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Mavelikara (India)
Coordinates: 9°16′01″N76°33′00″E / 9.267°N 76.55°E / 9.267; 76.55
CountryFlag of India.svg India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
Named for Mahabali
  Type Taluk
  BodyMunicipal Council
  MP Kodikunnil Suresh
  MLAM S Arun Kumar
  Total12.65 km2 (4.88 sq mi)
 (2011) [1]
  Density2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)
  Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code+91-479
Vehicle registration KL-31
Nearest cities Alappuzha (43 km)

Kottayam (44 km)

Kollam (50 km)
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Vathikulam Devi temple
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CSI Christ Church
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Kandiyoor Sree Mahadeva Temple
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mattom Padippura
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Mullikulangara temple
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Chettikulangara Bhagavathy temple

Mavelikara is a taluk and municipality in the Onattukara region of Alappuzha district in the Indian state of Kerala. Located in the southern part of the district on the banks of the Achankovil River. [2]



The name Mavelikara is believed to be turned out from the words Maveli or Mahabali, the mythical king of Kerala, and Kara means land. This land is believed to be the place 'Mattom Mahadeva temple'where king Mahabali knelt before Vamana, offering his head for Vamana to keep his feet.[ citation needed ]


The town boasts about a rich historical and cultural background. The Chettikulangara Devi Temple, known for the Kumbha Bharani festival is located near the municipality. The place is home to one of the 108 Shiva temples of Kerala created by Lord Parashurama, the Kandiyoor Mahadeva Temple. It was also a major centre of trade and commerce in ancient Kerala and the erstwhile capital of the rulers of Onattukara. As a result of the close association with the Travancore Royal Family, Mavelikkara gained modern facilities well ahead of other places in the state. It is one of the oldest municipalities of the state. Even before India attained independence, Mavelikara had a super express transport service to Trivandrum.[ citation needed ]


As of 2011 Census, Mavelikara had a population of 26,421 with 12,070 males and 14,351 females. Mavelikara Municipality has an area of 12.65 km2 (4.88 sq mi) with 7,184 families residing in it. The average female sex ratio was 1189 higher than the state average of 1084. 7.7% of the population was under 6 years of age. Mavelikara had an average literacy of 96.9% higher than the state average of 94%: male literacy was 97.8% and female literacy was 96.2%. [3]

YearMaleFemaleTotal PopulationChangeReligion (%)
HinduMuslimChristianSikhsBuddhistJainOther religions and persuasionsReligion not stated
2001 [4] 284391350614933-70.940.9828.
2011 [5] 264211207014351-7.10%72.221.0426.490.



Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has a sub depot at Mavelikkara (Station Code: MVKA) which is one among the 46 sub depots in the state. The KSRTC sub depot at Mavelikkara has an inter state bus service which is operated to Tenkasi every day; 2 trips morning & evening via Kayamkulam, Kattanam.

The Municipal Private bus stand is located at Mitchel Junction with buses to Chengannur, Pathanamthitta, Adoor, Pandalam, Thiruvalla, Haripad, Kayamkulam, Changanassery.


Main article : Mavelikara railway station

Mavelikara railway station (Station Code:MVLK) is a mainline station in the Trivandrum Division of the Southern Railway Zone (India), with connections to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Mangalore, Bhopal, Guwahati, Nagpur and Jammu. Other nearby stations are Kayamkulam Junction railway station, Chengannur Railway Station, Haripad railway station and Kollam Junction railway station.


The nearest airports are Trivandrum International Airport115 km and Cochin International Airport (CIAL).127 km State highway SH 10 road start in mavelikara


Local industries in and around Mavelikkara include:

Several small-scale industries are present in the Industrial Estate (an initiative of SIDCO) located at Kollakadavu.


Lok Sabha

Mavelikara has its own constituency in the Lok Sabha. [7] Until the 2002 Lok Sabha Delimitation took effect in 2008, the constituency consisted of Chengannur, Mavelikara, Kayamkulam, Pandalam, Thiruvalla and Kallupara. Since then, the assembly constituencies have comprised Changanassery, Kuttanad, Mavelikara (SC), Chengannur, Kunnathur (SC), Kottarakkara and Pathanapuram. The constituency is now reserved for a scheduled caste candidate.[ citation needed ]

Kodikunnil Suresh of the INC has represented the Mavelikkara constituency since 2009.

State Assembly

M.S Arunkumar from the CPI(M) is the representative of Mavelikkara in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.


The cultural capital of Alappuzha is Mavelikkara. Mavelikara was once part of the principality of Onattukara and has been a centre of religious harmony, culture and arts for several centuries.[ citation needed ]

As a testament to its link to that flourishing centre of Buddhist culture, Mavelikkara is one of the rare places in Kerala where one can find the Statue of Buddha in Seated Position, which dates back to the 9th century AD. [8] Mar Ivanios, the pioneer of the Reunion Movement is from this holy socio-cultural land. He is from the Medayil Panicker Family situated at the center of the Mavelikara Town.

Notable people

Places of worship

Educational organizations


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