Punnayurkulam is a village famous for its cultural heritage, the medieval scripts and literatures describe the region was part of the princely state of Valluvanad, the dynasty who ruled the region. The village is the birthplace to many award winning writers Nalappatt Narayana Menon, Nalappatt Balamani Amma and Kamala Das to name a few. Kamala Suraiyya or Madhavikutty was an Indian writer who wrote in English and Malayalam, her native language. Her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography. Kamala Das's major work ‘Balyakala Smaranakal’ and ‘Neermathalam Poothakalam’ plots the village and its heritage. Temples like Pavittakulangara Bhagawati Temple, Parur Siva Temple and Govidapuram Krishna Temple are a few cultural icons of the village. The place also boasted of Cherai Kalari, where even the legendary Thacholi Othenan came to study martial art. Muhamaddunni Gurukkal established the famous Navajeevan Kalari at Mavinchuvad in the village. The Valiyangad Kovilakom, again in this village was a meeting place of performing artists. Ritual arts like Pulluvanpattu is still practiced here.


  • Located 10 km North West to the world famous temple town Guruvayur along the Guruvayur-Ponnani state highway
  • 40 km from Thrissur