Not to be confused with Kadungallur.
This article is about the municipality. For the medieval kingdom of the same name, see Kodungallur Kovilakam. For former capital city, see Mahodayapuram.
Municipal town

Dutch East India Company ships in Kodungallur (1708)
Nickname(s): Muziris
Coordinates: 10°14′02″N 76°11′41″E / 10.233761°N 76.194634°E / 10.233761; 76.194634Coordinates: 10°14′02″N 76°11′41″E / 10.233761°N 76.194634°E / 10.233761; 76.194634
Country India
State Kerala
District Thrissur
  Body Kodungallur Municipality
  Total 28.96 km2 (11.18 sq mi)
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2011)
  Total 94,883
  Density 3,300/km2 (8,500/sq mi)
  Official Malayalam · English
  Spoken languages Malayalam
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 680664
Telephone code 0480
Vehicle registration KL-8 / KL 47
A scene from Kodungallur Bharani festival in Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur (anglicised name: Cranganore), is a municipality in the South Western border of Thrissur district of Kerala, India. Kodungallur is 29 kilometres (18 mi) northwest of Kochi and 38 kilometres (24 mi) southwest of Thrissur, by National Highway 66 (formerly known as NH 17).


It is postulated that the ancient city of Muziris( Muchiripattinam,Mahodayapuram/Vanchi) was devastated by natural calamitiesa flood or an earth quakein 1341, and consequently lost its commercial importance thereafter.[1] Further, it came under military attacks on various occasions: in 1504 by the Portuguese-Kochi allied forces during their movement against Calicut in 1524, by the Mappilas during their attack against the Portuguese, and in 1565 again by the Portuguese.

Notable landmarks

Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple

The area contains several historical and religious sites of note:


As of 2011 India census,[4] Kodungallur municipality had a population of 94,883: males constitute 47% of the population and females 53%, while 10% of the total population was under 6 years of age. The municipality had an average literacy rate of 85%: male literacy is 85.58% and female literacy is 85.00%.

Local government

Kodungallur Municipality was formed in the year 1978. It covers an area of 28.96 km2 and is divided into 44 electoral wards. The Municipality has a total population of 94,883 with a density of 1,806 per km2 as per the 2011 Census. Kodungallur is the headquarters of the Kodungallur Taluk and is a Grade-II Municipality. [5] Kodungallur assembly constituency is part of Chalakudi (Lok Sabha constituency).[6]


  1. Ashis Nandy (1 January 2002). Time Warps: Silent and Evasive Pasts in Indian Politics and Religion. Hurst. pp. 172–. ISBN 978-1-85065-479-7. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  2. Menachery,Kodungallur...1987, reprint 2000
  3. "Kodungallur". Kerala Tourism. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  4. "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  5. "Profile". Janasevana Kendram. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  6. "Assembly Constituencies – Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-19.

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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