Neerattupuram is a small, beautiful place at Thalavady Village of Kuttanad Taluk, Alappuzha district, Kerala (India). Neerattupuram was not much popular till 20th century. At the beginning of 21st century, a temple in Neerattupuram, Sri Chakkulathukavu Devi Temple becomes so popular and thereby the place is now known to the world as Chakkulathukavu. Now the people outside Neerattupuram do not know that the place’s real name is Neerattupuram, but the place is known to them as Chakkulathukavu.
About Neerattupuram in Brief
- Type : Village
- Native name : Neerattupuram
- Other name : Neerettupuram
- District : Alappuzha
- State : Kerala
- Country : India
- Nearest City = Thiruvalla
- STD code = 0477
- Area telephone = 221-xxxx
- Pincode / Postal code = 689571
- Vehicle code range = KL-04
- Religions = Hindus , Christians
Location of Neerattupuram
Neerattupuram is located at Thalavady Village of Kuttanad taluk in Alappuzha district, Kerala (India). Neerattupuram is just 9 kms away from Thiruvalla town and 29 kms away from Alappuzha town. It’s exactly located at the boarder of Alappuzha and Pattanamthitta districts. A medium-sized bridge in Neerattupuram divides Alappuzha and Pattanamthitta districts. A major portion of the land is located at the bank of the joint ventures of Pampa and Manimala rivers. There are many tourists coming here through this river from Kumarakom, Alappuzha etc.
History of Neerattupuram
The land has many historical back grounds. We are currently doing a detailed study about the history of this land and will publish here as soon as the final report of our research is ready.
Name History of Neerattupuram
There are many stories behind the name of Neerattupuram. However the most of the people believed that the name came from two Malayalam words neerattu which means bathing and Puram which means Place. In ancient times the local ruler of the place named places and houses according to the landmarks or features of that place or land. At that time people around this place used to come at the bank of the Neerattupuram river for using water especially for bathing. This was the only safe and most convenient place nearby to use the water from the river for various purposes. So called this place was called as Neerattu Puram because in Malayalam Neerattu means Bathing and Puram means Place. Though it’s actually name is Neerattupuram, people now pronounce it as Neerettupuram, but still people write the place name as Neerattupuram in English.
Religions of Neerattupuram
Majority of the classes of people here are Hindus. Here there is a good relation between Hindus and Christians. The people here celebrate all religious festivals together.
Main Centre of Neerattupuram
The main centre of Neerattupuram is now near Chakkulathukavu Devi Temple & Srambical House with lots of shops and buildings. Before that it was near M.R. Stores which was a whole-sale and retail shop of more than 60 years of old, but now closed. The old market was bigger than the existed one and people around Neerattupuram (even up to 10kms) use to come here for purchasing everything. Now there are many shops in each and every corner of places nearby Neerattupuram.
Climate of Neerattupuram
Neerattupuram is blessed with a moderate climate. Neerattupuram is very much influenced by the South-west monsoon.
- March – May : Extreme hot climate
- June – August : Heavy Rainy Season
- September – October : Moderate Season
- November : Rain with cold climate
- December : Cold climate with very little rainfall
- January : Cold climate with no rainfall
- February : Intermediate climate with very little rainfall mostly at evening & night
Mostly during June month, due to heavy rainfall, the river in Neerattupuram will flood and almost all places will be under water. It’s very beautiful to see the river is flooding and the climate will be so cold due to extreme rain and flood, but the people here will suffer a lot on these day.
Culture and Festival
Majority of people of Neerattupuram is having a traditional culture. Men follow traditional culture of wearing Mundu or lunki as bottom dress, but they wear shirt or t-shirt as top dress and women wear saari, young girls wear shaari or churidaar. On festival occasions, men wear Mundu and white shirt or Jubba and women wear white coloured Set Mundu Saree. Onam is the most common festival for all people here. Mostly December to February is the festival month of chakkulathukavu devi temple. Karthikapongala, a special function conducted in chakkulathukavu devi temple on Karthika day of virchikamasam (mostly November-December) of Malayalam month is very famous here and people allover south India come here for participating in this festival.
- The main sports club of Neerattupuram is Friends Sports and Arts Club.
- The most notable sports activity conducted here is Neerattupuram Pampa Boat Race.
Lodging in Neerattupuram
There are some lodge/tourist home in Neerattupuram. The main among them are
- M.R. Tourist Home [Permanently Closed] ★★★★★
- Chakkulathamma Lodge & Auditorium [Run by Chakkulathukavu Temple Trust] ★★★★✩
- Chakkulam Lodge [Run by Private Party & not by Temple Trust]
- Vattapparampan Lodge
M R Tourist Home was the top Tourist home that provide most modern facilities for both foreigners and those people who visiting Chakkulathukavu Devi temple and is at the bank of Pampa-Manimala River. Unfortunately this Tourist Home has been permanently closed. Chakkulathamma Auditorium is the only auditorium available here for marriage functions and all. All these lodges are located near to the Temple.
Education in Neerattupuram
There are two schools in Neerattupuram.
- St Thomas English Medium Higher Secondary School Neerattupuram – English Syllabus [L.K.G, U.K.G, High School, Higher Secondary School standards]
- T.M.T higher high school Neerattupuram – Malayalam Medium [1-10 standards]
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