Sugathakumari has been chosen for Saraswathi Sammaan, the highest award given to literacy works.
The award was given for her collection of poems 'Manalezhuthu'. The award carries a cash prize of 10 lakhs, a citation and a plaque.
The other two keralites who have won this award were :
In 1995 : Balamaniyamma - Nivedyam (poetry collection)
In 2005 : Ayyappa Panicker - Ayyappa Panickarude Krithikal