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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.

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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73 news items

The Hindu
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:34:13 -0800

Archdiocese of Varappuzha has been selected for this year's Bishop Makkil Award instituted by the Madhya Virudha Samiti of Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council for the best anti-liquor campaign. The Mariamma Aikkara Award has gone to the diocese of ...
The New Indian Express
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:33:45 -0800

Speaking to Express, SHO S Vijayan said the involvement of Joshy in the online sex racket case had been proved and his roles in other cases such as the Paravoor and Varappuzha sex scandals underlined his deep involvement in the flesh trade. “Though ...

Kaumudi Online

Kaumudi Online
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:45:00 -0800

Joshi Joseph, accused in many sexual assault cases including Paravoor, Varappuzha sexual cases, were for some time living with his family in Kozhikode as he was under observation. Though he was in Kozhikode, his dealings were mainly focused in Kochi.
Khaleej Times
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:01:12 -0800

Chargesheet was filed against him in the Paravovor and Varappuzha cases, in which two minor girls were traded. Police investigation in the present case revealed that Joshi had trafficked young girls for the online racket run by 'Kiss of Love' organizer ...
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:37:30 -0800

He was earlier booked as an accused in the Paravoor and Varappuzha sex rackets. While out on bail in those cases, Joshy was linked to another sex racket case in Kochi. When police netted the gang at Nedumbassery in the outskirts of Kochi last week, one ...

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 ...
IBNLive (blog)
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:27:11 -0800

These atrocities were told to me by the victims of Tipu Sultan who escaped from the clutches of his army and reached Varappuzha, which is the centre of Carmichael Christian Mission. I myself helped many victims to cross the Varappuzha River by boats.

Kaumudi Online

Kaumudi Online
Thu, 05 Nov 2015 01:51:26 -0800

Polling machines malfunctioned at Varappuzha, Chittattukara, Karukutti, Vypeen, Alangad and Thripunithura. Polling resumed after the snag was rectified. Political leaders, film personalities and activists exercised their franchise in many districts.

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