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Location in Kerala, India

Coordinates: 9°28′16″N 76°45′54″E / 9.4710933°N 76.7650384°E / 9.4710933; 76.7650384Coordinates: 9°28′16″N 76°45′54″E / 9.4710933°N 76.7650384°E / 9.4710933; 76.7650384

Country  India
State Kerala
District Kottayam
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 686509
Telephone code 91-4828- 21XXXX
Vehicle registration KL-34
Nearest city Kanjirappally
Lok Sabha constituency Pathanamthitta

Erumely is a holy place in Sabarimala Pilgrimage. This place is situated at the boundary of Kottayam District and Pathanamthitta district. But this place belongs to Kottayam District.


Erumely is on the Kanjirappalli - Pathanamthitta Route. A small river, Koratty(originally known as Manimala river), marks the entrance of Erumely town. Erumely is a small town in Kottayam District and Kanjirappally Taluk. It's situated very near to highrange.

How To Reach

Erumely can be reached through Mundakkayam, Kanjirappaly, or Ranni. People coming from Kottayam can be reached through Kanjirappaly.People from highrange can access Erumely through Mundakkayam or Kanjirappally. Pathanamthitta and Trivandrum people can come through Ranni. NH220 National Highway passes 10 km near to Erumely through 26th mile, which makes it reachable easily. Nearest Rail Heads: Kottayam, Chengannur, Changanachery Nearest Airport : Cochin

Eerumely pettakettu is one of the famous celebration over there.


  • From Kottayam: 49 km
  • From Cochin : 98 km
  • From Trivandrum :140 km
  • From Kumily: 70 km
  • From Kanjirappally : 14 km
  • From Mundakkayam : 13.5 km
  • From Raanni : 18 km


Erumely is the name extract from "erumakolli" (Killed the buffalo). Myth tells that Lord Sree Ayyappa Swami killed "Mahishi", sister of Mahishasur in this place on the way to collect tiger milk. Mahish means buffalo and "Eruma" in malayalam and hence the name extract "erumakolli". All Hindus who are going for Sabarimala Pilgrimage visit this place. There are two temples in this town of Lord Ayyappa and Famous Petta Thullal is there in November, December & January months. Erumely Nainar Masjid is situated opposite to Erumely Cheriya Ambalam. Ayyaapan devotes visits Vavar Swamy at Nainar Masjid before visiting Ayyappa Swami. Vavar is considered as the companion of Ayyappa. Devotes believe that Vavar swami is at the masjid. Devotes goes to Cheriya Ambalam from masjid. Then they will go to the Valiya Ambalam. The visit to Vavar Swamy and Valiyambalam is done in the form a dance known as Pettathulal. This is done by coloring self, holding wooden bows and arrows. The myth is that during the killing of Mahishi, the local tribals had helped Ayyapa Swamy and post the killing, they danced in joy. Pettathulal represents the joy amongst the people.At the end of the ayyappa season there is festival called Pettathullal where people from Ambalapuzha and Aalangattu will perform this. Ambalapuzha goes first and they will move to the Valiyambalam as usual. The Aalangattu will start this after the 'Krishnaparunth' and star is seen.

is called eruma


Erumley has its own culture and it's different from all other places with simplicity and unity of Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities.

Hindu Temple

Erumely is the gateway to Sabarimala . One of the important temples at Erumely is Sree dharmashastha temple.

Educational institutions

Devasom Board H.S.S, Vavar Memorial H.S.S, St.Thomas H.S.S, MT High School, are the well known Higher Secondary schools in Erumely. St.Thomas H.S.S is oldest school which is started 60 years ago. Crescent public school, Nirmala etc. are the schools without higher secondary studies. MES College, on the way to Mukkoottuthara is affiliated to MG University Kottayam. Assissi hospital and Nursing College are also in the same route. Amaljyothy Engineering College is the nearest Engineering college located at Koovappally.


The majority of people are farmers (the town is surrounded by rubber tree plantations) or business persons. Before it was a small town, now its developing, because of the Erumely Temple and its integrated, non discriminatory, society.

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