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Districts in Kerala

Kerala state have 14 districts, which are divided on the basis of geographical, historical and cultural similarities. The 14 districts are further divided into 21 revenue divisions, 14 District Panchayats, 63 taluks, 152 CD blocks, 1466 revenue villages, 999 Gram panchayats, 5 corporations and 60 municipalities.

Some of the districts and their towns were renamed in 1990 like Thiruvananthapuram (formerly known as Trivandrum), Kollam (Quilon), Alappuzha (Alleppey), Thrissur (Trichur or Thirushivaperur), Palakkad (Palghat), Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kannur (Cannanore).The districts are grouped into three regional divisions, as being the part of Kerala historical Kingdoms of Kochi, Travancore and British Province of Malabar.

Districts in Kerala are grouped in three parts:

  • The Malabar (North Kerala districts): Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikkode and Malappuram
  • The Kochi region (Central Kerala districts): Palakkad, Thrissur and Eranakulam
  • The Travancore (South Kerala districts): Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki.
Kerala Districts and Location on Map

Kerala Districts and Location on Map

List of Districts in Kerala

Districts Distict Headquarters Subdivisions (Taluks) Area
Alappuzha District Alappuzha Ambalapuzha, Chengannur, Cherthala, Karthikappally, Kuttanad, Mavelikkara 1,414 km2
Ernakulam District Kakkanad Aluva, Kanayannur, Kochi, Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Muvattupuzha, Paravur 2,951 km2
Idukki District Painavu Devikulam, Peerumade, Thodupuzha, Udumbanchola 4,479 km2
Kannur District Kannur Kannur, Thalassery, Thalipparamba 2,966 km2
Kasaragod District Kasaragod Kasaragod, Hosdurg 1,992 km2
Kollam District Kollam Karunagappally, Kollam, Kottarakkara, Kunnathur, Pathanapuram 2,498 km2
Kottayam District Kottayam Changanasserry, Kanjirappally, Kottayam, Meenachil, Vaikom 2,203 km2
Kozhikode District Kozhikode Koyilandy, Kozhikode, Vadakara 2,345 km2
Malappuram District Malappuram Eranad, Nilambur, Perinthalmanna, Ponnani, Tirur, Tirurangadi 3,550 km2
Palakkad District Palakkad Alathur, Chittur, Mannarkkad, Ottappalam, Palakkad 4,480 km2
Pathanamthitta District Pathanamthitta Adoor, Kozhencherry, Mallappally, Ranni, Thiruvalla 2,462 km2
Thiruvananthapuram District Thiruvananthapuram Chirayinkeezhu, Nedumangad, Neyyattinkara, Thiruvananthapuram 2,192 km2
Thrissur District Thrissur Chavakkad, Kodungallur, Mukundapuram, Thalapilly, Thrissur 3,032 km2
Wayanad District Kalpetta Mananthavady, Sultan Battery, Vythiri 2,131 km2

Few Facts of Kerala Districts

  • Except Wayanad District and Ernakulam District, almost all of the districts in Kerala have the same name as the important town or city in the district.
  • Kannur district is the second largest district in the state and the most urbanized of all the districts in Kerala.
  • Pallakad District is the largest district in the state while Alappuzha is the smallest district in the state.
  • Mallapuram is the highly populated district in Kerala

List of Kerala Districts with Map

Kannur District

Kannur District

Kannur is a one of the 14 districts of Kerala State in India. It is also termed as Cannanore , the town of Kannur is the headquarters of the District Kannur. Kannur District is bounded... more »
Kasaragod District

Kasaragod District

Kasargod is the northernmost district of Kerala State of India. It was named after the Kasaragod town located in district. The district is known for its coir and hand loom industries. The district has a... more »
Kozhikode District

Kozhikode District

Kozhikode is a district in Kerala State of India. kozhikode city also known as Calicut is the headquarters of this district.Kozhikode district is bordered by the districts of Kannur to the north, Wayanad to the... more »
Malappuram District

Malappuram District

Malappuram district is a a district located in State of Kerala India. Malappuram district was formed on 16th June 1969. Malappuram has a rich and glorifying history. Thirunavaya, home of the traditional Ayurveda medicine, Kottakkal... more »
Wayanad District

Wayanad District

Wayanad is one of the districts of Kerala state of India which was formed on November 1, 1980 by carving out the areas of Kozhikode and Kannur districts. It was known as Mayakshetra in its... more »
Ernakulam District

Ernakulam District

Ernakulam District is situated almost at the middle of Kerala State and on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Ernakulam District is Commercial capital of Kerala as it is the major business hub of Kerala... more »
Idukki District

Idukki District

Idukki means a place with a deep gorge. River Periyar flowed through a canyon between two rocky mountains. Kurava and Kurathy. The legend told from generation of the ancient Adivasi Muthuvan tribe here is that... more »
Palakkad District

Palakkad District

Palakkad is rightfully known as the Gateway of Kerala, giving the rest of India access to the State. For quite sometime the district was also called by its anglicized name Palghat. It's known to be... more »
Thrissur District

Thrissur District

Thrissur is also called as cultural capital of Kerala India. It is one of the 14 districts of Kerala State. The term Thrissur is the abbreviated anglicized form of the Malayalam word "Thrissivaperur" which means... more »
Alappuzha District

Alappuzha District

Alappuzha District is one of the district of Kerala State of India which is a widely known tourist destination, and is well known for its coir factories.Alappuzha is also called as Alleppey . Alappuzha is... more »
Kollam District

Kollam District

Kollam is one of the 14 districts of Kerala India.About 30 percent of the district is covered by Ashtamudi Lake making it a gateway to the Kerala backwaters.It is endowed with a long coastline, a... more »
Kottayam District

Kottayam District

Kottayam is one of the districts of Kerala State of India.It is Bordered by the Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam has many... more »
Pathanamthitta District

Pathanamthitta District

Pathanamthitta is the youngest and the smallest district of Kerala state India.The name Pathanamthitta is derived from two Malayalam words Pathanam” and “thitta”, which together mean "array of ten "family" houses by the riverside". The... more »
Thiruvananthapuram District

Thiruvananthapuram District

Thiruvananthapuram is the one of the major district of Kerala State of India. It is the southernmost district of Kerala.Thiruvananthapuram, or Trivandrum, as it was conveniently re-christened by the English, is the southern-most district and... more »