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As of 2001 India censusGRIndia, Attingal had a population of 35,648. Males constitute 47% of the population and females 53%.(Sex ratio 1136.7 females to 1000 males)

Attingal has an average literacy rate of 84%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 48% of the males and 52% of females literate.
11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
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Attingal is located 32 Km north of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, is in National Highway 47.


Attingal is located at 8.68° N 76.83° E. It has an average elevation of 23 metres (75 feet).

Disatnces from:

  • Thiruvananthapuram -31 km
  • Kollam-42km
  • Ernakulam-195 km

How to reach?

  • Through Bus: There are direct buses from every places of Kerala to Attingal. Every bus through NH-47 have stop at Attingal.

      Trivandrum : 32 Km
      Kollam : 40 Km
  • Through Train: The nearest railway station is Chirayinkeezhu. It is about 6 km away from Attingal. The other near railway stations are:

      Kadakkavur : 9 Km
      Varkala : 18 Km
      Trivandrum : 32 Km
      Kollam : 40 Km

It is beleived that Attingal town was built 800 years ago. During ancient times Attingal was known to be "Chittattinkara" as it is encircled on three sides by the rivers "Vamana puram river" and "Mamom river". Historically, Attingal has been the residence of the women of the Venad royal family. The Attingal Palace dates to 1305 C.E. Attingal and the surrounding areas were a principality within the Travancore kingdom, and were ruled by their queens. By the colonial period, trade flourished with Portuguese and Dutch traders. In 1735, Marthanda Varma, the king of Travancore, took Attingal.

Feudal status
The mother of the Maharaja of Travancore and her sister received the principality of Attingal in joint appanage. They were consequently styled the Senior and Junior Rani (the female form of Raja or Rana) of Attingal, respectively. Their husbands, known as Koil Tampurans, came from one of four or five princely houses who were closely related to the Royal House. Attingal was the seat of the sovereign of Venad during this period and there were only queens, Ranis, in power. Apart from Attingal proper the principalities of Elayidam or Kottarakkara, Perakam or Nedumangad, Thiruvithamkode or Travancore, Kollam, Kaymkulam, Karunagappalli and Karthikappalli were all under the Attingal Rani.

Attingal Revolution
Attingal Mutiny was the first ever rebellion againt the British in India. The grant of Anchuthengu to the English provoked the wrath of a section of the local population and in 1697 the English factory was subjected to a violent but futile attack. In 1721, the English factors felt the need to appease the Rani of Attingal (Queen) after alienating the local population by their "overbearing behaviour". They sent a set of presents to the Rani. The local agents of the "Pillamar" demanded that those presents should be given to them for transmission to the Rani. When it was denied, on the night of April 11, 1721 140 Englishmen were massacred on their way to the Rani, and the fort was laid under siege for nearly six months. The Nair Pada and the local Muslims took part in the operation and the British met with the biggest debacle in the region The fort was relieved only when reinforcements for the English arrived from Talassery. Similarly the grant of Talassery was resented by Kurangoth Nair who claimed the territory to be under his control. He in alliance with one of the dissident Kolathiri princes, raided the Company's warehouse and inflicted heavy damage to property in 1704-05.

Attingal Palace
The Attingal palaces (Manomohanavilasom and Koyikkal), which are mentioned in literature dating from 1305 A.D., and many temples are in the Municipality. Chirayinkil, a town famous for its Sarkara Temple, is close by. It is also a major road junction.

 Important places

Attingal Palace

The Attingal Palace had an important role in the history of Kerala. It played a significant role in the growth of the Tranvancore Dynasty.

The Attingal Palace gained prominence in the 14th century when Udaya Marthanda Varma ascended the throne of Travancore. He adopted two princesses from the royal family of the Kolathiris of North Malabar. A palace for each one of them was built by the king at Attingal and Kunnummel.

The palace witnessed the first ever united rebellion against the British.

The walls of the palace are adorned with some of the most beautiful murals. The main edifice of the palace is now under the control of the Devaswom Board.

Kumaran Asan Smarakam

Kumaran Asan is one of the famoues poet in Malayalam and he wrote splendid poetries. Kumaran Asan smarakam is situated at Thonnakkal, 4 km from attingal.

It is the birth place of Vakkom Moulavi, one of the greatest renaissance leaders of Kerala.

Sarkara Devi Temple and Varkala Beach (15 km) are points of interest nearby.



The Kodiyettu Utsavam of this temple, dedication to the Goddess Bhagavathy, is celebrated in memory of the consecration of the temple. Commencing on the Makayiram day in Vrischikam, (November-December) it ends on the Utharam day, thus extending to eight days. The deity of this temple is the household deity of the royal family of travancore. Performances like Kahakali, Thullal, Harikatha, procession with caparisoned elephants etc, are the main features of the festival.

    1. Political Field
       First Municipal Chairman of Attingal
    2. Educational Field
  Unni Attingal     
    3. Agricultural Field
    4. Law
  G.Rajappan Asari  
        Dist.Section Judge(Ret)
  V.Rajasekaran IPS
  P.Krishna Pilla
    5. Drama
  Asiz KPAC
  Kolappan Asari
    6. Film Field
    7. Dance Field
  Maruthoor Appukuttan Nair
    8. Painting
    9. Science Field
  M.Upendran Nair
    10. Sports
  Rama Unnikrishnan
    11. Journalism
Vijayan Palazhi    
 Born in Avanavancheri in Attingal on 20 February 1967. Published a number of Books. G.Sankarapillai Award for "Kudiyiruthu" (Drama), Keltron Award for best Drama Scripting.
       Vijayan Palazhi
    12. Trading
  P.G.Vasudevan Pilla
    13. Medical Science
  Dr.Raveendran Nair
    14. Cartoon
  Cartoonist Sukumaran
    15. Stage
Panthal Sudevan
Panthal Sudevan
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