Malakadavu or Mala Kadavu (Mala + kadavu - kadavu means a type of localized boat jetty or small port in local language Malayalam) is considered to be the "Gateway" of ancient Mala.
History of Malakadavu
It was through this kadavu (jetty) travelers, pilgrims and businessmen came to Mala for trading and establishing their own institutions. In the ancient days as there were no road transportation facilities available, water transport was the main source of transport.
It had been used to transport goods like pepper, coconut, arecanut, leather, teakwood, beetle leaves etc. to Trivandrum, Kochi and Musiris.
Blessed Fr. Chavara Kuriakose came to Mala through this waterway and established the famous Kottackal CMI Seminary (St. Theresa's Monastry, Kottackal), one of the pilgrim centers of Mala. The Boat services through this kadavu were prevalent up to 1958.
Let images from history, filled with the hustle and bustle of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Konkanis and Kudumbies flash past you, as the cool breeze caress your hair at Malakadavu.
This Place arouse a nostalgic feelings of that glorious past, where "Kettuvallams" sway to the rhythm of melodious boat-songs.