Adimaly is a town in the Idukki district of Kerala, India.[1] National Highway 185 (NH 185) is a highway in India running from Adimali to Kumily through Kattappana and ends in Adoor in Kerala.[2] Adimaly is located on the National Highway 49,now NH 85,known as Kochi -Dhanushkodi national highway(India) connecting Kochi and Madurai, India. From Adimaly, it is only 27 kilometers to Munnar, which is a famous hill station.[3] The waterfalls Cheeyappara, Adimaly waterfalls and Valara are located nearby. Pepper cultivation is the main agricultural activity of this place.[4] The Ponmudi Dam (294 meter length) was constructed in 1963 across the Panniar river, nearly 15 km southeast of Adimali, on the way to Rajakkad. Adimali is known for its proximity to munnar and natural environment. Adimaly has almost all the basic facilities like roads, educational institutions and hospitals.

The former name of the Adimaly area was Mannamkandam, as the name indicates the Mannan tribe once populated the area. Other tribal groups collectively called the Muthuvan were also living in Adimali. Before 1980, the main crops under cultivation were rice as well as pepper and cardamom. Now almost 90 percent of the paddy fields have been modified for other purposes such as residential land, rubber plantations or banana fields.

Aerial view of Adimaly town
Aerial view of Adimaly town
Adimaly is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Adimaly is located in India
Adimaly (India)
Coordinates: 10°00′53″N 76°57′22″E / 10.0147600°N 76.956139°ECoordinates: 10°00′53″N 76°57′22″E / 10.0147600°N 76.956139°E
Country India
 • Total340.88 km2 (131.61 sq mi)
650 m (2,130 ft)
 • Total40,593
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code04864
Vehicle registrationKL-68
Nearest cityKothamangalam, Munnar
Lok Sabha constituencyIdukki
Vidhan Sabha constituencyDevikulam
Sex ratio1005 /
Neriamangalam bridge
Neryamangalam bridge
Adimali - അടിമാലി
Adimali town
Adimali Govt. High School
Govt highschool


Adimali is a relatively new town located between Kochi and Munnar. It gained its importance when the Government of Kerala allowed mass settlements of people from the neighbouring districts in the Mid 20th century. The majority of the people in area around Adimali migrated from the nearby district of Ernakulam. Since it intersects two major roads and is a popular resting point on the way to Munnar, Adimali slowly grew in size. In the last 15 years, Adimali has emerged as a major population center in the district.

Adimaly is a small town in Idukki district of Kerala state, India. It is part of Idukki township. Adimaly is located on the National Highway 49 connecting Kochi and Madurai. Munnar -a hill station- is about 30 km from Adimaly. The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located en route to Adimaly. Pepper is the major cultivation in this area. Ponmudi Dam, which is constructed across the Panniar river, is about 15 km from Adimali, on the way to Rajakkad. The dam which was built in 1963 has a length of 294 m. The places nearby to this area are Kuthirayalla, Pettimudi, and Maankulam. Pettimudi area is near to Tamil Nadu.

Adimali for decades served as a commercial hub for many smaller towns nearby such as Kunjithanny, Anachal, Rajakkad, Shanthanpara, Vellathoval, Murikkassery, Thopramkudi, Panikkankudi, Kallarkutti etc. However, the reliance on Adimali by these smaller towns faded during the years due to development of adequate roads and other infrastructure, few have emerged as self-reliant commercial townships.


Adimaly is located in an area with several waterfalls, valleys and hills. It is known for its pepper and cardamom plantations. The area also has a few dams and adjoining man-made reservoirs.

Cheeyappara Waterfall

The rapids of Cheeyappara descend from a height of about 1000 feet, churning with force onto 13 rock slabs in the vicinity of a bridge on National Highway 49. It is one of the few waterfalls one can view from the bottom, standing so close to the water. Next to the falls, there is a designated bathing area.

Valara Waterfall

Valara Waterfall is another 1 kilometer from Cheeyapara waterfall en route to Adimaly. One of the tributaries of The Periyar River cascades steeply from the top of a hill to a depth of about 200 feet, into a gorge.

Adimaly Waterfall

Kodai adimali
Adimali waterfall

Near the centre of Adimali township, an eponymous waterfall has become an attraction and landmark, accessible from the town.


Adimaly generally has a cool climate throughout the year, typical of the higher altitudes, though not as cold as Munnar. Temperatures rarely exceed 26 degrees and never drop below 10 degrees as it usually stays around 17-24 degrees. Though December–January are comparatively cooler than other months. Adimaly is a place with heavy rainfall mostly throughout the year and it is heaviest during the June–September season of southwest monsoon. Rains in Adimaly sometimes continue for hours or even days without any dry spell, which may bring the town to a standstill. New residents frequently relocate to Adimaly, owing to its atmosphere and surroundings. This is evident considering the abrupt increase in population both within the town and nearby areas in the recent past.

Trade and commerce

Historically, this area's economy has depended heavily upon agriculture. Adimaly produces a high percentage of Kerala's total domestic production of spices and is an important spice trading center. Industry and secondary development has seen moderate growth, and does not play a pivotal role in the economy. The service sector comprises a very small section of the town's economy.



  • Mar Baselious College
  • SNDP Yogam Training College
  • Stella Maries College
  • Carmelgiri College
  • Logos Academy
  • Morning Star School of Nursing
  • IAS Academy near library road


  • Adimali Gov.High School
  • Sree Vivekananda Vidhyasadan English Medium School
  • SNDP Yogam High School
  • SNDP Vocational Higher Secondary School, Adimali
  • Eastern Newton Public School
  • Viswadeepthi Public school
  • St. Tomas Public school
  • Fathima Matha Girls Higher Secondary School, Koompanpara
  • Hira Balakendra school

(for LKG & UKG kids)

  • Carmel Matha High School Mankadavu

Places of worship

  • Santhi Giri Sri Mahadeva Temple,Adimaly
  • Chattupara temple
  • 100 acre , kallambalam temple
  • 200 acre , temple
  • Mar Ignathious Noorono Jacobite Syrian Church, 14th mile, Adimaly
  • St. George Church Jacobite Syrian Cathedral,Adimaly
  • St. Jude Catholic Town Church
  • St Martin de Pores Latin Catholic Church
  • St.Peter's & St. Paul's Jacobite Syrian Aramana Church,Adimaly
  • St. Thomas Orthodox Church,Adimaly
  • Town Jumah Masjid, Adimaly
  • Hira Jumua Mosque
  • Kallambalam Temple Ayiram Acre
  • Sree Subramanya Swami Temple Ayiram Acre
  • Mankaduvu Devi Temple
  • Salafi Mosque, Irumpupalam
  • St. George Jacobite Syrian Church,Koompanpara
  • Fathima Matha Forane Church, Koompanpara
  • Infant Jesus church, mankadavu
  • St. George Church Jacobite Syrian Church,1000 acre
  • St.George Jacobite Syrian Church Machiplavu
  • St.Franscis Assisi catholic church Machiplavu PO
  • Town Jumah Masjid Irumpupalam
  • Central Jumah Masjid, Irumpupalam
  • Jumah Masjid, 10th mile
  • Sharon Fellowship Church, Campco Junction, Adimaly
  • St. Johns CSI church chattupara
  • The Pentecostal mission (TPM), 200 acre


  1. ^ "Yahoo Maps India :Adimaly, Idukki Township, Idukki, Kerala". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 10 April 2009 at the Library of Congress Web Archives Start and end points of National Highways-Source-Government of India
  3. ^ "Kerala tourism". Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Adimali". Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.

Aanakkulam is a tourist place in Idukki district of Kerala state, India. Aanakkulam is in Mankulam Village, about 40 km away from Adimali. Aanakkulam means Pond of Elephants in local malayalam language.

Elephants comes to this particular place for drinking water as the water here has some kind of tastes which attracts them. Although there are many such water outlets throughout in that area, elephants come only to this place.

Angamali Diocese

Angamali Diocese is the largest of the 12 Dioceses of Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in Kerala. Angamali Diocese was formed in the historic synod of Mulanthuruthy in 1876 and has been the major center of Jacobites through the ages.

Metropolitan of the Diocese is HB Baselios Thomas I Catholicose.

Cheeyappara Waterfalls

The Cheeyappara Waterfall is on the Kochi - Madurai Highway (National Highway 49), between Neriamangalam and Adimali. It is in Idukki district, Kerala, India.

The Cheeyappara Waterfall cascades down in seven steps. This is also a great place for trekking.

GHSS Rajakkad

Government Higher Secondary School Rajakkad, Kerala, India, was started in 1955. The school is situated in rajakkad about 20 kilometer away from Adimali town. Rajakkad Temple and Christhuraja Church are two religious centers near to school.

There are nine buildings for the school. School office, lab, library, higher secondary lab etc. works in the main block. In the higher secondary there are science, commerce and humanities batches.

Makkal (TV series)

Makkal (ml; മക്കൾ) is a 2018-2018 Indian Malayalam television series directed by Faisal Adimali. The show premiered on Mazhavil Manorama channel on Mondays to Fridays at 7:30 PM and later shifted to 7:00 PM due to poor TRP ratings.

Malayan tribe

The Malayan tribe are a Scheduled Tribe who live in Idukki District of Kerala, India. Their name derives from the Tamil word for Mountain. In the district, they are found in places like the Edamalayar in Kuttampuzha panchayat, Adimali block panchayat . Quite a handful of Malayan tribes are also found in Ernakulam district. The tradition of most of the tribal communities of Indian subcontinent, these Malayan tribes too have adapted to various jobs like bamboo carving, fishing. Gathering of the products from the dense forest areas is also a lucrative occupation of most of the Malayan tribes of Kerala. Instances are also found where these Malayan tribes have rented their cultivating lands and also get involve as manual laborers in the fields. Today, these Malayan tribes have taken active participation in all educational as well as cultural fests.

It has been found out that due to their liquor consumption and rampant smoking, there has been a degradation of both the health and morality.

Malayan Tribe festivals and fairs play an important part in the society of these Malayan tribes, which also emphasizes the cultural exuberance of the community. Amongst various feted festivals, especially in Idukki district, the Adimali Fest is the most famous one. It is actually the tourism and agricultural festival held mainly in the mountainous region since the beginning of the year 1991. After that once in a year this festival is observed by the Malayan tribes during the last week of the month of December.

During the Adimali Festival, fairs and exhibition are organized in the venue. Myriads of the cultivators make a display of various items that they have prepared on their own hands. Exhibition of the stalls of various government departments, institutions and agencies are of huge appeal along with the exhibition stalls of the trade fair. An agricultural fair at Thodupuzha is also important and is held every year under the protection of the agricultural society.


Mannamkandam is a village near Adimali in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala.


Murickassery is a major market and educational centre in the Idukki district of Kerala state, South India. This small village of migrant farmers and native Adivasi communities has been developing as an important centre of Idukki. Various spice products provide the life blood for this village and market. Murickassery is situated in Vathikkudy Grama Panchayath.

NSS College Rajakumari

NSS College Rajakumari is a higher education institution in Rajakumari. This college was founded as a first grade aided college in 1995 and is managed by the Nair Service Society. It is affiliated with the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala.The college is situated near Kulapparachal Town, Rajakumari. The campus is situated in Rajakumari panchayath of Idukki district, placed 5 km away from Pooppara town in Kochi- Dhanushkodi National Highway. The college is equally distanced 35 km each from Munnar, Adimali, Nedumkandam and Theni. It is geographically placed in between Munnar and Mathikettan hills of Western Ghats.

National Highway 183A (India)

National Highway 183A, also known as NH 183A, is a National Highway in the Indian state of Kerala that runs from Titanium Junction(Kollam Metropolitan Area), to Vandiperiyar via Adoor and Pathanamthitta. It is the 4th National Highway passing through the Kollam district.

National Highway 185 (India)

National Highway 185 (NH 185) is a highway in India running from Adimali to Kumily through Kattappana and ends in kumily Attapallam Village in Kerala.

National Highway 85 (India)

National Highway 85 (or NH 85) is a National Highway in southern India. It links Kochi in Kerala with Tondi point, Tamil Nadu.


There are three areas named Parathode in the Idukki/Kottayam districts - one near Nedumkandam and the other one near Kanjirappally.Parathode is a town located in the Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. This town is in Konnathady village, which is located in a valley surrounded by hills. The town's name originates from the Malayalam words "para" (rock) and "thode" (small river or creek). The valley is split by a river, which has an abundance of archaeological evidence from Neolithic civilizations. Burial urns, swords, pottery, and other artifacts have been unearthed and suggest that an ancient civilization once lived there.


Rajakkad is a major town in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala situated in the Western Ghats.

Rajakkad is one of the fastest growing towns in Kerala. Most of the people in Rajakkad depend on farming. Main crops grown in Rajakkad are Elaichi, Black pepper, cardamom , Ginger etc. Availability of transport facilities in Rajakkad is in Good Condition.There are many private and KSRTC buses to different major cities such as Ernakulam, Kottayam,Muvattupuzha.

Kattapana, Pala, Adimali, Kothamangalam etc. The nearest Airport is Cochin international air port 109.5 Km and nearest railway station is Aluva 107 KM. Rajakkad is a now a main tourist place in idukki district.Famous tourist spots near by Rajakkad is Kallimali View Point, Ponmudi Dam, Kuthumkal Waterfalls, Rippile (S.N) Waterfalls, Ponmudi Hanging Bridge,Nadukani View Ponit, Kanakakkunnu, Etc..

Rajesh Hebbar

K Rajesh Hebbar (born 1967) is a Malayalam television actor, anchor and film actor based in Palakkad, Kerala, India. He was also the lead vocalist of a rock band called Primitive Knights.

State Highway 16 (Kerala)

State Highway 16 (SH 16) is a State Highway in Kerala that starts from

Aluva and ends at Northern outlet road. The highway is 57.3 km long.


Valara (Malayalam: വാളറ) is located in between Neriamangalam on the eastern border of the Ernakulam District and Adimali of Kochi - Madurai National Highway (NH-49). It is in Idukki district, Kerala, at a distance of 14 km from Adimali. The main attraction of this place is Valara waterfalls. Which is in the Deviyar river, a small river originating from western ghats, passing through Adimali Grama Panchayath. It is considered as one of the major waterfalls in Kerala state. The Thottiyar Hydro Electric project, the upcoming project by Kerala State Electricity Board is very close to this waterfall.

Valara has chain of waterfalls surrounded by thick green forests. Cheeyappara Waterfall is nearby.

Yulios Elias

Mor Yulios Elias is the Metropolitan of Highrange (Adimali) region, Angamali Diocese of Malankara Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church.This diocese covers regions of Angamali diocese falling in Idukki district. Mor Yulios Elias was consecrated metropolitan on 2nd January 2012.

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