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Ottapalam (Malayalamഒറ്റപ്പാലം) is a town in Palakkad District of Kerala state in South India. It is also the Head Quarters of Ottapalam Taluk. Situated on the banks of the Bharathappuzha river (also called the Nila; old name was Perar), it has a rich cultural heritage and has played host to many historic events. It is famous for having several films here. Being headquarters of the taluk by the same name, it is one of the municipalities of the district. Chinakathoor Pooram held every year at Chinakathoor Kavu Temple is a famous event. It used to be a major town of Nedunganad and later became part of Valluvanad Taluk during the reign of the Zamorins of Calicut. Ottapalam is connected by Shornur-Palghat Railway line. The principal spoken language is Malayalam.


Ottapalam is located at 10.77°N 76.38°E.[1] It has an average elevation of 54 metres (177 feet).


As of 2001 India census Ottappalam had a population of 49,230. Males constitute 47% of the population and females 53%. It has an average literacy rate of 81%, which is significantly higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy is 84% and female literacy 80%. Nearly 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Ottapalam assembly constituency is part of Palakkad Lok Sabha constituency.

KINFRA IT Park, Ottapalam
    Ottapalam is going to be icon of the Modernized Kerala, with the upcoming KINFRA IT Park , Ottapalam at Palappuram/Lakkidi, Palakkad - Ponnani Highway. This is a central government venture, to boost regional infotech industry. The latest news  is that, the project may declared asspecial economic zone (SEZ)as stated by state industry minister.


    Ottapalam is well connected to a number of major cities in Kerala by road and rail.

    It has a major railway station in the Southern Railway network. Most of the major passenger and express trains stop here. It is a major station between Palakkad and Shoranur in the Konkan route andWadakkanchery in the Kanyakumari/Alapuzha route. There are train services to major cities of Kerala and the rest of India, particularly South India.

    The Palakkad-Shoranur (Kulappully) State Highway passes through the town. Government buses as well as private bus services operate between Ottapalam and other major towns such as Thrissur, Palakkad, PattambiGuruvayoorMayanur( through the Ottapalam-Mayanur Bridge inaugrated on Jan 22nd 2011) and Thiruvilwamala.

    Calicut International AirportCochin International Airport and Coimbatore Airport are the nearest airports.

    [edit]Nearest Places
      Sri Ramakrishna Nagar – 4 km South East on the bank of River BharataVaniyamkulam – 5  km away, en route to Guruvayur.Mannanur – 9 KM from Ottapalam (Diversion from Vaniamkulam towards south)Vallapuzha – 15  km away, en route to Vaniyam kulam Kayiliyad OR Kulappully Pattambi Ruote.Cherpulachery – 17 km north.Manissery- 4 km west.Palakkad – 34 km east.Palappuram- 4 km east.Pattambi – 20 km away, en route to Guruvayur.Shoranur – 15 km west.Thrissur – 50 km west.Ambalapara – 10 km north en route to Mannarkkad.Mangalamkunnu – 17 km north en route to Mannarkkad.Sreekrishnapuram – 21 km north en route to Mannarkkad.Poolakkaparambu – 1.5 km away from Ottapalam Town.Mayilumpuram – 2 km away from Ottapalam Town (Friends Sports Club).Kanniyampuram – 1 km west of Ottapalam Town.Lakkidi – 7 km eastThottakara 1.5 km NorthOttapalam – Cherpulassery 17 km Varode, 4th mail, Panamanna, Trikkadeeri

      [edit]Temples / Mosques / Churches
        Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Sri Ramakrishna Nagar (P.O), Ottapalam -679103. Near Meetna-Palappuram railway stationPancha-Mukha Shiva Temple, (Inside the Ramakrishna Ashrama Complex), Sri Ramakrishna NagarGadadhara Vishnu Temple, (Inside the Ramakrishna Ashrama Complex), Sri Ramakrishna NagarSwami Nirmalananda Memorial Temple, (Inside the Ramakrishna Ashrama Complex), Sri Ramakrishna NagarChinakkathoor Kavu templePariyanampatta Temple (also known as Valluvanad's Mookambika Temple), KattukulamKillikulangara Bhagavathi Temple (Killi Kavu), KanniampuramSrikurumba Bhagavathi Temple, ChorotturPuzhikunnu Sri Krishna Temple, OttapalamVengeri Shivan Temple, OttapalamSreeKurumba Bagavathi Temple,SRK Nagar,OttapalamSubath ul Islam Masjid,East Ottpalam, OttapalamHydriya Masjid, R.S.Road, OttapalamTown Juma Masjid, OttapalamSrirandumoorthi Temple, ThrikankodeKillilulangara Bhagavathi Temple, (Killi Kavu) ManisseryKillikulangara Bhagavathi Temple, (Killi Kavu) ThottakkaraChattankandar Kavu, VerodeSri Mulanjur Bhagavathi Temple, MulanjurKalari Temple, ThottakaraSree Vettekkaren Kavu, ThottakaraThiruvalayanad Bhagavathi Temple, ThottakaraParthasarathy Temple, ThottakaraMathoor Mana, Thottakara [3]Kalikavu Temple, PookkottukavuMathoor Mana, ThottakkaraNedungottiri Siva Temple, MayilumpuramChinmaya Mission, Palat Road, OttapalamKillikurissi Mahadeva Temple, LakkidiChergottu Kavu, LakkidiKoratti Sree Krishna Temple, LakkidiPanayoorkavu Temple, KadamburModhalapparakavu Temple, KadamburCherambatta kavu near Chalavara*Cheumulayankavu near KayiliyadMethrukovil Near KayiliyadKethrukovil Near KayiliyadMalolma Devi Temple, PanamannaChulliyolma Devi Temple, PanamannaAyyappan Kavu at ThottakaraSree Panamanna Sankaranarayana Swamy Temple, Panamanna, Ottapalam (6 km from Ottapalam town)Sree Kooradi Mahadeva Temple, Panamanna, OttapalamSt.Joseph Forane Church,Thottakara,Ottapalam.Pisharikkaluthrattil kavu devi temple,thirunarayanapuram,sreekrishnapuramkillikurssi kavu vana durga temple,kuruvattor,puthankulamAzhakottil Vishnu Kshethram, MannanurKarthyayani Bhagavathi Temple, Mannanurbhagavathi shethram, vaniamkulamAroorkavu Bagavathi Temple, ThottakkaraNeelikavu, MeetnaSree Kurumba Bagavathy temple, Meetna, OttapalamPuliyara Mahavishnu Kshethram, Kayarampara, OttapalamPuthiyedathu Vishnu temple, 19th mile, OttapalamPuthanalkal Bhavati Temple, CherpalcheryAyyappanKavu Temple, CherpalcheryVaniyamkulam brethren assembly

          Govt Hospital, Ottappalam,Ashwini Hospital, Ottappalam,Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, KanniampuramValluvanad Hospital, KanniampuramVishnu Ayurvedic, Kulappuly,Panjakarma Instt,Ayurveda Samajam, Shornur,Sevana Hospital, Pattaambi,Madina Hospital Vallapuzha,Care Hospital Vallapuzha,

            L.S.N Girls High School, OttapalamG.H.S.S(Government Higher Secondary School) East Ottapalam, OttapalamKendriya Vidyalaya, OttapalamN.S.S.K.P.T. High School, OttapalamMannam Memorial, N.S.S. English Medium High School, OttapalamSeventh-Day Adventist Higher Secondary School, KanniyampuramIslamic Central School, OttapalamAmrita Vidyalayam, KanniyampuramBhavans Vidyalaya, ThottakaraT.R.K. Higher Secondary School, VaniyamkulamALP School, PookkottukavuGLP School, ThanikunnuAKNMMA Memorial High School, KattukulamGovernment Higher Secondary School, MunnurkodeLakshmi Narayana Junior School, Near CPM Area Committee Office, OttappalamChalavara High School ChalavaraKayiliyad ALP School KayiliyadVallapuzha High School, VallapuzhaKCM UP School Vallapuzha ,KuruvattoorOrphanage School Vallapuzha, VallapuzhaKPSMM Higher Secondary School, Varodesree shankara oriental high school, vayanasala [Sanskrit schoolNanu Nair Smaraka kalakendram, Kuruvattor(kathakali school)]UP School, MannanurGVHS (Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School, CherpalcheryKuttikode English Medium School[edit]Colleges
              N.S.S. College, PalappuramN.S.S. Training College, OttapalamLakshmi Narayana College, PalappuramLakshmi Narayana Women's College, OttapalamVivekananda College, OttapalamOttapalam Cooperative College, OttapalamAllied Management College, ManisseryAllied Model College, ManisseryRMCC Professional CollegeNehru Engineering College, PambadyJawaharlal College of Engineering and Technology, LakkidiMarkaz Oriental College, PulinchodeAl Ameen Engineering College, KulappullyS.N College, KulappullySree Dharmasasta College (Girls) Cherpalchery.Chealchery Charitable Trust College, Cherpalchery

              Tinytots nursery school T.B.road ottapalam

              [edit]Technical Institute
                S.V.I.T.C. OttapalmKhairath I T C Pazhaya Lakkaidi

                [edit]Renowned people[edit]People, who enriched the lives of local people of Ottapalam area
                  Swami Nirmalananda (1863–1938), who was a direct monastic disciple of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna (1836–1886) died in 1938 at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Sri Ramakrishna Nagar, near Ottapalam. The ashrama is located on the bank of River Bharata and his sacred body was consigned to flames next to the river. A sacred samadhi-mantap is standing on that very spot. Later a memorial temple was built in the ashrama on his memory. It was Swami Nirmalananda who boldly came forward to rescue the some of the poor brahmins who were mercilessly excommunicated by the Brahmin-orthodoxy known as Bhrashtu. This was supported by the Maharaja of Cochin also. But Swami Nirmalananda not only saved them from excommunication, but also taught them to treat all Hindus equally irrespective of higher and lower caste distinctions. It was the Swami, who started early education among the Namboothiri women along with the local poor children. Swami Nirmalananda was one among the SEVENTEEN monastic disciples of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna. He was the first Assistant Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission, a position to which he was elected by the Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna in 1901 in the presence of Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902).Dr. K.G.Raveendran – Kannath Poduvattil Gopala Poduval Raveendran (1964–). Currently the Medical Director at Arya Vaidya Pharmacy – a 120 bed Ayurvedic hospital in Coimbatore. Legendary,brilliant,extraordinary, accomplished Ayurvedic physician. Traditional highly spiritual lineage and multifaceted personality. Winner of many honors and awards at the city,state and National level.Patient list includes whos who and luminaries from all walks of life. Dr.Raveendran was born in a traditional family of Ayurvedic Physicians. His father – Azhakath Gopala Poduval belonged to the Kuttencheri tradition, one of the limbs of famous Ashtavaidya Tradition. He imbibed the familial tradition with interest to master the science, had special training in traditional paediatrics from Padinjare Kunnath and traditional toxicology from Thripunithura Midukkan Thampuran. Due to the excellence in his medical practice, he was appointed as the Royal Paediatrician of the Thripunithura Palace that belonged to the Kochi kingdom. He was recognized by the Madhya Pradesh government and was awarded Fellowship by the National Ayurvedic Academy. Dr.Raveendran is the only Physician in that tradition now and has shown his paternal excellence even at a younger age, the credit of which is attributed by himself to his ardent spiritual practices. Inspired by his father who was and is the role model in his career, Dr.Raveendran joined Ayurveda College, Coimbatore in the year 1981. From the shores of the river Bharathapuzha, the river that carried the essence of Kerala’s cultural excellence, it was a spiritual migration to the campus that processed with vedic wisdom. Situated in the sylvan surroundings of the Western Ghats, the campus and the curriculum were conducive for positive development of an individual. The course was designed according to the ancient Gurukula pattern and was for 7 ½ years. He learned Sanskrit, Literatures, Ayurvedic texts like Charaka Samhita, Ashtanga Samgraha and Susruta Samhita, Yoga, Kalari from Gurus who were trained traditionally and institutionally. He graduated in the year 1989 from Madras University to qualify as AYURVEDA ACHARYA or Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. Dr.Raveendran went back to his father for final initiation for practising what he had learned. He also had an informal training in western medicine under an expert – Dr.P K R Warier. He joined The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Limited (AVP) in 1989 and started his career with a short training in the hospital – Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam and Research Institute – where he later became the Medical Director. He worked in different branches of AVP and contributed towards the making of these to the leading outlets of the institution. Last tenure was in the Ernakulam (Cochin) branch for a period of 5 years. There he used to see 60 to 120 patients each day, all, suffering from a range of conditions, acute and chronic. Some of the areas he became dependable as a result-oriented Physician were rheumatism, metabolic disorders, renal diseases and infertility. When the Chief Physician of AVP retired, Dr.Raveendran was the first and final choice to be sworn in for the same post. He joined Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam and Research Institute in 1998 and has been serving it since then. With the Blessings of Lord Dhanwanthiri who is the main deity of the temple located in the campus, he visits daily before starting his duties, the institution attained more name and fame since the beginning of his tenure. The former President of India Shri K R Narayanan was under his treatment since 2001 September had an intensive Ayurveda treatment under his care in May 2002 and after that awarded a Letter of Appreciation to him. Dr.Raveendran’s patients encompass Ministers, Heads of States and Nations,leading industrialists,celebrities and grateful patients from all walks of life from simple villagers to urban professionals whose lives he continues to touch and transform with his humble nature and healing hands.[edit]People who were born in Ottapalam

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Profile : Ottapalam (ഒറ്റപ്പാല ) is a town in Palakkad District of Kerala state in South India. It is also the Head Quarters of Ottapalam Taluk. Situated on the banks of the Bharathappuzha river (also called the Nila; old name was Perar), it has a rich.. more
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