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Kanakkary (Malayalam: കാണക്കാരി) is a small village in Kottayam district of Kerala state, India. The name Kanakkary is attributed to a lady who frequently visited the village to collect Kanam (revenue tax) in the pre-historic times.

Kanakkary is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Kanakkary is located in India
Kanakkary (India)
Coordinates: 9°42′0″N 76°32′0″E / 9.70000°N 76.53333°E / 9.70000; 76.53333Coordinates: 9°42′0″N 76°32′0″E / 9.70000°N 76.53333°E / 9.70000; 76.53333
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kottayam
 • Body Grama Panchayat
Population (2004)
 • Total 22,360
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN 686632
Vehicle registration KL-67
Nearest city Kochi
Lok Sabha constituency Kottayam
Civic agency Grama Panchayat

Distance from Kanakkary- Kottayam-14km Ernakulam-58km




Kanakkary is 72 km south of Kochi and 14 km north of Kottayam. Kanakkary is located 4.4 km from Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple and near the Vedagiri spinning mill. It is located eight km from the Mahatma Gandhi University campus and 8 km from St Mary's Forane Church, Kuravilangad.


Kanakkary has a famous Lord Krishna temple. Late Rev. Fr. Matthew Karively and his St. Jude's Chapel is on the Kanakkary-Athirampuzha road. Former Sub-Editor of Mangalam daily Adv. Bimal Nair, Late Former Chief Editor of Deepika, Joseph Karively, Malayala Manorama's Chief Photographer Late Victor George, Late Prof. Luka Mathen Karively are some of the prominent personalities from Kanakkary. Late Mr P.George, (Chengalam George) Puthenparambil one of the Adventist Writer, Who help to start Kanakkary Seventh-Day Adventist Church.Since 1960. He wrote several Books and dedicated to all Adventists. Late Sri.K.T Cherian KattakkayathilThoranam Vachathil, Retd Assistant Registrar of Co-Operative Societies, Kottayam District was the Chief Architect behind the formation of the Kanakkari Milk society and Rubber Farmers society.


The major road passing through Kanakkary is the State Highway 15 (SH 15), also locally known as EE Road or Ettumanur-Ernakulam Road, which links Cochin (Kochi) and Kottayam. Kottayam to Ernakulam railway line also runs through Kanakkary.


Govt High School Kanakkary which was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi boasts the biggest play grounds of the Palai education district. Kanakkary also used to have a famous Chirakulam (pond) which has been ruined since some time. Kanakkary was also known for its CSI Hospital (now closed) and also inaugurated Law College (managed by CSI) in hospital Jn: Kanakkary.


As of 2001 India census, Kanakkary had a population of 22360 with 10989 males and 11371 females.[1]


  1. ^ "Census of India : Villages with population 5000 & above". Archived from the original on 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-12-10. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)