Main Eastern Highway

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SH KL 8.svg
State Highway 8
Main Eastern Highway
SH 8 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Kerala Public Works Department
Length153.6 km (95.4 mi)
Major junctions
South endNH744-IN.svg NH 744 in Punalur
Major intersections
North endSH1-IN jct.svg SH 1 in Muvattupuzha
Country India
State Kerala
Districts Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam
Highway system
State Highways in Kerala
SH KL 7.svg SH 7 SH KL 9.svg SH 9
Ghat section of The Main Eastern Highway MainEasternHighway Kerala.jpg
Ghat section of The Main Eastern Highway
Pathanamthitta town is on The Main Eastern Highway RingRoad Pathanamthitta City Main Eastern Highway.jpg
Pathanamthitta town is on The Main Eastern Highway
A sign-board that indicates the direction to Sabarimala. The multilingual board is written in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu language and English language Pathanamthitta-to-sabarimala.jpg
A sign-board that indicates the direction to Sabarimala. The multilingual board is written in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu language and English language
Large rubber plantations are generally seen along the Main Eastern Highway Rubber trees in Kerala, India.jpg
Large rubber plantations are generally seen along the Main Eastern Highway
A journey through The Main Eastern Highway is a refreshing experience MainEasternHighway01 Kerala.jpg
A journey through The Main Eastern Highway is a refreshing experience

The Main Eastern Highway is the lifeline of the high range townships of the Travancore region of Kerala state, India. It is also known as Punalur-Muvattupuzha Highway. Main Eastern Highway is categorized as State Highway - 08 ( SH-08 ) of Kerala. It is the second longest State Highway of Kerala covering a distance of 153.6 km. The districts it passes through are Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and Ernakulam.


It interconnects the townships of Punalur, Alimukku, Piravanthoor, Pathanapuram, Koodal, Konni, Pathanamthitta, Ranni, Manimala, Ponkunnam, Pala, Thodupuzha to the main intersection at Muvattupuzha merging to MC Road which extends northwards till Angamaly at NH 66.

Route description

Punalur - Nellippally- Mukkadavu- Vettithitta- Pandakasala - Alimukku- Poovannummoodu- Piravanthoor - Vazhathoppu- Kadakkamon- Pallimikku Junction -Pathanapuram - Kallumkadavu Junction (joins SH 05) - Kalanjoor - Koodal - Konni - Kumbazha (Pathanamthitta, meets T.K.Road / SH - 07) - Mylapra - Mannarakulanji - Uthimmoodu - Mandiram - Ranni - Makkapuzha - Ponthanpuzha - Karikkattoor - Manimala - Cheruvally - Ponkunnam - Elamgulam -Paika- Pala - Thodupuzha - Vazhakulam - Nirmala College junction - Muvattupuzha(joins MC Road -SH 01) The economy of the High-Ranges of South and Central Kerala largely depends on the Main Eastern Highway. The main trunk road to Sabarimala, Kerala's Largest Pilgrim Centre starts from Main Eastern Highway near Pathanamthitta. Though it is the shortest route to Angamaly and Northern Kerala townships from Punalur, (The Second Largest City of Kollam District) and in turn from the Tamil Nadu townships Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi. It is not developed to its capacity. It acts as a parallel road to the Main Central Road. (M.C.Road/SH-01). It is also the Shortest route to the Kerala State Capital Thiruvananthapuram from Kumali and other major townships of Idukki district Like Munnar, Kattappana, Thodupuzha, Moolamattam, Nedumkandam etc.

Townships on the Main Eastern Highway

The townships Punalur, Alimukku, Piravanthoor, Pathanapuram, Koodal, Konni, Kumbazha, Ranni, Manimala, Ponkunnam, Pala, Thodupuzha, Muvattupuzha comes under the Main eastern highway road


KSTP Project

The upgrading work of Punalur -Ponkunnam-Thodupuzha stretch is currently under progress as part of the World Bank funded Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP). [1]

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