Central University of Kerala

Central University of Kerala About Location


The permanent campus of the Central University of Kerala spans a 310 Acre stretch at Tejasiwni Hills Periye, in Kasaragod, the northernmost district of Kerala state, India. It is located close to River Chandragiri which originates from Chandragupta Vasti in Coorg where the Mauryan Emperor Chandragupta is believed to have spent his last days as a sage. Periyar (‘path’) has been a major route used by the people in the inlands to go to Bekal port. Pulloor means ‘grass land’. The first phase of constructions at the permanent campus of the Central University of Kerala was completed in November 2013 and currently the entire administrative wing and five academic departments - Social Work, Computer Science, Mathematics, International Relations and Economics are functioning from Tejaswini Hills, Periye. Apart from this, CUK also functions from two two Transit Campuses in Kasaragod - Vidyanagar Campus at Nayanmarmoola, Kasaragod (School of Languages and Comparative Literature) and the Riverside Transit Campus at Padannakkad (Science Campus). There are also two campuses at Thiruvalla and Trivandrum. The Thiruvalla campus houses the Department of Law where as the Trivandrum campus houses Integrated BA Programmes offered by the Department of International Relations.


Central University of Kerala 
Permanent campus,
Tejaswini Hills, Periye

Central University of Kerala
Thiruvalla Campus

Central University of Kerala
Capital Centre

Address NH 17, Periya,
Kerala—671 316
(Land acquired on
18th March 2012)
Central University of Kerala Law Campus,
BSNL Arcade,
IInd Floor

Central University of Kerala Capital Centre,
Pattom, Trivandrum,
BSNL Building,
TK Divakaran Road

How to reach By bus, rail, or air By bus, rail, or air By bus, rail, or air
Nearest bus terminal Kanhangad (12 km) Thiruvalla (5 km) Trivandrum(1 km)
Nearest railway station Kanhangad (12 km) Thiruvalla (5 km) Trivandrum(1 km)
Nearest airport Kannur (73 km) Trivandrum (130 km) Trivandrum (5 km)
Other nearby airports

Mangalore(80 km)
Kozhikode (210 km) 

Kochi (200 km)
Kozhikode (360 km)
Kochi (200 km)
Kozhikode (360 km)

 Central University of Kerala is situated in Kasaragod, the north-western coastal district of Kerala. Often called the ‘land of seven languages’ due to the linguistic diversity and cultural confluence here, this historical border district is the ideal seat for a higher education centre with an inter disciplinary, inter cultural vision such as the CUK’s. The contributions of Kasaragodan men of letters such as Mahakavi Kuttamath, Mahakavi P Kunjiraman Nair, T S Thirumunpu, T Ubaid, and Rashtrakavi M Govinda Pai to the Malayalam, Mappila and Kannada literary cultures are remarkable. Arabimalayalam is a unique linguistic form in these parts. Kasaragod also has a rich cultural tradition; Yakshagana, Theyyam, Thirayaatam are distinctive cultural forms. Kasaragod also houses research and educational institutions of national importance such as the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI).

Kasaragod, a part of the Kumbala Kingdom of the Kolathiris, was an important trade centre during the medieval times, and was a favourite destination of Arab traders. Later, it came under the rule of Vijayanagar Empire that vested the administration of the region with the Naikans. Chandragiri and Bekal forts, two major tourist attractions in Kasaragod, were among a chain of forts constructed by the powerful Shivappa Naikan. Later these forts came under Hyder Ali who handed them over to Tippu Sultan. The British took charge of the forts after Tippu’s death in 1799. The agrarian struggles against exploitation in these parts contributed much to the National Movement. Post-Independence, Kasaragod became part of Kerala, during the reorganisation of States.Kasaragod is marked by the Western Ghats that run parallel to the sea. Its 12 rivers and stretches of forest add to its natural beauty. Climatically, Kasaragod gets enough rains during the monsoons, and is generally pleasant throughout the year; the place gets warmer only during March-May.Apart from the spectacular Bekal fort and beach, Kasaragod also attracts travellers owing to the Ananthapuram Lake Temple, Gothic-style Bela Church, copper-roofed Madhur temple, mosque founded by Malik Ibn Dinar, Chandragiri fort, Maippady Palace once the seat of Kumbala Rajas, Nityananda Ashramam etc.


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