft)
  Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
  Official Malayalam
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code04828
Vehicle registration (extended list)
Nearest cities Kanjirappally
Lok Sabha constituency Pathanamthitta
Literacy 94%
Sex ratio 1049/

Erumely, also spelt Erumeli, is a town and panchayat located in the south-eastern part of Kottayam district in Kerala state, India. Erumely is situated 49 km (30 mi) east of Kottayam town and 133 km (83 mi) north of capital city Thiruvananthapuram. It is situated on the way to Sabarimala and during pilgrimage season, Erumely and its surroundings will be crowded by devotees from different parts of Kerala as well as other states. Erumely is also renowned for its religious harmony and prosperity between Hindus and Muslims which existed from the early periods. It is a place which have strong roots in legends and myths associated with Hindu deity Ayyappa. A new airport has been proposed in Erumeli. The village is nourished by Manimala River.



Erumely is the name extracted from Erumakolli ("killed the buffalo"). A myth tells that Lord Ayyappa killed "Mahishi" in this place on the way to collect a tiger's milk. Mahish means buffalo and "Eruma" in Malayalam and hence the name extract "erumakolli".


Erumely is on the Kanjirappally - Pathanamthitta Route. A small river, Koratty (originally known as Manimala River), marks the entrance of Erumely town, which is exactly 14 km from Mundakayam, the gate of Highrange area. World Malayalee association has chosen Erumely as one of the three places in kottayam and pathanamthitta to set up the fifth airport in kerala and proposal is pending for approval. Perunthenaruvi Falls, the scenic waterfall near Vechoochira is located about 13 km (8.1 mi) from Erumely. Cheruvally estate also provides a great experience.


As of 2011 India census, Erumely had a population of 43,437 in which 21199 are males and 22230 are females. Average sex ratio is 1049, which is lower than the state average of 1084. The literacy rate of males is 97.53% and 95.71% for females. [1]


The panchayath of Erumely was formed on 15 August 1953. It spreads over an area of 82.36 km2 with 40% of forest coverage. It is surrounded by Parathodu, Kanjirappally and Mundakkayam panchayaths in north, Chittar panchayath in east and south, Manimala, Chirakkadavu panchayaths in west. [2] The panchayath is divided into 23 wards for its administrative convenience.

Wards in Erumely panchayath

Pazhayidom Chenappady
Kizhakkekkara Cheruvally estate
Kanamala Umikkuppa
Mukkoottuthara Muttappally
PambavalleyErumely town
Poriyan malaKanakappalam


The majority of the people are farmers (the town is surrounded by rubber tree plantations) or are in business. Before it was a small town, now its undergoing developments, because of the temple, Masjid and its integrated, non-discriminatory society.

Important festivals

Erumely Pettathullal

The "Pettathullal" or ritual dance associated with the killing of the demoness Mahishi, hosted in the Malayalam months of Vrishikam and Dhanu (December and January) is the most noted festival in Erumely.


This is another important festival which is conducted as a preliminary event to the historic pettathullal. The festival starts from the mosque with the "Malisa" procession.


The climate of Erumely is classified under Köppen. The place remains humid throughout the year with an annual temperature of 31 °C. Among the months, March and April are the hottest. The south west monsoon arrives from mid May to August providing significant amount of rainfall. The average annual rainfall here is 2620 mm. Winter normally starts from December to February.

Climate data for Erumely, Kerala
Mean daily maximum °C (°F)31.1
Mean daily minimum °C (°F)22.1
Average precipitation mm (inches)22
Source: [3]


Erumely is the gateway to Sabarimala. One of the important temples at Erumely is Sree Dharmashastha temple. Vavar masjid is also located very near to Sree Dharmashastha temple. Assumption Forane church, under the Syro Malabar Catholic diocese of Kanjirapally, one of the major churches in Kottayam district, is also located here.

Places of worship

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Erumely Valiyambalam
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Arch gate of Petta Sastha temple
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Vavar mosque

Educational institutions

St. Thomas H.S.S, Devasom Board H.S.S, Vavar Memorial H.S.S, and MT High School are the well known higher secondary schools in Erumely. St. Thomas H.S.S started in 1937, and is under the Erumely Forane Church. MTHS Kanakappalam started in 1936. the oldest school in this area is MTHS, Kanakappalam Nirmala Public School, Shermount Public School are the schools without higher secondary studies. MES College, on the way to Mukkoottuthara and Shermount College of Arts and Commerce which is located 2 km away from Erumely town. Both colleges are affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Assisi Hospital and Nursing College is also at Mukkoottuthara. Amaljyothy Engineering College, under the Syro-Malabar Catholic diocese of Kanjirapally, is in nearby Koovappally. Sree Sabareesa College is an Aided arts and science college is located at Murikkumvayal, Mundakayam. This college is located at Erumely district panchayath division. Sree Sabareesa college is the first aided college in India under a tribal management



Erumely can be approached through Mundakkayam, Kanjirappally, Manimala, Kanamala, Ponkunnam, Vechoochira, or Ranni. People coming from Kottayam can reach through Kanjirappally. People coming from Kochi can reach through Thripunithura, Pala, Ponkunnam, Vizhikkithodu. People from the Highranges can access Erumely through Mundakkayam - Erumely state highway. From the capital city Trivandrum, Erumely is accessed through Ranni. NH220 National Highway passes 10 km near to Erumely through 26th mile, which makes it reachable easily.


Nearest Rail Heads are Kottayam, Chengannur, Changanassery, and Thiruvalla.


Cochin International Airport (119 km) and Thiruvananthapuram Airport (140 km) are the nearest airports. Believers Church informed Pinarayi the consent to hand over land for Sabarigiri International airport. The airport at Cheruvally is approved by both governments and may expect to start soon. [6]

On 19 July 2017, the Kerala Government has announced the construction of Airport at Cheruvally Estate of Harrisons Plantations near Erumely, to facilitate travel of Sabarimala pilgrims. [7]

Proposed airport

State and central governments have approved an airport for Sabarimala and Cheruvally estate near Erumely is one among three sites. The other sites were government sites and whether Cheruvally is a government land or not will be announced by court in a year. The case is in court. If implemented, it will be a green field airport with no industries or commercial building allowed with a huge radius of 50 km or more. The name of the proposed airport is Sabarigiri International Airport or shortened as "SABARI AIRPORT".

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