Sahodaran Ayyappan was born on August 21, 1889, in a traditional Ezhava family. His parents were Kumabalathuparambil Kochavu Vaidyar and Unnuli. He was born in Cherai in Ernakulam district. After the initial guidance in education by his elder brother, young Ayyappan was enrolled in a local school for his formal education. On successfully completing the formal education, he got himself enrolled in Kozhikode-based Malabar Christian College for his pre-degree course.
When Sahodaran Ayyappan was in Kozhikode during his college years, he began to speak in public platforms, asking the people to take up on the priority basis the reforms to uplift the neglected section of the society. During this time, Ayyappan happened to meet Sree Narayana Guru in one such meeting and shared thoughts with him. In 1916, he also met with the famous Malayalam Poet Kumaran Asan. Being a rationalist, he coined a slogan, which is a rejoinder to the famous slogan of Sree Narayana Guru. The rejoinder slogan coined by the Sahodaran Ayyappan was “Jati Venda, Matam Venda, Deivam Venda Manushyanu”.