Mavelikkara is a town and municipality in the Alappuzha district of the Indian state of Kerala.It is located in the southern part of the district on the banks of the Achankovil, and is one of the oldest municipalities of the state. It also has a very strong historical and cultural background; Chettikulangara Devi Temple, known for its famous Kumbha Bharani festival, is located there, and it is home to one of the 108 Shiva temples of Kerela created by Lord Parasurama, Kandiyoor Mahadeva Temple (popularly known as Dakshina Kashi). It was also a major place of trade and commerce in ancient Kerala and the erstwhile capital of the rulers of Onattukara.More.
According to the 2001 Indian census, Mavelikara has a population of 28,440. Males constitute 47% of the population and females 53%. The average literacy rate is 86%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy is 87% and female literacy is 85%. Approximately 10% of the population is under 6 years old.
Mavelikara was once part of the principality of Onattukara and has been a centre of religious harmony,culture and arts for several centuries.As a testament to its link to that flourishing centre of Buddhist culture,Mavelikkara is one of the rare places in Kerala where one can find the Statue of Buddha in Seated Position,which dates back to the 9th century AD.
Some of the industries in and around Mavelikkara are: ALIND Switchgear (near Mannar)
- Travancore Oxygen (near Kunnam)
- Sangrose Laboratories (in Mavelikkara), which specialises in the manufacture of soft-gelatin capsules. It is also one of the only companies in the world to manufacture clofazimine.