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Coordinates: 10°56′25″N76°00′05″E / 10.94015°N 76.00147°E / 10.94015; 76.00147 Coordinates: 10°56′25″N76°00′05″E / 10.94015°N 76.00147°E / 10.94015; 76.00147
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Malappuram
  ChairpersonBushra Shabeer
  Total20.45 km2 (7.90 sq mi)
 (2011) [1]
  Density2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
  Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91483
Vehicle registration KL-10, KL-55, KL-65
Website www.kottakkal.lsgkerala.gov.in/en

Kottakkal (literally-Land of the Fort) is a municipal town in Malappuram district in Kerala, southern India having 32 wards. it is a part of Malappuram metropolitan area and a growing city in Kerala. [2] [3] The town is best known for the Arya Vaidya Sala, one of the top Ayurvedic health centres of the world. [4] Kottakkal is also a major growing commercial, educational, and healthcare hub in South Malabar. [1] The town lies on MumbaiKanyakumari National Highway 66.


Kottakkal is located 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of Malappuram, the district headquarters, and 14.5 km (9.0 mi) from Tirur railway station. The National Highway 66 separates the municipality from Edarikode grama panchayat on some parts to the west. [5] However, the fast-developing Kottakkal urban area is now spread up to different parts of neighboring panchayats such as Edarikode.

Kottakkal is known for its ayurvedic heritage, Arya Vaidya Sala. Adding to the cultural heritage, Kottakkal Pooram, The popular temple festival is celebrated over seven days during March–April. [6]


An Old Malayalam inscription which dates back to 932 CE found from Indianoor in Kottakkal mention the name of Goda Ravi of Chera dynasty. [7]

Kottakkal, formerly known as Sweta Durgam (the White Fort) in Sanskrit, Venkalikotta and Venkita Kotta in Malayalam, was a military base of the Kingdom of Valluvanadu earlier. [8]

Two swords, medieval European in style and finish, were discovered in a well from Kottakkal, in the year 2013. [8] The Zamorin of Calicut invaded the Kingdom of Valluvanad in 14th century CE and seized the fort at Kottakkal. [8] The Zamorin captuted the captaincy of Mamankam festival in the same period. Karuvayoor Moosad, who was the minister of Valluvakonathiri, based at Kottakkal and also the chief marshal and preacher of the Moopil Nairs, changed his seat to Puzhakkattiri when Kottakkal came under Zamorin. [8] It may be the forts and castles constructed by the Karuvayoor Moosad that were the origin of the name "Kottakkal". [9]

The Kizhakke Kovilakam, where the eastern branch of the royal family of Zamorin resided, is located at Kottakkal.Gradually, Kottakkal was annexed to the kingdom of the Zamorin of Calicut. [10] The Kizhakke Kovilakam, which was the eastern palace of the royal family of the Zamorin of Calicut, is present at Kottakkal. [11]

Arya Vaidya Sala was established in 1902. [4] The suburbs of Kottakkal were known as Changuvettikkadu and Eyyakkadu (now Changuvetti is developing as a twin town to Kottakkal).

Municipal elections

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Kottakkal town

The United Democratic Front won the first elections (held in October 2010) to the Kottakkal municipality. [12] K. K. Nazar and Paroli Moosakutty Haji of Indian Union Muslim League were elected as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairman respectively of the municipality. [13] Other major Political representatives in the Municipality include TP Subair and Nani of Left Democratic Front.

Kottakkal Municipality Election 2020 [14]

S.No.Party NameParty symbolNumber of Councillors
01 UDF UDF logo.png 20
02Independents No flag.svg 07
03 LDF LDF LOGO.png 03
04 BJP BJP election symbol.svg -783x768.png 02

Notable personalities

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Moody Evening

Basic information of Kottakkal Municipality

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Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala,Out Patients Block
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Government Rajah's Higher Secondary School, Kottakkal
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Puthur, Kottakkal
Area20.43 km2 (7.89 sq mi)
Taluk Tirur
Assembly ConstituencyKottakkal
Loksabha Constituency Ponnani
Vehicle Registration No.KL-55, KL-10 & KL-65
Neighbouring PanchayathsEdarikode, Parappur, Othukkungal, Ponmala and Marakkara
Post OfficesKottakkal, Puthoor, Indianoor, Pathayakkallu, Kuttippuram, Pandamangalam,
Pincodes676501, 676503, 676508
Kottakkal Municipality


Kottakkal Municipality is composed of the following 32 wards: [15]

Ward no.NameWard no.Name
1Changuvetty Junction2Choonda
3Kottakkal Town4Kottakkal Thazhe Angadi
9 Kavathikalam West10 Kavathikalam East
11Valiyaparamba12West Villur
13Pappayi14East Villur
17 Indianoor West18 Indianoor East


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