Mannar, India


The Bell Metal Town

—  town  —
Location of Mannar
in Kerala and India
Coordinates 9°18′0″N 76°32′0″E / 9.3°N 76.533333°E / 9.3; 76.533333Coordinates: 9°18′0″N 76°32′0″E / 9.3°N 76.533333°E / 9.3; 76.533333
Country India
State Kerala
District(s) Alappuzha
Nearest city Alappuzha
Parliamentary constituency Mavelikkara
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)

Mannar (malayalam: മാന്നാര്) is a major[citation needed] business town mid way between Mavelikara and Tiruvalla, in Alappuzha District of Kerala state, India, on State highway 6. It is also known as The Bell Metal Town.[citation needed] It is situated on the banks of the Pampa River and Manimala River. Mannar is situated 9 km from Chengannur, Thiruvalla, Haripad and Mavelikara. Mannar is connected via 4 railway stations (Chengannur, Thiruvalla, Harippad and Mavelikara) at a distance of 9 km each on four sides.

There is a community of Tamil-speaking people here, whose ancestors were believed to brought from Tanjavoor for the construction of Thrikkuratti Mahadevar Temple.



Traditional Bronze Metal Industry

The place is well known for its flourishing Bronze industry, as well as other metals. There are hundreds of traditional 'ALA'S'[clarification needed][1] in Mannar. Also there are many small scale manufacturing establishments engaged in this business, employing traditional workers, where prospective buyers can visit, observe the making and then purchase the artefacts produced. Craftsmen [2] from this town created many well known artefacts, such as a Varpu displayed at Delhi Museum, the church lamp at Kuravilangad Church, the temple Lamp of Chettikulangara Devi Temple, the Temple Bell at Simla Temple, the Church Bell at Cathedral Church New Delhi and a replica of famous Tree of life and Knowledge. This town is second only to Market leader manufacturing city Moradabad.

Alind Switchgear Division Mannar

The Aluminium Industries Limited came into existence, on 2 January 1946, promoted by then Seshasayee Group with its Conductor Division set up in Kundra, Kerala under technical collaboration from the world renowned ALCAN, Canada, The Aluminium Development Laboratories U.K. & ALCAN S.A., Zurich, Switzerland. Since then, ALIND has produced more than a million kilometres of AAC, ACSR and AAAC conductors building the lifelines of power in India and Aboard, and hence ALIND Could rightly call itself THE POWER MOVERS.

Presently ALIND with its Corporate Office in Mumbai has manufacturing units located in the Three states of Kerala, Orrisa and Andhra Pradesh manufacturing cables and conductors, steel wires, wire-working machinery, High voltage Switchgears and Static relays, Export Division, Consultancy and Engineering Services Division.

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Religious sites

Religious sites in and around Mannar include Parumala church, Panayannar kavu devi temple [3], Thrikkuratti Mahadevar Temple [4], Mannar Juma Masjid, Kurattikkadu Pattambalam Devi TemplePattambalam, Oorumadom Bhadrakaali Temple, Vishavarsherikkara Subrahmanya Swami Temple, Pothuvoor Bhadrakaali Temple, Viruppil Devi Temple, 553-no SNDP Pavukkara Temple, Edayadi Bhadrkaali Temple, Chakkulathu Kavu Devi Temple [5] and Kunnathoor Devi Temple. Panayannarkavu temple is said to be thousands of year old. The ancient Panayannar Kavu devi temple, worshipping "Saptha Matha", is famous for its Sarpa kavu and Mural painting [6] drawn on Sricovil. One of this paintings became the cover page for Sri. E.M.S. Nampoothripad's biography (veteran Communist Leader and Ex-Chief Minister of Kerala). The annual Vishu Festival attracts many pilgrims.

The Aalthara Ganapathy temple at Kannamkavil Muthaaramman Temple, near Thrikkuratti temple attracts many devotees, in particular motorists. Vinayaga Chathurthy Festival is the major festival celebrated at Aalthara Ganapathy Temple. Manjal Neerattu conducted during Kumbha Bharani festival at Kannamkavil Mutharamman temple is a major attraction for many devotees.

The Eramathoor Soorya temple is believed to centuries old and is known for being one of the three known temples in Kerala dedicated to deity "SUN". The Adithya Ponkala conducted at this temple attracts lots of women devotees from South Kerala.

Thrikkuratti Mahadevar Temple

Thrikkuratti Mahadevar Temple is one of the 108 sivalays built by Lord Parasurama. It is believed that the mammoth Thrikkuratti Mahadeva temple compound wall was built by troupe of Bhootas of Lord Paramasiva in one night. The unique festivities of Thrikkuratti temple (Sahasra kalasam, Maikatti puja and Sivarathri Nritham) attract many pilgrims. The antique wooden carving of Thrikkuratti mahadeva temple Sricovil was featured in visual media, attracting lot of art lovers including foreigners. At a special Nada (gate) on the east side of the Thrikkuratti temple compound wall, other religious members, in particular, Muslims, present offerings on a daily basis. This practice is believed to be centuries old and is considered to be a true embodiment of religious harmony. The Thrikkuratti Mahasivarathri Festival, second only to Aluva Sivarathri in terms of mass congregation, attracts thousands of devotees. The West Nada (Parvathi) will be open for ten minutes during Sivarathri Nritham on Sivarathri day only. All other days during the year it remains closed. The Srikovil of Thrikkuratti Mahavishnu temple is built on North Indian Architecture.

Chettikulangara Devi Temple

The Chettikulangara Bhagavathi temple is about 10 km from Mannar. The Kettukazcha festival on the day of Chettikulangara Bharani, attracts lakhs of people across the globe. The goddess Chettikulangara amma is considered as the mother goddess of Onattukara.

It is believed that, Lord Parashurama had established 108 Durga temples, 108 Siva temples, numerous Sastha temples, besides 108 Kalaris (place to learn traditional martial arts in front of the deity), Sakthi Kendras etc. Besides he had established five Ambalayas. Jagadambika of Chettikulangara, the Goddess of Oodanadu, is among the five Ambalayams. Though enough historical evidences and authentic study materials are not available to support, it is believed that this temple dates back to more than1200 years.

According to one version, this temple was consecrated by Padmapadacharyar (a leading disciple of Adi Shankara) on the Uthrittathi day of Makara month in A.D. 823.

Kurattikadu Pattambalam Devi Temple

Kurattikadu Pattambalam Devi Temple

Parumala Valiya Panayannar Kavu Temple

Parumala Valiya Panayannar Kavu Temple


The 'Anpoli' conducted as part of festival in various temples is a very attractive and unique one. Among the Anpoli festivals Anpoli Areeppara Mahothsavam of Kurattikkadu Pattambalam Devi Kshethramis the most famous one attracting thousands of devotees on 24th of Medam(7 May).Here both Bhuvaneswari and Bhadra are worshipped with equal importance.The festival at Pattambalam starts on Medam 10th(23 April) and ends on Medam 25th(8 May).The festival includes several rituals like AttilChattam , Changayilottam , Vithideel which aren't practised anywhere else in the world. Among these AttilChattam attracts Muslim devotees also.

The annual Mahathma Boat Race, conducted during Onam festival season, attracts lot of visitors and water sports lovers including foreigners.


Sree Bhuvaneswari Higher Secondary School

Sree Bhuvaneswari Higher Secondary School, managed by the Kurattikadu Pattambalam Devaswam, was founded in 1974 with LKG classes and has now grown in to a cluster of schools comprising the Sree Bhuvaneswari Sisu Vidyalayam-the nursery,Sree Bhuvaneswari English Medium High School,Sree Bhuvaneswari Higher Secondary School and Sree Bhuvaneswari CBSE School.

Sree Bhuvaneswari Higher Secondary School

N.S.H.S. For Boys, Mannar

Nair Samajam High School For Boys, Mannar Panchayat, Mannar, Alleppy Dist. Kerala State Syllabus : STATE Medium : Malayalam

N.S.H.S. For Girls, Mannar

Nair Samajam High School For Boys, Mannar Panchayat, Mannar, Alleppy Dist. Kerala State Syllabus : STATE Medium : Malayalam

M.S.L.P.School, Mannar

Mannar Syrian Lower Primary School, Muttel Junction, Kuttemperoor P.O., Mannar, Alleppy Dist.Kerala Syllabus : STATE Medium : Malayalam

D.B College Paumala Mannar

D.B College Paumala Mannar

Banking Services

  • State Bank Of Travancore*

State Bank Of Travancore

  • The Federal Bank Ltd

The Federal Bank Ltd

  • Punjab National Bank

Punjab National Bank

  • Syndicate Bank

Syndicate Bank

  • Canara Bank


  • Union Bank of India


  • Alleppey District CO OP Bank


  • North Malabar Gramin Bank

North Malabar Gramin Bank

Government Services

Mannar Grama Panchayat

Mannar Grama Panchayat

Mannar Village Office

Mannar Post Office

Mannar Telephone Exchange

Government Hospitals

Govt. General Hospital

Govt. Ayurveda Hostpital

Other notability

The place also has well known educational institutions like Dewaswom Board Pampa College, Sree Bhuvaneswari Higher Secondary School, Nair Samajam Higher Secondary School and Good Shepherd School. The Mannar Library at Kuttiyil Junction is a full fledged library, equipped with lot of reference books.

The St. Gregorious Cardiovascular Center [7] of St. Gregorious Hospital [8], Parumala, is promoted by Padmasree Dr.K.M. Cherian of Frontier lifeline and Dr. K.M. Cherian Heart Foundation, Chennai, is one of best fully equipped Super Specialty Heart Hospital in Rural India. The de-addiction centre operating at St. Gregorious hospital helps a lot of alcohol and drug addicts recover.

This place is also famous for Ayurvedic treatment and Traditional herbal medicine. Centuries old traditional family herbal treatment by Kollasseril family is very effective for Jaundice and Hepatitis. Reaping the benefits of Ayurvedic Medical Research and recent development of Medical tourism, Padma ayurvedic medical centre & Punchkarma Hospital, Kuttamperoor attracts lot of patients. In order to maintain the quality of medicines used, the firm maintains its own full fledged Herbal garden and its own Medicines manufacturing facilities. This is a GMP certified company also engaged in exporting Ayurvedic medicines to many countries. Omkar Ayurvedic Medical centre is a speciality hospital for punchkarma and ayurvedic treatment.

There is a municipal bus station recently built near Store Junction which is the heart of Mannar.

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