Mal: തൊടുപുഴ toṭupuḻā
‘Stream River’ Town, Kerala
From Mal: tōṭu, ‘water-course’, ‘rivulet’, ‘stream’; and puḻa/puzha, ‘river’.
The stream became a river and the river became a town.
Thodupuzha has an agricultural economy based on rubber and a wide range of fruit, vegetables and spices including rice and tapioca; banana, coconut and pineapple; pepper, cocoa, ginger, and turmeric.
With Idukki and the Cardamon Hills immediately to the east, Thodupuzha is also known as the ‘Gateway to the Western Ghats’.