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From top:Edappally Junction, Lulu Shopping Mall
From top:Edappally Junction, Lulu Shopping Mall

Location in Kerala, India

Coordinates: 9°58′37″N 76°16′12″E / 9.977°N 76.27°E / 9.977; 76.27Coordinates: 9°58′37″N 76°16′12″E / 9.977°N 76.27°E / 9.977; 76.27

Country  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 682024
Telephone code 91 (0)484
Vehicle registration KL-7
Climate Am (Köppen)

Edappally is one of Kochi's well developed areas and emerging as the most important junction of the state of Kerala. Its name in English literally translates as (Eda' , short for edaykku (Malayalam meaning occasionally; another meaning is "in between ) and Pally (short for Pally kolluka which means to Sleep or Stay in Malayalam).The Name is connected with Edappally palace where the kings of Edappally dynasty, which is also known as Elangalloor Swaroopam(The Edappally dynasty has the history of elevation of a temple priest to the royal position of a King. The founder of the Edappally dynasty was a priest of Thrikkakara temple and thus Elangallur Swarupam is one of only two Brahmin royalties in Kerala) used to "stay occasionally'" during their journeys. "Edaykku pallykollunna edam " thus became Edappally in course of time.Another interpretation is prevalent in connection with Edappally Church, Edappally-Edaykkulla Pally meaning Church in the Center"'. Edappally palace and the Edappally church is still the most popular affix used along with place, plot and family names in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra. The Pali word Pally means a non Hindu/ Brahmanic place of worship. In the ancient times it denoted a Jain or Buddhist shrine. Buddhism guided culture and society in the south for more than a millennium. The famous church in the centre is St. George's Church which is quite old and is a pilgrimage centre. It is said to be one of the fastest growing areas in the city of Kochi. Edappally was the seating place of the Edapally Rajas, the rulers of this place. Edappally was a Panchayath before getting included in Cochin Corporation. This is a place which comes partly under Thripunithura legislative constituency and partly under Ernakulam constituency.



The Cochin bypass connects Edappaly with Aroor which is an industrial town which is on south end of the city of Cochin. Bypass Junction in Edappally is the north end of the Cochin bypass which extends up to Aroor. This entire root is evolving into a major business hub with big-time stores and five-star hotels. Outlets of Mercedes, Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki,and many more foreign car companies are situated on the road. The world-famous museum of Kerala History and sculpture is also located in Edappally (outside the city limits). Thrikkakkara temple is only 2 kilometers away from Edappally Toll junction.

Two national highways NH 47 and NH 17 join the Kochi Bypass junction at Edappally. At Edappally, The National Highway 17 begins and continues up to Panvel, Maharashtra, in India. Edapally is also connected by rail, and there is a railway station at Edappally. Edappally Railway Over Bridge is ready for inauguration, and Inauguration will be in January 2012. It makes more convenient journey between Ernakulam Guruvayoor Route. that means in NH 17 (Panavel (Maharashtra) to Edappally (Kochi)._ Edappally Railway Overbrige was inaugurated on 4 February 2012. Edappally North (Kunnumpuram Junction) is the next main junction after Edapally junction, on way to Guruvayur from Ernakulam. Edappally Kunnumpuram Junction is the main junction to turn to Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences(Left Turn), Amrita School of Arts and Science (Right Turn), Manjummel (East Turn), Parur (Straight).


  • Oberon Mall – Oberon Mall is the first full format mall in Kerala, located on the NH bypass road, just a kilometer from the Edapally Junction. Oberon Mall is built over 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) and the building stands on about 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land. Oberon Mall also has the first multiplex theatre facility in Kerala.
  • Lulu Cochin Mall – Lulu Shopping Mall is the largest shopping mall in India, located in the Edapally neighbourhood of Kochi in Kerala.[1] It is built on an area of 17 acres, with the total area occupied by the mall alone at 2,700,000 square feet (250,000 m2). A premium five-star 300 room hotel managed by JW Marriott Hotels is located near the mall
  • Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram- consisting of a small children's park, two open auditoriums where programmes are organized almost every day, these programmes include various art forms, literary activities and other cultural items.
  • Raghavan pillai park- a small park near Ponekkara with a children's play area.
  • Edappally Railway Overbrige was inaugurated on 4 February 2012. Edappally North (Kunnumpuram Junction) is the next main junction after Edapally junction, on way to Guruvayur from Ernakulam. Edappally Kunnumpuram Junction is the main junction to turn to Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences(Left Turn), Amrita School of Arts and Science (Right Turn), Manjummel (East Turn), Parur (Straight). Kunnumpuram Central Residents' Association (KCRA), Ambedkar Road Residents'Association(ARRA), Mannam Road Residents' Association (ARRA) are the major Residents associations here.


One of the best hospitals in Kerala named Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is situated in Edappally North.

Punarnava Ayurveda Hospital is also at Edappally. Cochin Corporation Homeo Dispensary (Free Medicine) is situated at Friends' Library, edappally NOrth. Govt Ayurveda Hospital (Free Medicine) is situated at Manjummel near Edappally north Edappally Govt. Hospital (Free Medicine) is situtated at Devankulangara, Edappally

  • M.A.J.Hospital run by St.George Forane church

Places of Worship

Special mention has to be made about two places of worships of Edappally.

  • Edappally Juma Masjid:- More than 1000 years old.
  • The Edappally Ganapathy Temple is one of the most important Ganapathy temples in the state visited by devotees from all over the state. The temple is referred to in the Aithihya Mala of Kottarathil sankunni. Visiting time in the morning is between 5.00 and 7.30 AM. The members of Edappally royal family worship after these hours, since it is their family temple. During the evening time also the temple is kept opened. Ganpathy Homam and Unniyappam are the important offerings. Unniyappam is booked months in advance. Breaking coconut before beginning a project will see that it is completed successfully.[1]
  • Perandoor Temple, Thrickovil Sree Krishna Temple, Puthukkalavattam Mahadeva Temple, Punnakkal Bhagavathy Temple, Ponekkara Bhagavathy Temple are important places of worship. Elamakkara Lourdh Matha church is the other noticed worship place, which has a history over 100 years.
  • St. George's Forane Church of Edappally:- The St. George the dragon slayer is the presiding saint. It is under the control of the Syrian Catholic Diocese of Ernakulam. Praying at the shrine on the way on any journey is considered a necessity even by people of other faiths. The offering is simply candles and coins into the bhandaram. A new colossal church is nearing completion.

The famous temple,Edappally North Puthukkulangara Bhagavathi Temple and Puthukulangara Mahavishnu Temple is in Kunnumpuram Junction (Edappally North)


Changampuzha Smaraka Library and Edappally North Friends' Library are situated in Edappally. Edappally North Friends' Library celebrated Golden Jubilee in 2007 January. Education and Career Guidance Reference Library started as part of its golden jubilee celebration.

Edappally is now famous for Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram,[1] which organizes various cultural and academic programmes, which include Kathakali, dramas, music, children's programmes, Akshara slokas, various cultural meetings, discussions, etc. A Senior Citizens' Forum is well functioning attached to this Kendram. All these functions are organized at Changampuzha Park, wherein the Office of the Kendram exists.

Another famous institution at Edappally is Changampuzha Smaraka Grandhasala, a library established in 1950 as a memorial to the famous Malayalam poet Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, who is the famous son of Edappally (Changampuzha's tomb is situated here, which attracts several lovers of Malayalam language). This library is an outstanding one with a collection of about thirty six thousand titles and a reference section (approved as the Kanayannur Taluk Reference Library). This has an Art wing offering training in various types of dance items, music (vocal and instrumental), painting and drawing, etc. About six hundred students undergo training in these. Friends' Library and Reading Room is also an attraction to Edapplly, which is situated in Edappally North. It established in 1956. It is very near to Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School (Kunnumpuram School), Edappally North. Famous poet Edappally Raghavan Pillai studied in primary class at this school. Beside that there is also the M N F Gallery of Paintings and Sculptures.


Main educational institutions at Edappally are

  • Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS)
  • Amrita School of Arts and Sciences
  • Jai Bharath B Ed Training College Thrikkakara
  • Govt. Vocational and Higher Secondary School-Edappally North
  • Al Ameen Public school [2]
  • Govt. higher secondary School Edappally
  • St. George High School
  • St. Pius School
  • Campion School
  • Bharathiya vidya Bhavan Elamakkara

External links

  • Changampuzha park
  • News article on Edappally's past

References –

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