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Uthimoodu junction
Uthimoodu junction
Uthimoodu is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Country  India
State Kerala
District Pathanamthitta
Taluka Ranny
 • Body Panchayat
 • Total 5.64 km2 (2.18 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 3,428
 • Density 610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 689645
Telephone code 04735
Vehicle registration KL-03 , KL 62
Nearest city Pathanamthitta, Ranni
Lok Sabha constituency Pathanamthitta
Civic agency Panchayat

Uthimoodu is a village in the Pathanamthitta District of Kerala, in India.[1]

Uthimoodu is located on the main eastern State Highway SH-08 / Punalur-Pathanamthitta-Muvattupuzha Road). It is 9 km away from Pathanamthitta, 6 km from Ranny, 15 km from Kozhencherry and 7 km from Vadasserikara.

  • Assembly: Ranny
  • Ward No: 8,9 & 10
  • Literacy: 96.84%
  • Nearest railway station: Chengannur & Thiruvalla
  • Borders
    • East: Kumplampoika
    • West: Keekozhoor
    • South: Mannarakulanji
    • North: Mandiram


  • Origin and Evolution 1
  • Educational and Other Establishments 2
  • Economy 3
  • People and Community 4
  • Major places 5
  • Transport 6
  • Religion 7
  • References 8

Origin and Evolution

"Uthimoodu" means "at the base of Uthi tree (Indian Ash Tree, Lannea coromandelica)". There was an Uthi tree. The area around the present Uthimoodu was dense forest before the establishment of human settlements.The pioneering families were Mannil,Thekkepurayil(Olickel),Kalayil,Thengumkuttathil(Suresh Bhavan),Mankuthil and Thoppil, followed by Puliyodil, Pampakottu,Manappurathu, Maruthickal and Korattikkara. Uthimoodu Town celebrated their centenary on 1 November 2004.The world famous Sabarimala Sree Ayyappan temple is only about 65 km from Uthimoodu Junction.

Educational and Other Establishments

It is the second largest business centre in Ranny Panchayat. The main establishments in Uthimoodu are Uthimoodu Co-operative Society, Indian Overseas Bank, Krishibhavan, Milma, Chamathackal MTUP School, Uthimoodu MTLP School & Corner Stone International School.


The economy of Uthimoodu is primarily from agriculture. Besides rubber, which is the major contributor to the agricultural sector, other major crops are cocoa, coconut, tapioca and pepper. Non-resident Indians (NRIs) from Uthimoodu are contributing to the economy of the place in a big way.

People and Community

Uthimoodu is a place of great communal harmony. The majority of the people are Hindus (mostly belonging to the Ezhava caste) who work in rubber plantations and agricultural estates. However, a large proportion of land and wealth lies with the Syrian Christian families (predominantly of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church) who immigrated to Uthimoodu in the late 19th century.

Major places

The major places in Uthimoodu are Valiplackal, Valiakalungu, Dippo Padi, Nursery Padi, Maruthickal Padi, Velivayalpadi, Anakuzhickal, Kottamala, Karimkuttickal, Poikamon, Panthalathu Mukku & Chamathackal.


It is on the route from Ranni to Pathanamthitta about 6 km from Ranni and 8 km from Pathanamthitta. The place is centrally located between Pathanamthitta and Ranni, with good connectivity by Road. The nearest railway station is Chengannur, which is around 30 km from this place. Nearest Airport is Trivandrum(106 km) and Cochin (130 km). The newly proposed Aranmula International Airport is just 20 km away.


Given the immigration of several Syrian christian traders in the late 18th century, Mar Thoma Christians founded the Uthimoodu Marthoma Church in 1918. The Uthimoodu Mar Thoma church is renowned for its annual Olivu Mala convention (Olive mount convention) also called the "The Maramon Convention of the East" established by the eminent Christian evangelist, Sadhu Kochoonju Upadesi.

Other religious centers include the St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church, the Pentecostal Mission Prayer Hall, SNDP Mandiram and the Kottamala Shiva Temple which are all within a 3 km radius from Uthimoodu junction.


  1. ^ Indira Awaas Yojana
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