There are differences of opinion about the origin of the village’s name. The Edathanattukara is derived from the word kara. The ancient people had witnessed that it got the name because it is situated in between northern mountain and river Velliyar. It is said that there weregooseberry(..നെല്ലിക്ക..) hils in the place. So it has also an old name Nellikkurssi. In the middle of Edathanattukara, we can see a kunnu known as Nellikkunnu. It is also connected with the old name Nellikkurssi. According to the ancient people there were a large number gooseberry in nellikkunnu. So the old name Nellikkurssi is relevant.