—  village  —
Location of Manakala
in Kerala and India
Coordinates 9°8′0″N 76°43′0″E / 9.133333°N 76.716667°E / 9.133333; 76.716667Coordinates: 9°8′0″N 76°43′0″E / 9.133333°N 76.716667°E / 9.133333; 76.716667
Country India
State Kerala
District(s) Pathanamthitta
Nearest city Adoor
Parliamentary constituency Pathanamthitta
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)

Manakala or Manakkala is a village in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala state, India. It is located 3 km from Adoor.Manakala is the hometown of the prominent film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan.



The name Manakala has an uncertain etymology. Manakala may stem from an imperfect Malayalam portmanteau fusing Manal ("Sand") and Kaala ("Land" or "Place"). Thus Manalkaala means place covered by sand. Major part of Manakala is covered by sand.


College of Engineering Adoor, Manakala

Manakala is home to one of the best Engineering colleges, College of Engineering Adoor under Cochin University of Science and Technology and the students here have secured many University Ranks in the past years.One of the Government polytechnique Colleges is situated here.


The famous Vishnu temple, Sreenarayanapuram Temple which is more than 200 years old is located here. The well known Shiva Temple, Peringanadu Trichendamangalam Mahadeva Temple which is known for its 'Kettu Kazhcha' during the annual festival is located 2 km from manakala. There are few Churches of prominence in this area. St. Marthsmooni Orthodox Syrian Church, St. Thomas Marthomite Church, Church of South India, Bible College and related institutions of Sharon Pentecostal Mission are commendable establishments and contribution of Christian Community in this part. Mannady Temple, which is known for Mudiyettam,and the place which has got historical importance due to the Sacrifice of the Great Soldier, Travancore Diwan Veluthampy Dalava, who fought the British Raj, till his last breath, is just 6 km from here. The inhabitants of this village are mainly dominated by Hindu community but there is a significant Christian population and a few Muslims.

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