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Varapuzha is located in Kerala
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
 • Total 7.74 km2 (2.99 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 24,516
 • Density 2,909/km2 (7,530/sq mi)
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 683517
Vehicle registration KL-42
Website [1]

Varapuzha (Malayalam: വരാപ്പുഴ, anglicised Verapoly) is a Northern town of Cochin city. It is a census town in Paravur Taluk, Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala. The nearest town is North Paravur 8 km away. The village is situated 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 villagers are Fishing and Agriculture.


Varapuzha Carmelite Church : This church was established by Missionaries of Carmelite. This church was the prime centre of Kerala's Roman Catholic Church as Varapuzha was the base of foreign missionaries in India.

There are various theories which suggest that the name Varapuzha came from the word 'Varaha'(tortoise) which is a type of fish found in large quantities in the nearby river. Another theory suggests that the name came from the ancient VARAHA temple situated on the bank of Varapuzha. PUZHA ('Puzha' means river in Malayalam) and hence the name originated from VARAHA and PUZHA (River)(Ref.: Late Cheekku sir brother of wellknown Sri T M Chummar) Varapuzha church has played a significant role in the upheaval of the surrounding areas, especially in education and health sectors.

In the recent past, people from different parts of Kerala have started migrating to Varapuzha due to its connectivity to important parts of Kochi. With NH17 and container road nearby, it is well connected with a short drive to all the important parts of Kochi - Schools like Rajagiri, Vidya Bhavan and St Joseph's, Hospitals like Aster and Amritha, Shopping malls like Lulu and Oberon and Star hotels like Hyatt and Marriott. A major Villa project Casadel Riverwood has come up in this town and is an excellent accommodation choice for people who are newly migrating here.

The Varappuzha Bridge connects Varappuzha with the neighboring Cheranallur.


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 Centers[edit]

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


  • St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Puthenpally[3][4][5]
  • St.Joseph & Mount carmel Church Varapuzha
  • St. Thomas church varapuzha
  • Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Thundathum Kadavu
  • St.Mary's Syro-Malabar Catholic Church,Thundathumkadavu
  • Karmel Mewnet Church Varapuzha
  • Christ nagar Church Chetibhagam
  • St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church,Edampadam Varapuzha
  • St. Sebastian Kappela, Devaswampadam


  • Sree Kattil Bhagavathy Temple, Mannamthuruth
  • Kuttikkattu Sree JayaDurga Temple
  • Sree Varaha Swamy Temple
  • Devaswompadam Vanadurga Temple
  • Vishnu Temple Chirakkakom
  • Gurudeva Temple Mannamthuruth
  • SreeNarayana Temple Thevarkad
  • Murtuga Temple Thevarkad


  • Muhayudeen Jumamasjid Mannamthuruth



  • St.George Higher Secondary School, Puthenpally
  • Govt.U.P School, Chirakkakom
  • St.Joseph LP School, Mannamthuruth
  • Holy Infant Boys HS, Edampadam
  • St.Joseph Girls HS, Edampadam
  • Infant Jesus LP School, Thundathum kadav
  • St.Mary’s LP School Muttinakom


There are frequent bus services plying between Ernakulam, Kadamakkudy islands with North Paravur.

  • Parur – Vytilla NH66
  • Varapuzha - Kadamakkudy road
  • Parur(Kottuvally) - Chennur - Chittur Ernakulam road

Notable People[edit]

  • M.P.Paul
  • Rosy Thomas
  • Pappan - Famous Volleyball Player
  • V.M.Venkateswara Pai- The famous Communist
  • T.M.Chummar
  • Thenamkodath Jose Sir
  • Adv. A.J.R Varghese


Varapuzha(Edampadam),Thevarkad,vattapotta, Chirakkakom, Puthenpally, Muttinakom, Mannamthuruth, Thundathunkadavu, Chettibhagam, Devaswompadam,Olanad,Muttinakam

See also[edit]


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121 news items

Times of India
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 23:29:49 -0800

KOCHI: The North Paravoor police on Tuesday held a 20-year old who raped a seven-year-old girl. The arrested has been identified as Manu of Kada makkudy near Varappuzha.The police said that the accused had lured the class II student to his house and ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:19:06 -0700

Priests under a Catholic archdiocese have decided to preach organ donation and practise it. Priests of Catholic archdiocese of Varappuzha have pledged to be organ donors as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 23:33:45 -0700

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) which has taken over the NH-17 from PWD has decided to effect a fivefold increase in toll rates at the Varapuzha bridge. According to reports, the increased rate would come into force from Tuesday midnight.

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:11:15 -0700

A large number of wading birds can be spotted at Kadamakkudy and Devaswomppadam, near Varappuzha; Kuthirakkoorkari, Kalathara and Kandakkadavu, near Palluruthy and on the beaches. Mudkundan Kizhakkemadham, a birder in Edappally, said he ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:00:00 -0800

Fort Kochi and corrosponding areas such as Mattanchery, Chellanam, Pukkattupadi, Palluruthy, Edakochi, Tripunithura, Maradu, Vennala, Kakkanad, Varappuzha, Cheranellore, Manjummel and Cherai are the worst affected regions with the most frequent trip ...
The Hindu
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:33:14 -0800

Those interested in running Akshaya centres in Rayamangalam, Vengola, Pindimana, Kanjoor, Payipra, Kunnathunadu, Alangad, Varappuzha, Koovappady panchayats, Eloor municipality and 15 centres in Kochi Corporation can make an online application ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:45:00 -0800

The 1.5-km creek begins near Merchem and HIL and merges with the backwaters at Varappuzha, which flows into the Periyar and finally to the Vembanad lake. It is contaminated with huge deposits of heavy metals and organic pollutants. Investigations have ...


Mon, 14 Sep 2015 23:33:45 -0700

Varappuzha: Are you planning on a tour which is off the touristy paths? Kadamakkudi could be the place for you. Kadamakkudi's island sights and backwater stretches beckon tourists to enjoy the splendor of interior backwaters. The tourism department has ...

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