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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 Karmalamatha Church : This church was established by Missionaries of Karmaleetta. 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 'Varal' which is a type of fish found in large quantities in the nearby river. Another theory suggests there was an ancient VARAHA temple 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.

The Varappuzha Bridge connects Varappuzha with the neighboring Cheranallur Varapuzha , the name originated from the word VARAHA and PUZHA .


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.Joseph & Mount carmel Church Varapuzha
  • St. Thomas church varapuzha
  • Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Thundathum Kadavu
  • St.Mary's Church,Thundathumkadavu
  • Karmel Mewnet Church Varapuzha
  • Christ nagar Church Chetibhagam
  • St.George Church Puthenpally
  • St Sebastian Kapela Devaswampadam


  • Kuttikkattu Sree JayaDurga Temple Chirakkakom
  • Sree Varaha Swamy Temple
  • Devaswompadam Vanadurga Temple
  • Vishnu Temple Chirakkakom
  • Gurudeva Temple Mannamthuruth


  • Muhayudeen Jumamasjid Mannamthuruth



  • St.George HS, 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
  • Varapuzha - Chennur road
  • Varapuzha - Kongorpilly road

Notable People[edit]

  • M.P.Paul
  • Rosy Thomas
  • Pappan - Famous Volleyball Player
  • V.M.Venkateswara Pai- The famous Communist
  • T.M.Chummar


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

See also[edit]


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132 news items

The New Indian Express
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:22:30 -0800

KOCHI: Plenty of buses ply to Cheranalloor, but very few run up to Varappuzha, only 3 km away. The Greater Cochin Development Watch (GCDW), an outfit which has successfully raised several social issues, including the Pachalam ROB, has started asking ...

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:37:30 -0800

About 120 hectares came under sowing in Varappuzha panchayat. Kumbalanghi had about 38 hectares; Chellanam 40 hectares; Pallippuram 52 hectares and Edavanakkad 25 hectares. A scientist at the Vyttila Rice Research Station said the most recent ...
The Hindu
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:26:55 -0800

The high point of the celebrations on Sunday would be a concelebrated Mass, led by Bishop of Cochin Diocese Joseph Kariyil, said the spokesman for Varappuzha Archdiocese Fr. Antony Vibin Xavier here. Bishop of Kannur Alex Vadakkumthala will deliver ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:33:45 -0800

In Varappuzha range, seven litres of beer and in Aluva range four litres of beer and nine litres of 'Arishtam' were seized. In. Perumbavoor range seven litres of IMFL and seven litres of beer were seized while in Mamala range the officials seized four ...
The New Indian Express
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:15:00 -0700

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed further proceedings in the trial of the Varappuzha sex scam pending before the Ernakulam Additional Sessions Court, until further orders. Justice K Abraham Mathew passed the interim order in response to a ...
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 Hindu
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0800

Brisk preparations are on both at St. Phelomena's Church, Koonammavu and at Rajagiri Valley, Kakkanad, for the celebrations of the canonisation of Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Mother Euphrasia. Celebrations and special ceremonies are scheduled to ...
The Hindu
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:22:30 -0700

According to unconfirmed reports, two lorries came under attack in Varappuzha area and three in Chalakudy on Tuesday night. These lorries were part of a contingent of 35 lorries that were returning after taking rice meant for distribution to Food ...

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