Ottapalam Town Bus Stand and main road
Location in Kerala, India

Coordinates: 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38Coordinates: 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38

Country  India
State Kerala
District Palakkad
Elevation 54 m (177 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 49,230
 • Official Malayalam, English
 • Spoken Malayalam, English, Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode 679001
Telephone code 0466
Vehicle registration KL-51
Temperature Range: 21.4°C -37 °C

Ottapalam (Malayalam: ഒറ്റപ്പാലം) is a town in the Palakkad district of Kerala state in India. It is also the headquarters of the taluk of the same name. Situated on the banks of the Bharathappuzha river (also called the Nila or Perar), it has a rich cultural heritage and has played host to many historic events. It is famous for having several films shot here. Even though a part of Palakkad district, it has a very different culture as compared to Palakkad, situated 35 km east to Ottapalam. Being headquarters of the taluk of 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 to India's railway network by Shornur-Palakkad Railway Line. The principal spoken language is Malayalam.


Ottapalam is located at 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38.[1] It has an average elevation of 54 metres (177 feet).


As of 2001 India census,[2] 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.[3]


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 Chennai route and Wadakkanchery 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, Pattambi, Guruvayoor, Mayannur (through the Ottapalam-Mayanur Bridge inaugurated on 22 January 2011)[4] and Thiruvilwamala.

Calicut International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore Airport are the nearest airports.



  • A.U.P. School, Kanniampuram, Ottapalam
  • A.U.P. School, Manissery, Ottapalam
  • T.R.K. Higher Secondary School, Vaniyamkulam
  • L.S.N Girls High School, Ottapalam
  • G.H.S.S(Government Higher Secondary School) East Ottapalam, Ottapalam
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ottapalam
  • N.S.S. K.P.T. High School, Ottapalam
  • Mannam Memorial, N.S.S. English Medium High School, Ottapalam
  • Carmel central school,kulappully
  • St.Pauls,Pattambi
  • Saraswathi vidyaniketan,Pattambi
  • St.Therasas,Shoranur
  • Gandhi seva sadan central school,pathripala
  • Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School, pathiripala
  • G.H.S.S Kadambur
  • N.S.S. Vengassery
  • Ottapalam Seventh-day Adventist Higher Secondary School Kanniampuram
  • Islamic Central School, Ottapalam
  • Lakshmi Narayana Vidya Nikethan(LNVN)
  • Amrita Vidyalayam, Kanniyampuram
  • Bhavans Vidyalaya, Thottakara
  • ALP School, Pookkottukavu
  • GLP School, Thanikunnu
  • AKNMMA Memorial High School, Kattukulam
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Munnurkode
  • Chalavara High School Chalavara
  • Kayiliyad ALP School Kayiliyad
  • Vallapuzha High School, Vallapuzha
  • KCM UP School Vallapuzha, Kuruvattoor
  • Orphanage School Vallapuzha, Vallapuzha
  • KPSMM Higher Secondary School, Varode
  • Sree Shankara Oriental High School, vayanasala (Sanskrit school)
  • Nanu Nair Smaraka kalakendram, Kuruvattor (kathakali school)]
  • UP School, Mannanur
  • Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Cherpalchery
  • Kuttikode English Medium School
  • Padinharkkara Junior Basic School Palappuram,Ottapalam
  • Ananganadi High School, Ananganadi
  • Government High School, Nellikurussi
  • A.V.M High School, Chunanghadu
  • T.M.U.P. School, Panayur, Vaniyamkulam
  • Technical High School, kulapulli


  • Al Ameen Engineering College, Kulappully
  • Allied Management College, Manissery
  • Allied Model College, Manissery
  • Chealchery Charitable Trust College, Cherpalchery
  • Seventh-Day Adventist college of Nursing, Kanniyapuram Ottapalam
  • Jawaharlal College of Engineering and Technology, Lakkidi
  • Lakshmi Narayana College, Palappuram
  • Lakshmi Narayana Women's College, Ottapalam
  • Markaz Oriental College, Pulinchode
  • N. S. S. College, Palappuram
  • N. S. S. Training College, Ottapalam
  • Nehru Engineering College, Pambady
  • RMCC Professional College
  • S.N College, Kulappully
  • Sree Dharmasasta College (Girls) Cherpalchery.
  • Vivekananda College, Ottapalam
  • Vishnu ayurveda college, kulapully
  • P.K Das Institute Of Medical Science
  • KTN college of Pharmacy,Chalavara

Technical institutes

  • S.V.I.T.C. Ottapalm
  • Khairath I T C Pazhaya Lakkaidi
  • Neosystems Ottapalm : Providing support on IT


  • Ottapalam Welfare Trust Ottapalam Eyecare Hospital
  • Semalk Hospital[5]
  • Valluvanad Hospital

Notable people

The following people were either born in and/or are residents of Ottapalam:


External links

  • Ottapalam Municipality website
  • AUP School Kanniampuramuu Ottapalam
  • Ottapalam Welfare Trust
  • Adventist Hospital Ottapalam
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