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Varapuzha (Malayalam: വരാപ്പുഴ, anglicised Verapoly) is a northern suburb of the city of Kochi. It is a census town in Paravur Taluk, Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala. Situated around 15 km (9 mi) from the city centre and 8 km (5 mi) from Edapally, the areas lies in the NH 66 connecting Vytilla with North Paravur. Its specialty is that considerably large scale paddy cultivating area is situating western part of Varapuzha which is called Devaswompadam, specialised with Pokkali paddy cultivation and interim crop as fish cultivation locally called 'Kettu'. The common work of the natives are fishing and agriculture.

Varapuzha
വരാപ്പുഴ
Suburb
Varapuzha Bridge
Varapuzha Bridge
Coordinates: 10°06′41″N 76°15′27″E / 10.1113133°N 76.2575627°E / 10.1113133; 76.2575627Coordinates: 10°06′41″N 76°15′27″E / 10.1113133°N 76.2575627°E / 10.1113133; 76.2575627
Country India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
Nearest City North Paravur
Area
 • Total 7.74 km2 (2.99 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 24,516
 • Density 2,909/km2 (7,530/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN 683517
Vehicle registration KL-42
Website [1]

The Varappuzha Bridge (Near Historical Varapuzha Island) connects Varapuzha (Mannantturuthu) with the neighboring Cheranallur.

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DemographicsEdit

As of 2001 India census,[1] Varappuzha had a population of 24,516. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Varappuzha has an average literacy rate of 84%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 85%, and female literacy is 83%. In Varappuzha, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. Varapuzha was in news recently, when the theme song of the Indi commandos was pictured here at the backwaters of this Village, by famous director Piryadarshan.[2]

Worship CentersEdit

The majority of population belongs to Christian community. In Chirakkakom and Thevarkad most of the people belongs to Hindu Kudumbi and Konkani community.

Churches

  • St. Joseph & Mount carmel Roman Catholic Church, Varapuzha Island, ESTD - 1673 November
 
St. Joseph Mount Carmel Church - RC
  • St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, (1788 - Constructed - 36 acres in Manampady)- Puthenpally[3][4][5]
  • St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Varapuzha Island
  • Infant Jesus Latin Catholic Church, Thundathumkadavu
  • St. Mary's Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Thundathumkadavu
  • Christ The King Roman catholic Church, Christnagar,Chettibhagam
  • St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Muttinakam
  • St. Sebastian Kappela, Devaswampadam
  • Varapuzha Brethren Church, Varapuzha

Temples

  • Sree Mahadeva Temple, Thirumuppam
  • Sree Kattil Bhagavathy Temple, Mannamthuruth
  • Kuttikkattu Sree JayaDurga Temple
  • Sree Varaha Swamy Temple, Varahapuram
  • Devaswompadam Vanadurga Temple
  • Vishnu Temple Chirakkakom
  • Gurudeva Temple Mannamthuruth
  • SreeNarayana Temple Thevarkad
  • Murtuga Temple Thevarkad
  • Sree Narayana Gurudeva Temple Thundathumkadavu

Masjid

  • Muhayudeen Jumamasjid Mannamthuruth

Varapuzha Island InstitutionsEdit

  • Mortal Remain of Bishops & Archbishops Resting in Varapuzha Island St Joseph Mount Carmel Church
  • Mother Eliswa (CTC - Servant of God) Resting in Varapuzha Island St Joseph Convent
  • Varapuzha Landing Post Office (85 Years Above)
  • Varapuzha Island Health Center
  • Carmel Welfare Center (CWC) Varapuzha Landing
  • Marian Sneha Nivas (A Unit of Marian sneha bhavan Kochi) Varapuzha Landing - 683517
  • Casadel Riverwood (A Residential project with 28 Villas) Varapuzha

EducationEdit

Schools

  • St.Joseph Girls HS - ESTD. 1890 (Varapuzha Landing (Island)
  • Holy Infant Boys HS - ESTD. 1909 (Varapuzha Landing (Island)
  • St.George Higher Secondary School, Puthenpally
  • Infant Jesus LP School, Thundathumkadavu
  • Govt.U.P School, Chirakkakom
  • St.Joseph LP School, Mannamthuruthu
  • St.Mary’s LP School Muttinakom

MarketEdit

  • Chettibhagam market

LocalitiesEdit

Varapuzha(Varapuzha Landing P.O.),Thevarkad,vattapotta, Chirakkakom, Puthenpally, Muttinakom, Mannamthuruth, Thundathunkadavu, Chettibhagam, Devaswompadam,Olanad,Muttinakam

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit