Guide to Smaller Villages In Thrissur

A listing and guide to the smaller villages of Thrissur in Kerala

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Aranattukara

Aranattukara is about 8 km west of Thrissur city.

It is an agrarian village producing paddy, coconut and areca nut as major crops.

Half of the village forms part of Kole Nilams (water logged paddy fields during monsoon).

The highly populated village is dominated by Christians of Syrian Roman Catholic sect. Hindus are in second slot. Muslims have only marginal representation.

During the regime of Rama Varma Thampuran, more popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran, the king of Kochi with administrative headquarters in Thrissur, divided Aranattukara which was a warehouse place of Thrissur town then and gave it for two Christian settlements for the purpose of worships. This was done to forbid a clash between two groups following a dispute over worship among them. When the groups got the land from the ruler one group built a church known as Kizhakeepalli (East Church) and the other group built a Church and called it as Padinjare Palli (West Church). Later both the groups buried their hatred and built a common church named after St Thomas in1970s.

The village has education facilities up to high school level and there is an off Campus of Calicut University where education for Hindi graduation is provided.

In healthcare the village has satisfactory set up.

Ayyanthole

Ayyanthole village is located 2 km from Thrissur city is the nerve center of district administration. Almost all offices of district administration including all courts and office of the District Police Superintendent sheltered here. All the offices are accommodated in a single large building.

The occupation of the village is mainly commerce.

In population Hindus are in 1st position followed by Christians and then Muslims.

The village has adequate schooling facilities. In healthcare the village has adequate facilities.

Chalakudy

Chalakudy grown to the level of a medium town is located about 29 km south of Thrissur city and is on NH 47.

The vocation of Chalakudy is trade and commerce with agriculture occupying a third position but on a strong footing.

Chalakudy Puzha flows through the south end of the town.

Chalakudy is a gateway to many tourism import spots. Almost all the interesting spots except three located on the eastern direction. Divine Retreat Center, a Christian prayer center at Muringoor near to Chalakudy Railway Station, Anamalai Government Timber Depot, a historical and mega depot, near Railway Station and Mission Center, a divine retreat center run by Christian diocese, 1 km north of town on NH 47 are the three located at other than eastern direction. A convention conducted by the Mission Center every January is attended by several thousands from all over Kerala and beyond.

The lively spots on eastern periphery number many.

  • Dream World Water Theme Park, 10 km from the town, en-route Athirapally Waterfalls.
  • Thumboormuzhy Check Dam and Gardens, 15 km, en-route Athirapally.
  • Oil Palm Plantation, 17 km, on the way to Athirapally.
  • Silver Storm Water Theme Park, 19 km, on the way to Athirapally.
  • Athirapally Waterfalls, 30 km.
  • Ezhattumukham, 7 km from Athirapally, via Vettilapara Bridge towards Ankamaly route.
  • Chapra Falls, 31 km, after Athirapally Falls.
  • Vazhachal Falls, 35 km, past Athirapally Falls.
  • Anakayam (elephant pit), 37 km after Athirapally. A lake with cool and placid water is Anakkayam’s speciality. The densely forested place is free from human encroachments.
  • Peringalkuth Dam, 39 km, past Athiraplly.
  • Sholayar Hydro Electric Project, beyond Peringalkuth.

12 Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, beyond Sholayar.

Majority of the inhabitants in Chalakudy are Christians followed by Hindus as closely second. Muslims in third slot are thin scale.

St Mary’s Forane Church here dedicated to Mother Mary is a famous Pilgrim Center.

Meloor

Meloor is located on the south bank of Chalakudy Puzha and east of NH 47.

The village is a leading plantain cultivation centre and owns a position as the first village in Kerala to embark on plantain cultivation in large scale.

Most of the inhabitants are Christians followed by Hindus.

Christians and Hindus have their own shrines. Thiruhruthaya Church, Pushpagiri Church, St Joseph’s Church and Kuruppam Church is of Christian community. Poolani Sri Subramanya Temple, Sreepuram Sri Parvathy Temple, Sri Koramba Bhagawathy Temple and Devarajagiri Temple serve Hindu community.

Education needs of the village up to high school level are met by A U P School and St Joseph’s High School.

In healthcare and culture the village has good facilities.

Cheruthuruthy

The village located 32 km north of Thrissur city is on the banks of Bharathapuzha, also known as Nila Nadhi.

Cheruthuruthy is on the tourism map of world due to its cultural heritage. The world famous Kerala Kalamandalam, now a Deemed University for Cultural and Social Emergence, imparting training up to graduation level, in traditional art forms Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Koothu, Thullal, Drama, Folk Dances etc is located here. Kalamandalam established in 1930 by Mahakavi (great poet) Vallathol Narayana Menon has produced hundreds of genius hands in traditional art forms of Kerala’s own. The school has been instrumental in the revival of many art forms like karthakali. Despite conservative opposition, it follows an open door recruitment policy based on artistic merit rather than caste considerations. Though it has produced many Muslim and Christian graduates, these trained artists are still excluded from performing in temples. Kalamandlam artists perform in the great theatres of the world, many sharing their extraordinary skills with outsiders including luminaries of modern theatre such as Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook.

There are mural painting demonstrations and exhibitions of costume designing. The annual week long Thauryathrikam festival in January is a major attraction. Held at the Kuttambalam auditorium and river side open air campus, the event presents all the art forms taught at the academy and is free.

many foreigners also come to Kalamandalam academy each year to study full time ourses: one month introductions, three to six month intensives and full vocational training from four to six years. For further information contact the school office ( 04884 262418. Potography is not allowed anywhere in Kalamandalam without obtaining the photography permit ( Rs. 500 for ten images) The beauty rich village is a fertile land for growth of any art.

Hindus have an upper hand in population followed by Muslims and Christians.

Kozhimamparambu Bhagawathy Temple, Cheruthuruthy Mosque and St Thomas Church meet the prayer and worshipping needs of Hindus, Muslims and Christians respectively.

Chevoor

Chevoor is located 7 km south of Thrissur city on the way to Triprayar and Irinjalakuda.

Most of the inhabitants are Christians followed by Hindus.

Chevoor is an industrial village known all over India as it is a flourishing wooden furniture manufacturing centre. Hundreds of furniture units employing thousands of skilled craftsmen can be seen only in Chevoor. The units function in the households. Practically every household of the village is a unit of furniture making. The craftsmanship of Chevoor is commendable as it is expert in converting any wood to its command.

The village has its own facilities for education up to high school level.

In health front and cultural front it has adequate facilities.

Guruvayur

Guruvayur, situated 25 km north-west of Thrissur city, has attained town status. It is known as a temple town because of the famous Srikrishna Temple or say Guruvaryurappan Temple located here. In this temple thousands of devotees pay obeisance daily.

The daily income of Guruvatryurappan temple is amazingly good. The devotees give multi-faceted offerings some of which are costlier by several lakhs of rupees. One of the offerings is Thulabharam. Thulabharam is a peculiar type of offering. The devotee sits in one side of a Balance and the other side of the Balance is filled with the item he or she has avowed to give as Thulabharam. The item has to be filled till the centre point of the Balance becomes straight. That is, the weight of the item will be equal to the weight of the devotee. The items offered may be any according to the vow. Rice, paddy, coconut, areca-nut, banana, cereals, vegetables, flower, fabrics, copper, silver, gold, coins, currency notes and many other or any items hold the honour of becoming Thulabharam material.

The temple is not only a pilgrim center but also a cultural center where literature and art forms get developed.

More than one legend about the temple is in circulation. The more probable relates to Guru Brihaspathi (Guru of Devas) and the Vayu (the wind). In the beginning of the running Yuga (era) Brihspathi noticed a floating idol of Lord Krishna in sea. He picked it up with the help of Vayu and installed it at a place where the temple now stands. The name Guruvayoorappan is probably coined by three words – Guru (of Guru Brihaspathi), Vayu (who assisted to lift the idol) and Appan (father or lord).

Another legend has that Mahavishnu sitting in Vaikunta (a heavenly abode location) worshipped a Srikrishna idol and handed over to Brahma, the creator. When it was in the custody of Brahma, a childless couple, king Suthapa and his wife Prasina worshipped Brahma and prayed for a child. Pleased with the worship, Brahma handed down the idol to the couple with a direction to worship and pray fervently. After a period, Vishnu, the godfather, appeared before the couple and told that he himself will be born to them in three re-births in three different circumstances in three different forms. The third rebirth was as Vasudeva and Devaki to whom Lord Krishna was born as their eighth son.

Lord Krishna told his foremost disciple Udhava that he has installed an idol of Vishnu in the temple built by him at Dwaraka and that it should be entrusted to Brihaspathi to take to a scared place on earth so as to enable the people to worship in Kaliyuga (the era of dis-unity and hatred - the present era) and attain salvation. This was to be done after he left from earth to heavenly abode. Subsequently a flood submerged Dwaraka and the idol in the sea. Brahspathi recovered the idol with the assistance of Vayu who was his disciple. Both of them traveled throughout India in search of a sacred place and finally landed in Kerala. He narrated his objective to Parasurama, the legendary creator of Kerala, and with his help they located a spot where Guru and Vayu installed the idol. The divine architect Vishwakarma was requested to construct a temple there which he dutifully did. He built the temple ensuring that on the Vishu day (April 14) (summer equinox) sun made his obeisance in the temple. On that day the primary rays of the sun fall straight on the feet of Lord - an amazing architecture feat. Lord Shiva wished that the place be named Guruvaryoor as the idol installed and temple built was by both Guru and Vayu. The Oor of Guruvayoor means village or place. That is to say the G;uruvayoor means the place of Guru and Vayu.

Hundreds of marriages and hundreds of Choroonu (initiation to food for children) take place in the precincts of the temple practically every day. The marriages are not sanctified only very few days in a year as these days are considered inauspicious.

Flower and garland selling is a lucrative business in Guruvayur for which several shopping outlets dotted here.

Guruvayur is considered as the safest place on earth where women freely move wearing gold jewelleries worth of several lakhs of rupees.

During festivals the temple immerses in thousands of earthen lamps flamed uniformly around the temple.

The temple has an elephant stable at Punnathur Kota, 2 km distanced, where 64 elephants get sheltered ( daily 8am to 6pm). All these elephants are given by devotees as offering. The elephants aged from 8 to 95 live here munching for most of teh day and cared by their three personal mahouts who wash and scrub them several times a week in teh sanctuary pond. These elephants get Sukha Chikilsa (rejuvenation treatment) during the month of Karkidakom (July 17 to August 16). In fact, almost all domestic elephants in Kerala get administered the Sukhachikilsa during Karkidakom. The nerves and tissues of the body are receptive to the command of treatment during this month when the monsoon is at peak. Not only elephant, human beings also undergo Sukhachikilsa during this month.

During the month of Karkidakom almost all temples in Kerala arrange Anayoottu (feeding to elephants) in their precincts. Anayoottu is a ceremonial feeding with the food items most liked by the elephants. For Anayoottu the temples invite the elephants from known sources and the owners send them free of cost.

Guruvayur temple has set forth some strict modalities and restrictions to be followed by the devotees during visit.

1 Non-Hindus disallowed entry to the temple.

2 Devotees are permitted to enter the temple either through eastern or western Gopura (entrance tower). Darshan (obeisance) after a dip in temple pond (the temple pond of Guruvayurappan is known as Rudratheertha) and in wet clothes is considered ideal.

3 No temple rules are to be violated during the Darshan.

4 If any doubt is there on any matter the same can be cleared from the Security Staff or Attendants inside the temple.

5 Wearing shirts, pants, pyjamas, lungis, printed dhotis and footwear prohibited. Such items can be safely kept at Devaswom clock-rooms free of cost. At both east and west entrance cloak-room facilities are there. Till 26th July 2007 Churidar wearing (by ladies) was prohibited. From 27th onward the prohibition is lifted which is considered as a welcome decision by many.

6 Mobile phone, camera, video camera, radio and such electronic equipments are not allowed inside the Chuttambalm (four-walls of the temple).

7 Standing on Bali Kallu (sacrificial altar) for Darshan or otherwise inside the temple is prohibited.

8 Newly married couples are not allowed inside the Nalambalam (four-temple) soon after the marriage ceremony.

9 Care is to be taken not to spit, sneeze or omit inside the temple. If it takes place knowingly or unknowingly, the concerned person will have to pay for the Punyaha (purification ceremony).

10 Payments for Prasada (deity blessed offering materials) accepted at the respective counters on north side inside the temple.

11 The devotees offering ‘Aalroopa’ (image of banyan tree) in gold or silver required to approach the Watchman at the flag-staff for the same. He will direct to put the required amount of money in the Hundi (cash and article box) and place Aalroopa there on the Mandapa (stage).

12 The devotees offering silver or gold can deposit the same in a big Hundi placed inside the temple.

13 Those who desire offering on a particular day have to entrust the money early in advance. Those giving or sending cheque will have to be done so sufficiently in advance so as to have the cheque realized in time before the scheduled offering.

14 Devotees are permitted to make endowment funds by paying in advance. The interest from it will be utilized for the offerings desired by the devotees.

15 ‘Vella Nivedyam’ (a special type of god food) offered to the Lord giving to the elephants is considered good for the devotees.

Major chunk of population in Guruvayur is of Hindus, followed by Muslims and Christians.

Education facilities up to college level exist.

Excellent healthcare and cultural facilities are there.

Dozens of standard and starred hotels and auditoria function. Many hotels arrange marriage feasts.

Kanimangalam

Kanimangalam is a suburban village of Thrissur city and lies in the south side of the city.

The village is agrarian, producing coconut and paddy as main crops.

Majority of the inhabitants are Hindus followed by Christians. Muslims stand third.

Kanimangalam Sastha Temple located 0.5 km from Valiyalukkal on Thrissur-Irinjalakuda/Triprayar Road is famous. Nearby there is a Shiva Temple.

Kanimangalam Sastha is a participant in the famous Thrissur Pooram in which few other temples from interiors of the district also participate as prelude to the main Pooram sponsored by Paremakavu and Thiruvampady Temples in the heart of the city. Kanimangalam Sastha is the God to greet first the God Shiva of the Vadakumnathan Temple, on Pooram day, where the Thrissur Pooram is celebrated. Kanimangalam Sastha begins his journey at 4 am from his abode on caparisoned elephant accompanied percussion music and reaches Vadakumnathan Temple at 5.30 am.

The village has adequate facilities for education. A Government Women’s Polytechnic, S N Boys’ High School, S N Girls’ Higher Secondary School and Little Flower Convent Primary School function in the village.

Three sides of the village have paddy fields known as Kole Nilam. The nature of the Kole Nilam is that during monsoon it is heavily water logged. When the monsoon subsides in September/October de-watering is done with large horse power electric pump sets installed at various locations. De-watering process yields large catch of multi-variety fish.

Kecheri

The village is located 15 km from Thrissur city on Thrissur-Kunnamkulam Road.

It is an agrarian village producing mainly areca-nut and coconut.

Kecheri is famous for areca-nut trade. The areca-nut trade market of Kecheri is famed all over India and beyond the boundaries of India. Large volume of business takes place here – both in buying and selling.

The village nurses multi-faceted culture and heritage.

Population mainly is of Christians. Hindus rank second and Muslims third.

All the communities have their on shrines for soul-full peace.

The village has facilities for education up to high school level.

Kodakara

Kodakara has a small town in its own name which is located 20 km south of Thrissur city and on NH 47. Chalakudy is 10 km south of Kodakara.

The village is agriculture based, producing multi-crops.

In population Hindus corner 1st rank, Christians 2nd and Muslims 3rd rank.

Poonilakavu Bhagwathy Temple and Kunnathrikavil Subramanya Temple are well known shrines.

Kodakara has few noteworthy pilgrim centres.

Areswaram (land of six gods) Temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is on the western valley of Kodassery hills on Kodakara-Vellikulangara route, 4 km distanced from Kodakara town. Areswaram is known as Women’s Sabarimala as women of any age is allowed entry here in contrast to Sabarimala Temple where girls beyond puberty and ladies up to the age of 50 are disallowed entry. The Temple is also known as Mini-Sabarimala.

A ritual associated with the temple is ‘Punarjany Noozhal’(crawling for rebirth) which is very famous. The crawling is through a narrow cave near the temple with the chanting of Sarana Manthras(chanting of hymns about Lord Ayyappa). The undergoing of Punarjany Noozhal is aimed at getting the mind and soul rejuvenated after all the sins are nullified and for rebirth.

Kanakamala. On the top of Kanakamala (Kanaka hill) there is a pilgrim centre called Kurisumudi. This pilgrim centre is akin to the Malayattoor Pilgrim Centre in Ernakulam district. Churches of Irinjalakuda Diocese organize pilgrimage during March/April months to the hill top.

Kunnathrikavu. Kunnathrikavu is a hill of three temples. The splendor hill located 1 km north of Kodakara town shelters three temples of Shiva, Vishnu and Subramanya. The Sashti festival at Subramanya temple is an eventful festival.

The hill and the Subramanya Temple have resemblance with Pazhani Temple of Subramanya in Tamil Nadu.

St Antony’s Church. St Antony’s Church at Perambra, 3 km south of Kodakara town, was upgraded as a church in 1832 from a Chapel established in 1830.

Puthukavu Bhagawathy Temple. The temple is located near St Antony’s Church with 1 km distance and the deity is believed to be the sister of St Antony. Thalappoly festival is celebrated in the temple.

Sree Krishna Ashram. The Ashram is located on the western valley of Kodassery hills. Swamy Parameshwarananda Saraswathy heads the Ashram.

Sree Narayana Guru Chaitanya Matom. The Matom located at Perambra propagates and popularizes the ideals and preaching of late Sree Narayana Guru, the social reformer of Kerala, who proclaimed that human-being on earth is of one caste, one religion, one god.

Poonilarkavu Devi Temple. The temple located near Perambra is famous for Karthika festival.

St Joseph’s Forane Church. The church situated in the heart of Kodakara town is built in Gothic style.

Nitya Sahaya Matha Church. The church is located at Mattathur, 3 km distanced from Kodakara town, on Kodakara-Vellangallur route.

Mahavishnu Kshetram. The kshetram (temple) is located at Manakulangara, near Kodakara.

Edavana Sree Mahavishnu Kshetram. The temple is located at Marathompilli.

Juma Masjid. The Masjid (mosque) is located within Kodakara town.

The village has adequate facilities for education up to higher level. Government National Boys’ High School, Government National Girls’ High School, Government Lower Primary School, Don Bosco High School, Sahradaya Engineering College, Matha College of Medical Study and Viswa Vidya Bhavan English Academy function here.

On healthcare front too the village is quite advanced. Government Ayurveda Hospital at Perambra is one of the three government hospitals in Kerala where Panchakarma treatment is given. Shanti Hospital, an allopathic hospital, located within the town, is a source for good but economical treatment. A Primary Health Centre, a Government Homeo Dispensary at Kanakamala and many other private outlets in medical field render the services in the village.

Koorkenchery:

The village located south side close to Thrissur city is a commercial hub.

Most of the inhabitants are Hindus. Christians enjoy second position and Muslims third.

No dearth of Hindu and Christian shrines.

Sri Maheswara Temple where the Pooyam festival is famous and Sree Mahavishnu Temple at Kannamkulangara are the Hindu shrines. Nirmalapuram Church, St Sebastian’s Church and Christ the King Church are the Christian shrines.

In educational front the village has adequate representation. S N College for Girls, S N Boys and Girls High School, Bodhananda L P School, Ramananda School and J P H S & Teachers’ Training Center function with overload.

In healthcare the village has more advanced facilities in Elite Mission Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital.

Few units of tyre mould manufacturing, diamond polishing and gold ornament making function here.

Koratty:

Koratty is located on the southern boundary of the district and on NH 47.

It is an agriculture based village, producing paddy, coconut and areca-nut as main crops.

In the three-religion Kerala, here Christians enjoy an upper hand in population followed by Hindus. Muslims population is thin.

Koratty is known all over Kerala and beyond due to a Christian Pilgrim Center. It is St Mary’s Forane Church, more popularly known as Koratty Muthy. Koratty Muthy is the savior for all castes and creeds. Throughout the year, especially during the Feast days, devotees from near and far converge here to unload their sufferings and receive blessings from the Muthy, the Mother Mary.

The Feast is celebrated on Saturday and Sunday following 10th October every year and the Octave on the next Saturday and Sunday.

Faithful mass in the church and chapels from 1st October onwards and pray Holy Rosary in deep devotion for the success of the Feast and for blessings of the Muthy. A candle procession is taken around the church in between the Feast and Octave. The Feast is a festival actively participated by all religious faiths like in the case of Thrissur Pooram.

The devotees crawl on their knees, some with children on back, during normal days and Feast days as a mode of pray. Vehicles get blessed during normal days and Feast days. Novena is conducted for fulfillment of special objectives.

An estimated 1 to 1.5 million devotees visit the Muthy during Feast days.

No authentic record is detected even after extensive combing to find out the actual date of establishment of the shrine. The evidences chanced upon indicate that the shrine was there during the reign of Sakthan Thampuran (Rama Varma Thampuran) from 1775 to 1790 AD. A stout belief is that the shrine is an epitome of 14th century era and was established on 8 September 1381.

The creation story of the church plies on different rails. One plausible story is that Koratty Kaimal, a feudal lord, established the church during 6th century. During 6th century different Provinces were ruled by different kings or landlords. Koratty Kaimal and Kodassery Kartha were two neighbouring ruling landlords. The current generation of these landlords still lives in Koratty which spices the credibility of story connected with Koratty Kaimal. Many Christian youths were in the service of Kaimal. The Commander of the army was Kavalakkaden Kochuvareed, a Christian. In a battle between the armies of Kaimal and Kartha many killed. The Commander of Kaimal’s army was one amongst the killed. Kiamal made all arrangements for the funeral at the only church in the region at Ambazhakad. His rival, Kodassery Kartha objected and blocked the funeral procession. The procession returned in despair. The tired pall-bearers rested at a place after placing the coffin on the ground. After some time the pall-bearers readied to continue the return journey and ventured to lift the coffin. The coffin was firmly stuck in the ground and could not lift it up. All present bewildered. Hearing the happening, Kaimal gave directive to bury the body then and there and did so. Kaimal immediately built a church behind the burial spot. A granite cross stands today at the burial spot. Kaimal gifted lots of land to the church for generating income to meet the expenses of administration and rituals in the church. This church later came to be known as Koratty Muthy or Marian Pilgrim Center.

There are many stories about the omnipresent powers of the Muthy. One of them relates to Poovankula (bunch of Poovan variety of banana), the favourite offering to the Muthy. A devotee from Meloor, 10 km distanced from Koratty, was bringing a bunch of Poovan Pazham (ripe Poovan banana) as an offering to Koratty Muthy. En-route at Muringoor a rich farmer saw the banana bunch and asked for two bananas as it is a delicious variety. The devotee could not oblige him as it was for offering to Muthy. The rich man did not like the refusal and plucked two bananas forcefully and ate. Immediately he developed pain in stomach. The pain subsisted despite many treatments. The physicians ultimately advised him that God alone can cure it and to repent if many misdeeds have done and to do reparation. The rich man realized the cause and gifted half of his land to Koratty Muthy as offering. Done this, the stomach pain was disappeared.

Another story revolves Koratty Angadi Railway Station. A train was passing through Koratty Angadi during the Feast of Koratty Muthy. The train halted suddenly at Koratty Angadi . The efforts to restart the train proved futile. As the train refused to budge the passengers alighted on hearing the drum beats and fire works connected with the Feast, and worshipped Koratty Muthy. After the worship they came back and seated in the train. At this time the impatient train driver made one more attempt to start the train and to the surprise of all the t rain moved forward. This incidence prompted the railway officials to make a Station at Koratty Angadi which is the current Koratty Angadi Railway Station.

Yet another story is about the Thread Mill at Koratty. The plot where the Mill is located was marked for a Military Airbase during the 2nd world war. Brisk work started for the airbase. No progress achieved in the work despite many days of work by many. A lady with a child in hand is said to have mysteriously interrupted the work all through which was the reason for having no progress in the work. The lady with a child in hand is believed to be none other than Koratty Muthy. Realizing this, the contractor of the work made models of implements and tools used in the airbase work, in silver, and placed them at the feet of Koratty Muthy. Consequently the plan to make airbase was given up. In the plot, later Jamuna Thread Mill came up ostensibly with the blessings of Muthy as it will provide jobs for few hundreds.

Crawling on knees is one the offerings to the Muthy. The crawling starts from the main entrance to the main altar, some with children on the back.

The devotees bring home Muthy blessed Poovan banana given from the church and preserve the same in sanctity after drying and powdering it. This powder cures ailments like stomach pain, many testify.

The church runs two schools and a hospital. Church Lower Primary School and Mar Augustine Memorial High School are the schools. The hospital is Devamatha Hospital.

In contrast to other churches in Kerala the church of Muthy has so many attractions. In the altar the pictures of 12 Apostles are embossed on a wooden frame. The Holy Trinity Crowning Holy Mother Mary is also embossed.

Important events in the life of Mother Mary painted on the walls inside the church. A Roopa Pura (tower house) is built based on the ancient Kerala sculpture.

During the Feast days the statue of Koratty Muthy is taken in procession from the church and placed for veneration in Roopa Pura.

There is a statue of Jesus Christ praying in Indian style – Padmasana.

A museum of Archaeological, Biblical and Marian is there in the precincts of the church.

Outdoors of the church is beautifully carved.

An ancient granite Cross, a Fatima Grotto and a well maintained Rosary Village are found only here in Kerala.

Thulabharam, similar to the Thulabharam at Guruvayur Temple, is one of the offerings here. K Karunakaran, former Chief Minister of Kerala had offered Thulabharam with Poovan Pazham.

A bunch of Poovan Pazham made of gold and owned by the church is displayed during the Feast days.

Kottapadi:

The village is located 2 km west of Guruvayur.

In Kottapadi there is an elephant stable known as Punnathur Kotta owned by Guruvayur Temple. There are 64 elephants at present, all of them received by the temple as offering from devotees. Punnathur Kotta is a tourist spot where hundreds of tourists come daily to enjoy the elephant beauty. No other place is there in Kerala or in India where such a large number of elephants are stabled.

Punnathur Kotta has been recognized as Tourist Spot by the Government of India and funds for its modification and up-gradation have been sanctioned.

Kottapadi is an agrarian village, producing mainly coconut.

Majority of the inhabitants are Hindus. Muslims count second and Christians third.

Kuriachira:

Kuriachira is within Thrissur city limit having distance of only 2 km. It lies south of the city.

Kuriachira is a posh residential area and a commercial hub. The feminine Malayalam writer and social critic Sara Joseph is the native of Kuriachira. Her award winning novel ‘Aalhayude Penmakkal’ bares open the history, people, life, taste and lingua tone of Kuriachira.

Mar Themotheus High School, St Paul’s Convent Girls High School and St Joseph’s Boys High School are learning centers of excellence here.

Circular shaped St Joseph’s Church of Kuriachira famous. Late Vadakkanachan (Father Vadakkan), a social critic, was one time Vicar of St Joseph’s Church. His role in shaping Kuriachira as modern was commendable.

St Gregoriose Orthodox Church at Nehru Nagar in Kuriachira is dedicated to St Gregoriose of Parumala. Majority of the inhabitants here are Christians. Hindus and Muslims come in second and third position respectively.

Mala:

The village Mala is in the southern outskirt of the district.

Mala is predominantly agrarian, producing mainly coconut.

The cine actor Mala Aravindan hails from here.

Mala had once a Jewish settlement. One after one, all of them migrated to their mother land Israel. A Jewish Synagogue and a Cemetery, both dilapidated, stand as mute witnesses to the once active Jewish presence.

The village has adequate education facilities starting from the base level to graduation level.

In healthcare the facilities are excellent. Kandamkulathy Ayurveda Pharmacy, a manufacturing-cum-treatment unit of repute and hereditary standing is headquartered here.

Hindus, Christians and Muslims inhabit here.

Mannuthy:

Mannuthy is in the eastern periphery of Thrissur city having a distance of 5 km.

Mannuthy’s location is on a strategic spot on NH 47, en-route Palakkad and at the starting point of Thrissur bye-pass. The centre of Mannuthy does not sleep even for an hour in the night. Its various motels and restaurants keep the doors open for 24 hours to entertain the guests. Many travelers through NH 47, an all time busy path, halt at Mannuthy to have its warm reception and to dispel the hungry or thirst.

The village is totally agrarian, churning out multi-faceted produces.

As Mannuthy is the head-quarter of Kerala Agricultural University, the place is considered as the germinating center for all things connected with agriculture. The exact location of the University is at Vellanikkara, a hand stretch distance from Mannuthy center.

Not only Agriculture University, Mannuthy also shelters the prestigious institutions like College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, College of Dairy Science and Technology and Agriculture Research Station.

Nearby at Madakkathara with Cashew Research Station and at Peechi with Forest Research Station the credibility of Mannuthy is hiked further.

In private sector the schools of eminence Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, CMS School, Don Bosco ICSC School, VVS High School and Don Bosco Minor Seminari flourish in the soil of Mannuthy.

Mannuthy is the capital of flower, fruit, spices and herb nurseries. Nowhere in India can see such vast nurseries in such large numbers as in Mannuthy. Plants from here go to all parts of the world.

Majority of the dwellers in Mannuthy is Christians followed by Hindus. Muslims stand third population-wise.

 

Karukutty :

  The village is located north of Angamali town and south of Chalakudy town on NH 47. It is an agrarian village. Main produces are paddy and coconut.

Household settlements amidst paddy fields can be noticed here – a rare phenomenon in Kerala. Each settlement consists of 10 to 50 households of different religious mix.

The predominant population of Hindus and Christians is in pa more or less.

No shortage of shrines for either community.

Karalam :

Karalam village is located at 8 km from Irinjalakuda town and 15 km from Thrissur town. Situated on the banks of Karuvannur Puzha (river), the village has natural charm.

This predominantly Hindus inhabited village has adequate educational institutions ranging from lower primary school to high school. For higher education the village depends on Irinjalakuda and Thrissur.

Shrines of Hindus, Christians and Muslims peacefully co-exist.

The auditorium of Kumaranchira Bhagawathi temple right in nerve center of the village meets the auditorium requirement for marriages in the village.

Kuzhur :

  This small village is located at the south end of the district. The nearest place is Mala where there was a Jewish settlement. Now the settlement is orphaned and dilapidated.

Kuzhur with Karuvannur Puzha on south border is surrounded by paddy fields.

The village is rich in shrines – both of Hindus and Christians. Amongst Hindu shrines Sri Subramanyaswamy temple is famous where 8-day long festival is celebrated with pomp and show. The final day of the festival witnesses the procession by 15 caparisoned tuskers accompanied by percussion music.

The village is mainly inhabited by Hindus followed by Christians.

On education front Kuzhur is far advanced village with adequate educational institutions.

Nattika :

The coastal village Nattika is located at 25 km from Thrissur town.

The village is a much developed one. Hundreds of villagers are in Middle East countries. The regular flow of money from abroad and income from coconut, the major agriculture produce of the village, have made the village affluent.

The famous Sri Rama Temple of Triprayar is in this village. In addition to Sri Rama temple there are more than 8 temples in the village as almost all leading families have their own temples. A church and a mosque meet the godly requirement of Christians and Muslims.

Education facilities in the village are excellent. Education institutions range from Lower Primary Schools to Polytechnic to College.

There is an excellent Beach called Nattika Beach which is the delight of tourists.

The inhabitants are mostly Hindus followed by Muslims and Christians.

National Highway 17 passes through the village.

The village center has grown to a medium town.

Thalore :

Thalore is located 9 km south of Thrissur town.

Once a center of tile factories, the village has at present tile factories for the name sake only. The decline in demand for tiles following the people preferring RCC works forced many factories to vanish from the scene.

The hallmark of Thalore is Infant Jesus Church located in the highest point in the village at 96 feet from sea level in the nerve center of the village.

Chakkamkulangara Dharmasastha temple and Sri Mahadeva temple are important shrines of Hindus. Christians and Hindus more or less equally populated here.

The village is rich in educational institutions. A Lower Primary School, an Upper Primary School, a High School and Parallel College cater the educational needs.

Vallivattom :

The village is 8 km equally distanced from Irinjalkuda in north and Kodungallore in south.

The village is agrarian, main produce being coconut.

Compared to any other village in Kerala, Vallivattom has more shires - 15 for Hindus, 7 for Muslims and 3 for Christians.

The composition of population is with Hindus on higher side followed by Muslims and Christians.

To meet the educational requirements the village has 5 schools down from Lower Primary up to High School. The village depended on Irinjalakuda and Thrissur for higher education.

Coir making is the main vocation. Prawn farming is there in a limited scale.

Ammadom :

Ammadom, a scenic village, is 8km distanced from Thrissur town.

The village has paddy fields in three sides. The paddy fields here are called ‘Kole’. The Kole is water filled during monsoon. When the monsoon subsides in September/October the cultivation takes place after dewatering. During the furry period of monsoon the water level in the Kole will be at 10 to 15 ft high.

The calm and scenic village is apt for village tourism and a fine location to land escaped from harrowing life in the urban area for relaxation and bath in pollution-free air.

Ammadom is the abode of migratory birds during October to December end.

Christians, Hindus and Muslims constitute the population with major share to Christians followed by Hindus and Muslims.

St Antony’s High School with 2500 pupil strength caters to the education needs of the village.

Ammadam is an agrarian village with paddy, areca-nut and coconut counting for major produces.

Athani :

Located at about 10 km north of Thrissur town, Athani has an industrial area housing a number of small scale industries.

A government medical college and an ESI hospital are two renowned establishments in Athani. The service of medical college hospital is vastly availed by Thrissur and Palakkad districts and Malappuram district on a lesser scale.

The major share of population is cornered by Hindus. Second position is annexed by Christians. The Muslims stand in third position.

The educational institutions in the village are equiped to meet the medium level of education only.

Chermanangad :

This is a small village located on Kunnamkulam-Wadakkanchery Road. The nearest town is Kunnamkulam.

The village came to be known outside when an ancient burial site was discovered. The site was concealed under an umbrella like stone. This type of stone in local language is called Kudakallu. When discovered, many of the stones were plundered due to various causes. The non-plundered ones removed to museums as preserves of historical import. The archaeologists confirmed the age of the stones to over 4000 years. The bodies were placed in urns made of earth and buried the same over which umbrella stones were placed as indication.

Once an agrarian village, Cheramanangad is now wearing the cap of a small urban center. It lost the agrarian face with the onslaught of construction boom. The village is divided into many housing plots where concrete jungle has come up and still comes up.

In the center of the village there is a temple called Kunnambathukavu. The annual festival here is celebrated as a mega event every year in April. The festival is attended by many.

Kurumpilavu :

Kurumpilavu village is located 17 km away from Thrissur town and 7 km from Triprayar on Thrissur-Triprayar route. The village is agrarian and affluent. Coconut, paddy and areca-nut corner major positions in the produces range.

The calm and picturesque village has Koles (paddy fields water logged during monsoon) in its three sides. When the monsoon subsides after August dewatering of the Kole is done for cultivation. In the thick of monsoon the water level would be 10 to15 ft high.

The Karuvannur Puzha flows through the south border.

Hundreds of educated and non-educated have migrated to Gulf countries and engaged in lucrative jobs there. Their regular income to the homes and the uninterrupted income from agriculture have changed the life style of the villagers. Few years ago majority of the houses were palm-leaf roofed. As against this, not a single house is there with palm-leaf roof now. Their place has taken over by concrete structures. Hundreds of beautiful villas and mansions are a common sight now.

The village has adequate educational institutions. Two lower primary schools, two upper primary schools, two high schools and two English medium schools and one higher secondary school cater the village. For higher education it depends in the nearby places.

The village is rich in shrines too. Five Hindu shrines, two Christian shrines and three Muslim shrines flourish here.

To meet the jet-age banking requirements the village has three banks with one having two branches.

Few important sites in the radius of the village make it more appealing. The famous Sri Rama temple at Thriprayar within 7 km, the famous Nattika Beach within 4 km from Triprayar, the famous Koodalmanikyam Kshetram (temple) at Irinjalukada within 12 km, equally if not more famous Arattupuzha Sri Sastha temple within 7 km and the renowned Sri Subramanya temple at Cherpu within 7 km make Kurumpilavu incomparable to any other village in Kerala.

Major share of the population goes to Hindus followed by Christians and Muslims.

The calm and scenic village has the mettle and merit to turn as a tourism village.

Pazhuvil :

Located 17 km from Thrissur town, Pazhuvil is an agrarian village.

Rich in culture, it has all the qualities of an old village. Three sides’ paddy fields bordered village’s major produces are coconut and paddy. During monsoon the paddy fields get water-logged, presenting an amazing sight.

In the middle of the village a canal called Puthenthode emerged from Karuvannur Puzha flows from south to north. The north end merges into Kokkalai Kulam (pond) in Thrissur city.

A 2000-year old Subramanya Kshetram and 960 AD original St Antony’s Forane Church are the prestigious spiritual centers of the village. The temple celebrates Shashti Mahotsavam in the month of Thulam (October/November). The Church is the first in India named after St Antony.

Christians outnumber other individual communities. Hindus stand as close second. Muslims are in third position.

Muslims have two mosques to meet their religious urges.

With facilities for education up to high school level and healthcare the village is happy in all aspects.

Olarikara:

Olarikara, usually called Olari, lying in the outskirt of Thrissur city is a gateway to the city.

An important residential area, the place has all the modern amenities.

Three important hospitals – Mother Hospital, Chandramathi Amma Memorial Hospital and an Employees’ State Insurance Hospital – make Olari a busy destination.

Population-wise Hindus are in majority. Christians enjoy second position and the Muslims third.

Hindus and Christians have their own shrines.

Mupliyam:

Located 8 km east of Pudukad on NH 47, the village is totally agrarian and green blanketed.

The main produces of the village are coconut and banana.

Kurumali Puzha snakes through Mupliyam.

The goddess of the Madapillikavu temple located near the banks of Kurumali Puzha is the main deity of the village.

Hindus are in majority followed by Christians.

Ollur:

Ollur is located 5 km south of Thrissur city.

The vocation of the village is trade and commerce. Once, this place was famous for wooden packing case industry. Hundreds of units used to function. Lack of demand forced many to roll down the shutters. Presently only finger-count units function.

The multi-religion cast Ollur has more Hindus. The Ollur center where the commercial activities are clustered is Christian dominated.

The annual festival of Arch Angel St Raphael celebrated on 24th October by St Antony’s Church is very famous. People from far away places queue up here.

St Mary’s Convent where the tomb of Rev Mother Evuprasia is resting is also an important pilgrim centre.

Edakkunni Durgadevi temple built by the sage Parasurama, the legendary creator of Kerala, is near Ollur centre.

Patturaikkal:

Located just 2 km north of Swaraj Roand in Thrissur city, Patturaikkal is an active commercial centre positioned in a strategic spot.

Thrissur-Guruvayur Road and Thrissur-Shornur Road cross through Patturaikkal junction.

Thiruvampady Sreekrishna temple, the co-sponsor of famous Thrissur Pooram, is here. Poonkunnam Shiva temple is nearby.

Scores of healthcare centers and cultural centers function here.

Hindus are in brute majority here. The presence of other communities is scarce.

Peruvamkulangara :

Peruvamkulangara is a small village sandwiched between Ollur and Kuttanellur.

Once a paddy field, the place is now a busy residential area close to Thrissur city.

The multi-religion cast village has all the modern amenities.

Punnayurkulam :

The village is located 10 km from Guruvayur on Guruvayur-Ponnani state highway.

The vocation of the village is agriculture.

The village is proud of giving birth to M T Vasudevan Nair, Nalappattu Balamani Amma and Kamala Das (now renamed to Surayya following the embracing of Islam), the illustrious writers.

The village is Hindu dominated.

Pavittakulangara Devi temple, Parur Shiva temple and Govindapuram Krishna temple are sacred Hindu shrines.

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Puzhakkal :

Once paddy fields spread, Puzhakkal, 5 km distanced from Thrissur city, on Thrissur-Guruvayur Road, is now a satellite town.

Huge developments take place here. Largest in Kerala and second largest in Inida, Lulu International Convention Center with multi-pronged amenities has come up. A high-tech hospital destined to rank first in South India and yet another Convention Center are in the mould.

The automobile giants gate-crash to open their sales and service outlets. Few have already positioned.

Many high-rise apartments are in pipe line.

An inter-district and inter-state bus terminal is on the cards.

Close proximity to the District Administrative Centre in Ayyanthol and vast vacant land availability attract investors to Puzhakkal.

A tourist spot, Vilangankunnu, is close to Puzhakkal.

Puzhakkal owns up a national level tennis academy – Kinattunkal Tennis Academy.

Sakthan Tampuran Nagar :

Sakthan Tampuran Nagar or say S T Nagar is a high volt commercial and administrative centre within Thrissur city.

Before the arrival of Pope John Paul II the place was a garbage and effluent dumping ground. The paucity of space to accommodate expected millions of faithful forced the authorities to reclaim the dumping ground.

After the arrival of Pope the ground was made use for multi-pronged usages.

Today, Kerala’s largest private bus station, a retail and wholesale vegetable market, a wholesale and retail fish market, a meat market, an all and sundry second hand engineering and automobile items market do roaring business here.

District Police Headquarters, City Traffic Police Headquarters, Police Club, Fire Force Headquarters, Life Insurance Corpn of India Area Office, Head Post Office, Income-tax Office, Central Excise and Customs Office, Trichur Heart Hospital, Balya Children’s Hospital, three 3-star Hotels and Head Office of a large Bank make S T Nagar the life line of Thrissur city.

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