Kottarakkara (IAST: Koṭṭārakkara), also transliterated as Kottarakara, is a vast developing town and municipality in Punalur Revenue Division and Kollam (formerly known as Quilon) District, in Kerala state, India. The town is close to Kollam Port, which has a rich history linked to the early medieval period as well as a reputation as an important commercial, industrial and trading center. Kottarakkara lies 27 kilometres (17 mi) to the east of Kollam city centre.
Pulamon Junction in Kottarakara town
|• Body||Kottarakkara Municipality|
|• Total||17 km2 (7 sq mi)|
|• Total||46,366(as of 2,011)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Nearest city||Kollam , Punalur|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Mavelikara|
|Civic Agency||Kottarakara Municipality|
Kottarakkara, also known in the ancient days of the kings as the Elayadathu Swarupam, was a principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore Royal Family. It is the home of Kathakali, a well known dance drama which originated initially as Ramanattam created in the 17th century by Prince Kottarakkara Thampuran and later patronized by the Raja of Kottarakkara in the early 19th century absorbing other dance forms of Krishnattam with further innovations.
Kottarakkara, a compound word made up of the words Kottaram, meaning "palace", and kara meaning "land", literally means "land of palaces". The area which had several palaces was thus named "Kottarakkara."
Kottarakkara is a small principality close to Kollam. As a taluk headquarters, it has six panchayats and other small towns. It is surrounded by several other towns.
Towns and Villages in Kottarakara TalukEdit
- Kareepra- Edakkidom
|Climate data for Kottarakkara, Kerala|
|Average high °C (°F)||30.4
|Average low °C (°F)||22.4
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||17
Kottarakara Assembly Constituency is one among the 11 assembly constituencies in Kollam district. Adv P. Aisha Potty is the present MLA from Kottarakkara constituency. Kottarakkara comes under Mavelikkara (Lok Sabha constituency), that represents a large area including Kottarakkara, Mavelikkara, Changanasseri, spread in Kollam, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.
E Chandrasekaran Nair (CPI), D.Damodaran Potti (PSP), R.Balakrishna Pillai (Kerala Congress), E.Chandrasekaran Nair (CPI), C.Achutha Menon (CPI), Kottara Gopalakrishnan (INC) and R.Balakrishna Pillai (Kerala Congress - B) are the former elected members represented Kottarakara Assembly Constituency in the past.
NH 208 (Kollam to Thirumangalam) meets the MC road (Thiruvananthapuram to Angamaly) at Kottarakkara. Kottarakkara is linked with Kollam (the district headquarters), both by road and rail, at a distance of 27 km. It is 72 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram (the capital of Kerala) and 80 km to the south of Kottayam. 
Kottarakara has one of the Kerala's well connected KSRTC Hub, consist of various services across almost all the parts of kerala and interstate services. Local routes are connected by private bus services as well as State Transport. It is well connected to the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram by KSRTC Fast Passenger, super fast, deluxe, a/c buses. Buses are also ply to the district headquarters of Kollam and Pathanamthitta and to towns in Tamil Nadu like Coimbatore, Tenkasi and Sengottai and Daily trips to Mookambika, Munnar, Bangalore, Kumali, Ooty, kanyakumari, nagercoil, thirunelveli, palani
Kottarakara railway station is located on the Kollam-Sengottai railway line. Kottarakara railway station, which currently connects to Kollam, Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Madurai, Nagercoil, Paravur, Tirunelveli, Guruvayur, Varkala and Punalur through the direct passenger, fast passenger and express train services. There are eight pairs of services right now and heard that many more services would be inducted in this route since the Punalur-Schengotta ghat section has been closed for Broad Gauge conversion. Once the conversion is over, this will serve as the shortest route from Kollam to Chennai and from Kollam Port & Cochin Port to Tuticorin Port. Further, a new line from Chengannur to Thiruvananthapuram via Adoor and Pandalam is awaiting survey. Adoor will become a junction once the new line materializes.
- Lalithambika Antharjanam, novelist
- Veliyam Bharghavan, Sahavu, Former General Secretary, Communist Party of India
- Kakkanadan, novelist
- Bobby Kottarakkara, Malayalam actor
- K. B. Ganesh Kumar, actor and politician --
- Murali (1954–2009), Malayalam actor
- Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair (1922–1986), actor
- R. Balakrishna Pillai, Former Minister, MLA, MP and Panchayat President, Chairman of the Kerala Congress.
- Saikumar, Malayalam actor
- Salim Yusuf  - Physician, cardiologist and epidemiologist.
Schools and CollegesEdit
- Seventh day Adventist higher Secondary School, Karickom, Kottarakara
- Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kottarakkara
- St.Mary's Higher Secondary School, Kottarakara
- Mar Baselios English Medium School, Kottapuram,
- Carmel Residential Senior Secondary School, Kadalavila, Kottarakara
- Mar Gregorios memorial residential public school, Mylom,
- Sri Vidyadhiraja Memorial Model HSS, Vendar, Kottarakara.
- Govt. Boys' Higher Secondary School, Kottarakara,
- St. Gregorios High School, College Junction, Kottarakara,
- St. Gregorios Higher Secondary School, College Junction, Kottarakara
- Marthoma Girls' Higher Secondary School, Kottarakara
- St. Gregorios College
- University Institute of Technology (UIT)
- IHRD College of Engineering, Thrikkannamangal
- BRM Central School,Chengamanadu
- Mercy college of Nursing, Valakom
- Vijaya Nursing College
- Sree Sankara Sanskrit Vidhyapeedom, Edakkidam (ഇടയ്ക്കിടം)
- Evhss neduvathoor
- Karikom International Public School - Karikom, Kottarakara
- Govt. Highersecondary School, Sadanandapuram, Kottarakara,
- Marthoma High School, Valakom, Kottarakara
- RVHS Higher Secondary School, Valakom, Kottarakara
- GLPS,Valakom, Kottarakara
- GLPS,Panavely, Kottarakara
- Govt. Highersecondary School, Vettikavala, Kottarakara,
- Govt. LPS,Vettikavala, kottarakkara
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