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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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124 news items

The Hindu
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:08:38 -0700

The Varappuzha archdiocesan unit of Kerala Latin Catholic Association (KLCA) is likely to reconsider its decision to field its own candidate for the upcoming Assembly constituency from Vypeen. The decision to reconsider the move was taken on Monday ...
The Hindu
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:15:20 -0700

... Udayanagar colony, Passport Office and nearby areas; Edappally section – Jawan's Cross Road, Manimalaroad and nearby areas; Cheranallor section — St. James Church to Kacherippady and Cheranallore Ferry, Amritha Pump to Varappuzha Bridge; ...


Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:00:00 -0700

ബാബുവിന്റെ വീട്ടില്‍ കൂട്ടില്‍ വളര്‍ത്തിയിരുന്ന നായക്കുട്ടിയെ കാണാതായതിനെ തുടര്‍ന്ന് അന്വേഷിക്കുന്നതിനിടെയാണ് തെരുവുനായ ആക്രമിച്ചത്. # കെ.വി. രാജശേഖരന്‍. April 12, 2016, 01:00 AM IST. T- T T+.

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
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:08:23 -0700

... that the sitting MLA had with Hindu Aikyavedi leaders and Mr. Natesan. The constituency comprises Varappuzha, Vadakkekara, Puthenvelikkara Kottuvally, Ezhikkara, Chittatukara, and Chendamangalam grama panchayats and the Paravur municipality.
The Hindu
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:10:27 -0700

The Holy Week observances in the Archdiocese of Varappuzha will be led by Archbishop Francis Kallarakkal. Maundy Thursday will start with the blessing of the holy oils at 7.30 a.m. by the Archbishop. It will be followed by a concelebrated Mass in which ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:11:15 -0700

Palm Sunday processions formed the highlight of the observances on the last Sunday of Lent in different churches in and around the city, including at the St. Francis Assisi Cathedral, seat of the Latin archdiocese of Varappuzha and at the Santa Cruz ...

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