Kadannappalli Ramachandran
Member of kerala legislative assembly
Assumed office
Preceded byA. P. Abdullakutty
In office
Preceded byM. V. Jayarajan
Succeeded byconstituency abolished
Minister of Archaeology and Port,
Government of Kerala
In office
25 May 2016 – 3 May 2021
Preceded byOommen Chandy
Succeeded byAhamed Devarkovil
Minister of Archaeology and Registration ,
Government of Kerala
In office
29 December 2023 – incumbent
Preceded byAhamed Devarkovil
In office
Preceded byA.K. Gopalan
Succeeded byRamanna Rai
Minister for Devaswom,
Government of Kerala
In office
Preceded byG. Sudhakaran
Succeeded byV. S. Sivakumar
Personal details
Born1 July 1944 (1944-07) (age 79)
Kannur, Madras Presidency, British India
Political partyCongress (Secular)
SpouseT. M. Saraswathi
  • Krishnan Gurukkal (father)
  • T. K. Parvathy Amma (mother)

Kadannappalli Ramachandran (born 1 July 1944) is an Indian politician who is serving as the Minister for Ports, Museums, Archaeology and Archives of Kerala since December 2023.[1] He previously held the same position from 2016 to 2021. Ramachandran also served as the Minister for Devaswom of Kerala from 2009 to 2011. He is a Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly representing Kannur since 2016. Prior to that, he represented Edakkad from 2006 to 2011, and Irikkur from 1980 to 1982 in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. He also served as a Member of the Lok Sabha representing Kasaragod from 1971 to 1980, becoming an MP at the age of 27. He is a member of the Congress (Secular) Party.


He started his political career as I.S.U. Unit President in school life. He was the President of K.S.U. Cannanore Taluk Committee and General Secretary of K.S.U. State Committee. He became Kannur District Convenor of Youth Congress. He was the State Vice President, K.S.U. (1969–71). Ramachandran contested and won the Indian General Elections in 1971 as INC candidate from Kasaragod Lokasabha Constituency, his first opponent was the veteran leader E.K. Nayanar. At that time he was a student in Law Academy. He was re-elected from the same constituency in 1977 also. He became Member of Public Accounts Committee of Lok Sabha and Consultative Committee of Ministry of Railways and Communication.

He became MLA in 1980, 2006, 2016, 2021. He represented the Irikkur constituency, Edakkad constituency and Kannur constituency in Kannur district in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.[2] He became General Secretary of Congress (S) State Committee in 1989 and State President of Congress (S) since 1990.

Ramachandran was the Minister for Devaswom, Printing and Stationery (17 August 2009 to 14 May 2011) and Minister for Ports, Museums and Archaeology (25 May 2016 to 3 May 2021) in the Government of Kerala.[3][4][5]

In 2023 he became a Minister in Second Vijayan ministry.

Personal life

Son of P. V. Krishnan Gurukkal and T. K. Parvathi Amma. Ramachandran is married to T. R. Saraswathi, a teacher. They have a son, Mithun Puthanveettil, a musician in the band Avial. He has got a unique style of dressing.

See also


  1. ^ "Ramachandran Kadannapally". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Members of Legislative Assempbly". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Neck and neck race in Kerala". The Hindu. 13 May 2011. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Committees – Kerala Legislature". niyamasabha.org. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Council of Ministers – Kerala". Kerala Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 9 January 2010.