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Top left:Vazhappally Maha Siva Temple, Top right:Anchu Vilaku Lamps, Middle left:Saint Berchmans College, Middle right:Saint Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Bottom left:Vandipetta Boat Jetty, Bottom right:Main gate in Nair Service Society Headquarters

Coordinates: 9°28′00″N 76°33′00″E / 9.466667°N 76.55°E / 9.466667; 76.55Coordinates: 9°28′00″N 76°33′00″E / 9.466667°N 76.55°E / 9.466667; 76.55

Country India
State Kerala
District Kottayam
Population (2001)
 • Total 51,960
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 686101
Telephone code +91 481
Vehicle registration KL 33

Changanacherry is a municipal town in Kottayam district in the state of Kerala, India, located 18 km south of Kottayam and 8 km north of Thiruvalla on the Main Central road. With a population of about 50,000, its population was already 36,000 as early as the 1951 census.


As of the 2001 India census,[1] Changanacherry had a population of 51,960. Males constituted 48% of the population and females 52%. Changanacherry has an average literacy rate of 86%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 86% and female literacy of 85%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. A large percentage of population from Changanacherry resides abroad in the Gulf, Europe and America.


Puthur Masjid (Puthurpally) and Pazhaya Masjid (Pazhayapally),Perunna Subramanyaswami Temple, Thrikodithanam Temple, Vazhappally Mahadeven Temple, St. Mary's Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Church, Parel Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, SNDP Branch No.1A, Anandasramam, The Asram was blessed by the footprint of Shri Narayana Guru, a famous saint and social reformer from Kerala. Anandasramam was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The notable worship centres near to Changanacherry are Ettumanoor Temple, Manarkadu Church, Chakkulathukavu Temple, Neerettupuram, Chettikulangara Temple, Mavelikkara, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple and Anikkattilammakshethram Temple. The Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Changanassery is the largest Catholic Diocese in India, established in 1887.


Changanacherry assembly constituency was a part of Kottayam (Lok Sabha constituency).[2] However, after the Delimitation Commission's Report in 2005 in order to retain Mavelikkara Lok Sabha Constituency, Changanacherry segment in Kottayam and the neighbouring constituencies in Alappuzha and Kollam districts were put together under Mavelikkara constituency.

Points of interest

  • Lakshmipuram Palace :- It was the residence of the thekkumcore royal family.
  • Changanacherry market :- It is one of the oldest markets of central travancore.
  • St. Mary's cathedral changanacherry : Famous for Makaram thirunnal (jan 24,25)
  • Kaavil bhagavathi kshetram, changanacherry
  • Juma masjid
  • Puthoor pally juma masjid : famous for chandanakudam

Educational institution

St. Berchmans College

The St. Berchmans College, also called SB College by locals, was founded by the first bishop of the archdiocese of Changanacherry, Thomas Kurialacherry (January 14, 1873 – February 6, 1925), in the year of 1922. It is now affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala and has been reaccredited by NAAC at A+ level. Currently the SB College has 16 departments and offers 35 courses for the students. Furthermore the SB College has its own chapel, library, digital library and a research center. The alumni of SB occupy important positions in different parts of India as well as foreign countries like the United States, Germany, Austria, Kuwait, Quatar, Doha and the UAE.

NSS Training College

N.S.S. Training college Changanacherry, Kerala was established in 1954 by Nair Service Society, the biggest corporate education agency in Kerala. It is an aided college affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and is managed by Nair Service Society. The college comes under the control of the Zonal Deputy Director of Collegiate Education, Kottayam. The institution is recognized by NCTE and accredited with B++ level by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. It has been rendering outstanding contributions to the society ever since its establishment in 1957.

St Joseph College of Communication (SJCC)

St Joseph College of Communication (SJCC), is the first university affiliated Media College in South India. SJCC is a Christian minority self-financing education institution affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. The college is the first of its kind in South India, offering career-oriented bachelor and master of arts degrees in Multimedia, Animation, Graphic Design, and Cinema & Television.

SJCC was founded in August 2004. SJCC was formally inaugurated by Sri Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala, in the presence of the founder, His Grace Mar Joseph Powathil (Archbishop Emeritus) on 2nd July, 2005.


Notable Person

Prof. K.Janardhanan

Rtd. Music College Professor K. Janardanan, an acclaimed Carnatic Music Vocalist. His formal music studies originated from the Swati Thirunal Music College, Thiruvananthapuram, chiefly under the tutelage of the late Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. He had served as Senior Professor in RLV Music College, Tripunithura and Swati Thirunal Music College. He was A Grade Vocal Artist of All India Radio. He died on 2nd July 2013 at his residence in Puzhavathu

External links

  • About Changanacherry
  • Archdiocese of Changanacherry
  • St Joseph College of Communication
  • St. Berchmans College
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