About Angamaly

Angamaly (Malayalam: അങ്കമാലി, Aṅkamāli) is a municipality in the Ernakulam district of the state of Kerala, India, and a fast developing satellite town of Kochi. Situated 33 kilometres (21 mi) north of Ernakulam, the area is the northern gateway to the commercial capital of Kerala.

The town lies at the intersection of Main Central road (MC Road) and National Highway 47. MC Road, which starts from Thiruvananthapuram ends at Angamaly at its intersection with NH 47. Originally established as a panchayat in May 1952, Angamaly became a municipality in April 1978 and is also a Legislative Assembly constituency from 1965 in the Ernakulam district.



Although recorded history does not exist about the origins of Angamaly, legends and local folklore attribute the name Angamaly to the grounds where battles (Ankam in Malayalam language) were conducted at a myal (attributed as a plain ground). Hence a very old battle ground.

Several old coins and other artefacts found from the region tells this area was predominant with Buddhists and Jains in very old time. The 18 and a 1/2 viharas around Angamaly is a proof for this. Malayatoor which is famous Christian devotional centre is very near to Angamaly.

It is said that St. Thomas, the Apostlate who was deputed to the region by Jesus Christ came via Angadikadavu in Angamaly using Manjali thodu to come from Kodungaloor port at AD 58. There are evidence for the churches in the locality built as early as AD 409 and AD 822.It was the headquarters of Mar Abraham,Assyrian-Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Angamaly and Hind in the sixteenth century. Kalady, the birthplace of Adi Sri Sankara is only 7 kilometers from here, it is there the Sanskrit University situates. Historians records that a massive flood around the 16th century AD made the Angamaly river to change the course forced itself to flow through Chalakudy area. Now the river is called Chalakudy river and is the fifth longest river in Kerala. Meanwhile the river in Angamaly became a lesser canal and there by got the name Manjaly thodu.


Places of Interest

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Malayattoor – St. Thomas is believed to have landed in Kerala at Kodungallur (Cranganore) in AD 52. It is believed that St. Thomas held prayer at this church when he landed in Kerala. Oral tradition says that while travelling through Malayattor, faced with hostile natives, he fled to the hilltop. The Christian pilgrim center has been designated by the Vatican as an International Shrine.
Kodanad – famous for its Elephant Training Center is 25 kilometers from Angamaly. Elephant ride as well as a mini zoo is part of this.
St. Hormiz Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Angamaly - Old Cathedral of Saint Thomas Christians. It was established in 1570 by Mar Abraham, the last Assyrian-Chaldean Metropolitan to reach Malabar Coast. It was dedicated to Hormizd, a seventh century East Syrian saint.[3][4] Mar Abraham constructed his new Cathedral in 1579. After the Synod of Diamper, the Patron of the East Church of Angamaly is no more Rabban Hormizd but St. Hormizd, the martyr (5th century)
St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Basilica, Angamaly – The church was originally built in AD 450, was renovated to become the biggest of its kind in the South India.
Mahagony thottam – very beautiful picnic spot in the banks of Periyar river is 27 km away.

Ezhattumugham, Kerala – another beautiful picnic spot is 8 km away
Kalady Adi Sankara Keerthisthambham, Sringeri Mutt complex and Crocodile Ghat are 8 km away.
Thirunayathode Sivanarayana Temple – Built by Cheraman Perumal Nayanar in AD 800's.
St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Soonoro Cathedral – built in AD 409 have many ancient murals in its walls.
Kallil Temple is a revered Jain shrine established from the 9th century. Kallil literally meaning "in stone" is a temple located in a vast expanse of 28 acres. This rock cut temple can be reached after a short trek up 120 steps. The temple is managed presently by Chenkottukonam Sree Ramadasashramam. It was originally owned by the Kallil Pisharody family and hence name Kallil Devi temple. Dedicated to Durga Devi, the temple has a structure of Brahma carved at the peak of the rock. The triad of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are all worshiped in this temple. This shrine also enshrines Jain deities namely Padmavati Devi (worshipped as Durga Devi by devotees), Parshvanath and Mahavira. It is believed that Kallil family had once followed Jainism. It is 26 km from Angamaly.

Source : Wikipedia


Educational Institutions

The following are the main educational institutions located in Angamaly:

  • SCMS
  • DIST
  • Morning Star Home Science College
  • Viswajyothi Public School(Carmelites of Mary Immaculate CBSE)
  • Adam Public School(CBSE)
  • St. Joseph High School
  • Holy Family School
  • St. Patrick's Academy(ICSE)
  • Don Bosco central School(ICSE)

  • Vidyadhiraja Vidyabhavan School(CBSE)
  • De Paul School
  • MGMG Higher Secondary School NAYATHODE - G. Sankara Kurup's birthplace
  • Government Higher Secondary School Mookkannoor
  • Government Higher Secondary School Puliyanam[8]
  • Sacred Heart Public School Mookkannoor
  • Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering and Technology


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