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Alathur is a village and gram panchayat in the Palakkad district of Kerala, South India. It is the headquarters of the Alathur Taluk and is situated at the south west end of the district 24 km from the district headquarters at Palakkad. Alathur Taluk is predominantly rural and has an agricultural economy. It is the largest and one of the 32 villages of Musugundan community. It is located along the Coimbatore-Cochin national highway NH 47.
There is very little industry in Alathur Taluk. Alathur town was once well known for its beedi cottage industry but production has declined due to anti-smoking efforts. Agarbatti is also produced by a cottage industry. Recently some industrial development such as steel smelting has arisen near Manjalur in Erimayur Panchayat. Historically there were a number of rice mills in the area but their numbers have declined.
There are a number of schools up to the higher secondary level within Alathur Taluk. There are two colleges for arts and science, and one engineering college.
A S Muhammed Kutty Sahib Memorial Higher Secondary School (A S M M H S S) is a public institution which has been operating in the area for over a centuries. The school also houses a very old Gandhiji statue which has become a landmark. Former students of this school have developed an online community which helps to keep in touch with each other, named as AGATE COHORT. They have also created a website which helps students to find details about KEAM (Kerala Engineering Agriculture Medical entrance), named KEAMinfo Muthoot Fincorp Ltd providing Gold loans and other financial services located in Old bus stand.
BSS Gurukulam Higher Secondary School, is also located here.
The National Highway No.47 passes through the entire length of Alathur Taluk. Because of this the region is well connected by road to all parts of Kerala inclulding the state capital. A number of private and government buses ply on this road between Trissur and Palakkad.
Alathur does not have a railway connection due to the presence of the mountainous terrain at Kuthiran towards Trissur. A recent government decision to revive an old plan to construct the Kollengode-Trissur railway line may come as a blessing to Alathur.
Nearby places and events
The forest area near Choolanur called Mayiladumpara has a considerable population of peafowl and the Forest Department has declared the area a sanctuary.
Malamalmukku is 0.5 km from Alathur.
Mudappallur is 10 km from Alathur. Mudappallur's famous festival is azhikulangara bhagavathy vela which is celebrated on May 21 or 22.
Padur is around 8 km from Alathur. The festival of Padur is Padur Vela.
Vanoor is another place in Alathur. There is a big hill called Veezhumala and the legend from the Ramayana is that when Hanuman went to take mrithasanjivani a small part from the hill he was carrying fell down which became the Veezhumalla (Fallen Mountain in Malayalam language). Paddy fields and rubber are the main agriculture in Vanoor.
Kavassery is a small village, 4 km from Alathur. Parakkattu Kavu is a small temple situated in this village with pooram the main festival which falls on Pooram star in the Malayalam month Meenam (March–April).
Athipotta 8 km from Alathur is famous for its Mangottu Kavu Temple.
Arangattu Parambu is a small village on the way to Puthiyankam from Alathur. It is a part of the Pudiyankam Desam. There are some remnants of an old Shiva temple. A legend is that it was a very big temple demolished during Tippu Sultan's aggression. There is a small mount nearby called Pallikkunnu and a pond near to the remnants of the temple called Pallikkulam. The word "Palli" is always related to something royal or religious.
Kattussery village forms part of Alathur and lies between Vanoor and Puthiyankam villages. Because of the lack of any employment opportunities, the youth of the village have migrated to far-away cities in search of jobs. The village population is therefore predominantly of older people. Kattussery-Puthiyankam Vela is a famous festival which falls on the Atham Star in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March–April). Vettakoruman temple of pudiyankom is one of famous old age temples and trippalur shiva temple one of 101 shiva temples in India has its own old splendour. pudiyankom has one of old nair thara.
There is good view Mountain Vezhumala, this mountain has its own history, which is the part of Indian epics Ramayana
Panchayats in Alathur Taluk
The Alathur assembly constituency is part of the Alathur Loksabha constituency.
Alathur has been home to some famous personalities including:
- K.P.Kesava Menon the first editor of the Mathrubhumi newspaper
- Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar
- Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi
- Swami Tapovan Maharaj
- G. P. Pillai
- Maythil Radhakrishnan - Famous writer in Malayalam
- "Reports of National Panchayat Directory". Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Assembly Constituencies – Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies". Kerala. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
- District Development Authority, Thanjavur
- - Koduvayur community website. Koduvayur is 10 km west of Alathur.