Attingal

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Attingal
Town
town
Attingal Kacheri Nada Junction
Attingal Kacheri Nada Junction
Attingal is located in Kerala
Attingal
Attingal
Coordinates: 8°41′N 76°50′E / 8.68°N 76.83°E / 8.68; 76.83Coordinates: 8°41′N 76°50′E / 8.68°N 76.83°E / 8.68; 76.83
Country India
State Kerala
District Thiruvananthapuram
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 35,648
Languages
 • Official Malayalam
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 695101
Telephone code 0470
Vehicle registration KL-16

Attingal is a municipality in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state, India. It is a part of the Chirayinkeezhu Taluk, and the important government institutions of the taluk such as the Taluk office and treasuries are situated in Attingal town . It is in the suburb of the extended metropolitan region of Thiruvananthapuram city. It is situated 30 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram. Its the most important and biggest place in Trivandrum district, only after to the capital city. The Keezhattingal village is 3 km from here.

Demographics[edit]

NH47 at Attingal

According to the 2001 census,[1] Attingal has a population of 35,648. Males constitute 47% of the population and females 53%. Attingal has an average literacy rate of 95%, with 98% of males and 92% of females literate. 11% of the population is under the age of 6. The town is famed for its cleanliness in recent years. The municipality has undertaken many plans which had been succeeded. the municipality also achieved a couple of awards for the success.

Politics[edit]

The Attingal assembly constituency is part of Attingal (Lok Sabha constituency).[2]

Notable landmarks[edit]

The Attingal Palace had an important role in the history of Kerala. It played a significant role in the growth of the Tranvancore Dynasty. The Attingal Palace gained prominence in the 14th century when Udaya Marthanda Varma ascended the throne of Travancore. He adopted two princesses from the royal family of the Kolathiris of North Malabar. A palace for each one of them was built by the king at Attingal and Kunnummel. The palace witnessed the first ever united rebellion against the British. The first uprising took place on April 15, 1721. A British contingent comprising 140 men were killed. It triggered off a series of insurrections. The walls of the palace are adorned with murals. The main edifice of the palace is now under the control of the Devaswom Board.

Veeralam Sree Krishna temple, also called as Veera-Keralapuram temple, is the hallmark of the town, which brings auspiciousness and serenity to the town.

Sarkara Devi Temple,Ramarachamvila Sree Durgambika Temple(Thinavila, keezhattingal), Keezhattingal Sree Subrahmanya swamy Temple, Mudakkal Amunthirathu Devi temple, Nakramcode Devi Temple, Varkala beach (17 km), Paravur estuary and backwaters (27 km) and Anjengo Fort are major tourist attractions near Attingal. There is also a monument to the great poet of Kerala, Sri Kumaran Asan, who was born and brought up at Kaikkara (near Varkala). The monument is at Thonnakkal, just 5 km south of Attingal alongside National Highway 47, en route to Trivandrum.

The historical fort of Anchuthengu is about 10 km from Attingal town and the famous Siva temple Avanavanchery Sri Indilayappan Temple is within the Attingal Municipal area. The family goddess of the Travancore Maharaja is worshipped at Kollampuzha Thiruvarattu Kavu just 3 km away, with annual public celebrations held every year under the auspices of the Royal Family and the Travancore Devaswom Board. The Sree Durgambika Temple is located approximately 4 km from Kacheri Junction in Keezhattingal.

Transport[edit]

Attingal is one of the nerve centres of Thiruvanathapuram dist and the important town connecting Trivandrum and Kollam cities. NH 47 passes through Attingal. Due to the prolonged traffic hassles of the town, a new NH-bypass is on the anvil. The nearest railway stations are Chirayinkeezhu Railway station(7 km) and Kadakkavur Railway station (8 km). Trivandrum International Airport (33 km) is the nearest Airport. Two dedicated bus depots are available in the forms of a KSRTC bus depot and a private bus complex, both in the heart of the town.

Prominent Educational Institutions[edit]

  • Govt Girls Higher Secondary School.
  • College of Engineering, Attingal.
  • Govt College, Attingal.
  • Govt ITI.
  • Govt Polytechnic.
  • Sr.E.J CSI English Medium Higher Secondary school (STATE/CBSE)
  • Govt Model Boys Higher Secondary School.
  • Govt HS Avanavanchery
  • DIET School
  • Town UPS School
  • Navabharath Higher Secondary School
  • Vidyathi Raja HSS
  • Mother India Residential School, Keezattingal CBSE
  • Sree Gokulam Public School CBSE
  • Love Dale School, CBSE
  • vidyadhiraja English medium higher secondary school

Prominent Personalities[edit]

1. Prem Nazir: Prem Nazir was a very popular Indian film actor, who is considered one of the all time super stars in Malayalam cinema

2. Adv G.Madhusoodanan Pillai Member Guruvayur Devaswom Board, NSS Union President He is an eminent personality from the central part of Attingal and was a former Public Prosecutor.

3. KP Potty Ex-Municipal Chairman

4. S. Harihara Iyer Former Municipal Chairman

5. Parvathipuram Padmanabha Iyer Renowned Musician

6. Vijayaraghavan Former CEO Technopark, Trivandrum

7. Ibraheem Kutty Labba Well known Scholar from Chirayinkeezhu Kattumurakkal Ayittaravu family

8. Sahib Bahadur. Malika Muhammed Abdul Khader M.L.A Ex.Member of Sree Moolam Popular Assembly,1928, & 1929. Also Formerly Elected Member of Attingal Municipal Council.

9. A.A.K.A Ahmed Kannu Founder of AAK Lorry Service Attingal, Died on 1988.

10.A Abdul Rasheed Kudakkada Rasheed, The Central Umbrella Mart, Attingal. Est 1965.

11. Attingal Janardhanan Pillai (1921-2006) - Ex-Municipal Chairman. An accomplished member of Attingal Bar, who was also associated with community services as State Vice President of Nair Service Society. He was the Chirayinkeezh Taluk Union president of NSS for almost three decades and a member of its director board for about two decades. Was instrumental in setting up of the NSS college at Nilamel.

Historical Importance[edit]

Attingal Outbreak

Attingal Outbreak (Anjengo Revolt; April–October 1721) refers to the massacre of 140 East India Company officers by native Indians and the following siege of Fort Anjengo. The siege ended with arrival of reinforcements from the English controlled Tellicherry. The Attingal Outbreak is often regarded as the first organized revolt against British authority in Malabar, Cochin and Travancore. The main reasons behind the resentment was large scale corruption and the manipulation of black pepper prices by the Company.

Following the Outbreak, the English and the native rulers entered into an agreement under which;

the Company was compensated for all losses sustained during the attack on Anjengo was also given the sole monopoly of trade in pepper the right to erect factories in places of its choice

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies". Kerala. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-21.