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Short description of Kanjirapally oin the way to Idukki and a leading spice centre
Kanjirapally,is a town on the foothills of the Western Ghats of Kerala, India. The place has a rich historic and cultural importance.Also called Queen of Malanad (The Land of Mountains)" and "the Gateway of Malanad, Kanjirapally was a the leading trade centre for farmers from the mountains to market their produce - pepper, ginger, coconut, arecanut and other spices - since ancient times.
The early settlers cultivated paddy and other crops in hills and valleys after clearing virgin forests. Later on they became the pioneers in the cultivation of huge plantations of rubber which made the town one of the most prosperous in Kerala. Even today Rubber (Latex) plantations are a major source of income for the local population.
It is on the Kottayam - Idukki route.
The Ganapathy Koil built in granite, indicates the early Tamil influence in religion and culture.The other prominent religious centers here are the St. Dominic's Cathedral, St. Mary's old church,and Nainaru mosque. The presence of the Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities adds to the cultural value of Kanjirapally.