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Veliyanad is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Country  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
Population (2001)
 • Total 8,437
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 682313
Vehicle registration KL-07
Literacy 100%%
Lok Sabha constituency Kottayam
Climate Moderate (Köppen)

Veliyanad is a small village in the Ernakulam District of the state of Kerala in southern India.[1] It belongs to the Edakkattuvayal panjayat and Kanayannoor Taluk. The village is around 30 km from the city of Kochi. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport. Piravom Road, Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction Railway Stations are the closest major railway stations.


  • Places of interest 1
  • Educational institutions 2
  • Recreational Clubs 3
  • Adi Shankara Nilayam 4
  • References 5

Places of interest

  • Chinmaya International Foundation : an organization dedicated to the spread of Advaita Vedanta across the world, founded by Swami Chinmayananda. Details can be accessed through the website of Chinmaya International Foundation
  • Melpazhur Mana: renamed as Adi Sankara Nilayam, this is a sprawling nalukettu located in Veliyanad at Edakkattuvayal Village in Ernakulam. This mana was sold to Chinmaya International Foundation. It is refurbished and currently it Chinmaya International Foundation.

Pazhoor Perum Thrikkovil is 3 km from Veliyanad. Thirumarayoor Rama's Temple is 2 km from Veliyanad is one of the few ancient Rama temple in Kerala.

Educational institutions

  • St. Paul's High School, Veliyanad: The school is affiliated with the 'Kerala State Secondary Education Board' that offers classes from V to X.
  • Govt: Upper Primary School :
  • St: Paul's Bethany Nur. School :
  • TocH Engineering college (2 km from Veliyanad)

Recreational Clubs

  • Young Waves Arts and Sports Club : A group of young and energetic people, which was started in the year 2005. Since then, the Club has played a major role in conducting the cultural celebrations in the area mainly Onam.

Adi Shankara Nilayam

Located in Veliyanad, Adi Shankara Nilayam is the ancestral maternal house of Shri Shankara. It is a sprawling nalukettu located in Veliyanad at Edakkattuvayal Village in Ernakulam. Traditionally known as the 'Melpazhur Mana', the place was renamed as Adi Shankara Nilayam by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. Now the property has been acquired by the Chinmaya International Foundation. The nalukettu is decorated with exquisite wooden paneling and engravings. A meditation hall in memory of Swami Chinmayananda is there nearby. Situated in 8.3 acres (34,000 m2) of land, the property houses a water pond, a temple complex, an excellent library, a computer unit and residential accommodation for visiting scholars. There is a large temple dedicated to the deity of the family - swayambhu Shasta (Lord Ayyappa). A Naga Yakshi temple and a temple for Vettakkorumakan are also seen in the complex.


  1. ^ The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Report
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