Kondotty

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Kondotty
കൊണ്ടോട്ടി
Town
Kondotty
Kondotty Town Main Junction
Kondotty Town Main Junction
Kondotty is located in Kerala
Kondotty
Kondotty
Coordinates: 11°08′49″N 75°57′50″E / 11.147°N 75.964°E / 11.147; 75.964
Country  India
State Kerala
District Malappuram District
Village
Area
 • Total 122.99 km2 (47.49 sq mi)
Population (1991)
 • Total 152,839
Languages
 • Official Languages Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 673638
Telephone code 0483
Vehicle registration KL 10

Kondotty (Malayalam: കൊണ്ടോട്ടി) is a Revenue Village and Gram panchayat, and is also a developing town in Malappuram district, Kerala, South India which is located near Calicut International Airport, 24 km away from Malappuram.Kondotty Taluk with Kondotty as it's headquarters, is declared as the seventh taluk in Malappuram district by chief minister Oommen Chandy on 23rd December 2013.[1][2]

Kondotty is famous for the Nercha (Malayalam for 'offering') in the Pazhayangadi Mosque. Kondotty is the birthplace of the great Mappila poet, Moyinkutty Vaidyar. He popularised Mappilapattu (Mappila songs) by his poems on non-religious and romantic themes. A memorial for this poet has also been built in Kondotty.

History[edit]

The history of Kondotty is connected with that of the 18th century Kondotty Thangals, the Sufi exponents. Tipu Sultan of Mysore brought the first Thangal Muhammad Shah, to bring the Mappilas on his side. The Thangal first resided at Areekode and later settled in Kondotty. When the British arrived, putting an end to the reign of Tipu Sultan, the Thangal switched sides and joined the British. Hence, during the 1921 upsurge, the Mappila mob attacked the house of the seventh Thangal, Nasiruddin Shah.

Nediyiruppu is a place 2 km from Kondotty. It is from where the Zamorin kingdom was expanded. During the ancient times, Zamorins were known as Neiyiruppu Swaroopams.

Climate[edit]

The district has more or less the same climatic conditions prevalent else-where the state, viz, dry season from December to February, hot season from March to May, the South West Monsoon from October to November. The South West Monsoon is usually very heavy and nearly 75 percent of the annual rains are received during this season. The climate is generally hot and humid; the range of temperature varying between 30oC and 20oC. The Average annual rainfall is 290 mm.[3]

Transport[edit]

Air[edit]

The Calicut International Airport

Calicut International Airport (also known as Karipur International Airport) is located about 3 km from the Town. Almost all international flights operating from the airport are to Middle East destinations targeting the large NRI population of north Kerala working in Middle East.

Rail[edit]

Feroke,Tirur and Calicut are the nearest railway stations.

Road[edit]

Kondotty is well connected to nearest places through roads. National Highway 213 which connects Kozhikode, Palakkad and Malappuram passes through Kondotty.

Government Institutions, Offices and Service Centers[edit]

Government and Government aided institutions[edit]

  • Kerala State Haj Committee ( Haj House ), Airport Road, Kondotty.
  • District Panchayath Press,17th Mile, Kondotty.
  • Mappila Kala Academy ( Maha Kavi Moyinkutty Vaidyar Smarakam ), Pandikkad Street, Kondotty.

Taluk, Block and sub-district level Government administrative Offices[edit]

  • Kondotty Block Panchayath Office, Pandikkad Street, Kondotty.
  • Kondotty Taluk Headquarters, Block Office Road, Kondotty.
  • Assistant Educational Office, Pazhayangadi Street, Kondotty.
  • Office of the Circle Inspector of Police, Main Road, Kondotty.
  • Office of the Circle Inspector of Excise, 17th Mile, Kondotty.
  • Sub Registrar Office, Kurupath Street, Kondotty.

Other Government administrative Offices[edit]

Citizen Service Centers[edit]

Education[edit]

Kondotty is an emerging education hub with lots of Government and Non-Government Schools, Colleges and other educational Institutions on its radius.

Schools[edit]

Colleges[edit]

  • E. M. E. A. College of Arts and Science, ( Affiliated to Calicut University), Kumminiparamba, Kondotty .[4]

University[edit]

Historic Monuments[edit]

Kondotty is home to several historic sites which belongs to the British period or before.

Pazhayangadi Mosque[edit]

Situated at Kondotty, this mosque is believed to date back to the 18th Century is also called as the Kondotty mosque. This mosque is dedicated to a Muslim Saint, Muhammad Shah popularly called as Kondotty Thangal.[3][5]

Festivals[edit]

Kondotty Nercha[edit]

Kondotty Nercha was a week long festival held every year at Pazhayangadi Mosque, which contains the tomb of the first Thangal, Muhammad Shah. Thousands of devotees attend the Nercha, which consists of certain religious processions. However reformation movements within the community are against the Nercha at the tombs of dead persons (see: Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala, Islahi Movement in Kerala). Fairs were also held during the Nercha.

Visitor Attractions[edit]

Mini Ooty[edit]

A view of Mini Ooty - Arimbra Hills

Mini Ooty is a tourist site in Arimbra Hills about 10 kilometer from Kondotty. It is at a height of 1000 feet above sea level. Mini Ooty attracts large number of visitors because of its rolling hills and scenic views. The location got the name as it resembles Ooty, one of the famous hill stations in India. There are many stone crushers and plantations atop the hill. There is an old Harijan Colony on the western side of the hill.

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