List of municipal corporations in Kerala


Kerala's 14 revenue districts in 2015 were further divided into 6 municipal corporations, 87 municipalities and 941 grama panchayats.[1]

Municipal corporations in Kerala


The urban councils of Kerala date back to the 17th century when the Dutch Malabar established the municipality of Fort Kochi. In 1664, the municipality of Fort Kochi was established by Dutch Malabar, making it the first municipality in Indian subcontinent, which got dissolved when the Dutch authority got weaker in 18th century.[2] However, the first modern kind of municipalities were formed in the state in 1866 in Malabar District. In 1866, Fort Kochi municipality was reestablished. Kannur, Thalassery, Kozhikode, Palakkad, and Fort Kochi, which were parts of Malabar District until 1956, were made the first modern municipalities of Kerala on 1 November 1866, according to the Madras Act 10 of 1865 (Amendment of the Improvements in Towns act 1850)[3][4][5][6] of the British Indian Empire. The Thiruvananthapuram Municipality came into existence in 1920. After two decades, during the reign of Sree Chithira Thirunal, Thiruvananthapuram Municipality was converted into Corporation on 30 October 1940, making it the oldest Municipal Corporation of Kerala.[7] The first Municipal Corporation formed after the independence of India as well as the second-oldest Municipal Corporation of the state is Kozhikode Municipal Corporation established in the year 1962.[8]

Municipal CorporationsEdit

There are six Municipal Corporations in Kerala: 2 in South Kerala, 2 in Central Kerala and 2 in North Kerala.

Municipal Corporations in Kerala
No. City District Year of formation Population Density/ Area( Images
1 Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram 1940 955,494 4,447 214.86  
2 Kozhikode Kozhikode 1962 609,214 5,149 118.312  
3 Kochi Ernakulam 1967 601,574 7,040 94.88  
4 Kollam Kollam 2000 388,288 5,316 73.03  
5 Thrissur Thrissur 2000 315,596 3,111 101.42  
6 Kannur Kannur 2015 232,486 2,967 78.35  
Source:[9] 2011 Census of India

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Local Bodies in Kerala – 2015". Local Self Government Department, Kerala.
  2. ^ M K Sunil Kumar (26 September 2017). "50 years on, Kochi still has a long way to go". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  3. ^ "CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF CENTRAL ACTS (Updated up to 17-10-2014)". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  4. ^ Lewis McIver, G. Stokes (1883). Imperial Census of 1881 Operations and Results in the Presidency of Madras ((Vol II) ed.). Madras: E.Keys at the Government Press. p. 444. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  5. ^ Presidency, Madras (India (1915). Madras District Gazetteers, Statistical Appendix For Malabar District (Vol.2 ed.). Madras: The Superintendent, Government Press. p. 20. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  6. ^ HENRY FROWDE, M.A., Imperial Gazetteer of India (1908–1909). Imperial Gazetteer of India (New ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Year of becoming a corporation
  8. ^ Kozhikode Lok Sabha constituency redrawn Delimitation impact, The Hindu 5 February 2008
  9. ^ "Hearty Welcome To 116th Meeting of SLBC, Kerala" (PDF). Govt. of India – Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  • Chandran, VP (2018). Mathrubhumi Yearbook Plus – 2019 (Malayalam ed.). Kozhikode: P. V. Chandran, Managing Editor, Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Company Limited, Kozhikode.


  • Government of Kerala
  • List Of Corporations And Municipalities of Kerala –
  • Kerala at a glance
  • Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala