St. Thomas church Koorachund
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Coastline||0 kilometres (0 mi)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kozhikode|
|Climate||Tropical monsoon (Köppen)|
|Avg. summer temperature||35 °C (95 °F)|
|Avg. winter temperature||20 °C (68 °F)|
Koorachundu is a village towards the north east of Kozhikode district of Kerala in India. This place is about 38 km from Kozhikkode city and lies in between the famous tourist spot Peruvannamuzhi and the hydro electric power generator station at Kakkayam in the Western Ghats. The Pervannamuzhi - Kakkayam reservoir area in the Koorachundu village is an ideal tourist spot for people who love interior India away from the bustle of traffic and crowd. Award winning coconut groves and spice gardens add beauty to the idyllic surrounding. Koorachundu town, with about a couple hundred shops, is the commercial center in the region:local handicraft items and high quality spices are the trademark of the town. Koorachund is known to the outside world for its famous struggle against the products of multinational corporations and its effort to conscientize people about consuming local products and manufacturing products utilizing locally grown items.
The Peruvannamuzhi irrigation reservoir stretches the length of Koorachund nourishing it with the abundant water resource and fish. Many attractive tourist spots can be found throughout the reservoir area.
Boat services are available at Peruvannamoozhi, a few kilometers away from Koorachund town.
The kakkayam damsite, teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities for adventure loving tourists. In short, the entire region is a paradise for nature lovers.
Emerging Kerala 2012 proposes setting up of Eco-Campsites at Kakkayam at an estimated cost of Rs.50 Crores which can offer stylish ecological camping, set in the beautiful Dam Site with outstanding Natural Beauty. Eco-Campsites if becomes a reality, could offer a unique holiday experience, an opportunity to camp side by side with nature, whilst enjoying the comfort of fully equipped tents. Kakkayam offers the tourists not only a reservoir and its beauty but also a fantastic chance to enjoy the trekking and the scenic beauty of evergreen forest and grasslands. The main attractions near this tourists place are, Kakkayam valley, Kariyathan rock (Kariyathan Mala) and Urakkuzhi Waterfalls. This is an excellent location for trekking and rock climbing.This is at a distance of 45 km from Kozhikode. 5 out of the 10 islands present are earmarked for development. Each island is with 2 to 5 acres in extent.
Koorachund has a generally humid tropical climate with a very hot season extending from March to May. The average annual rainfall is more than 3500 mm.this is the highest rain fall region in Calicut district 123
Christians constitute majority of the population, followed by Muslim and Hindu communities respectively. The majority of the inhabitants are successors of, migrants from the Southern districts of Kerala(Mid-Travancore).
The village is home to one Higher Secondary School -St Mary's Higher Secondary school(Kallanode), and One High school -St Thomas HS, Koorachundu . Apart from these government aided schools, there is one private English medium school[National Public School] in Koorachundu town.
The Annual Feast of St. Thomas church Koorachund is considered as the Festival of Koorachundu. Apart from special masses and other activities for the catholic members, it also organizes a variety of activities for the general populace of Koorachundu. The Feast usually begins on 26 December and ends on the 30th of the same month. Giant Wheels and Circus troupes, usually add flavor to the carnival. Pradakshinam (procession/circumambulation), is one of the major attractions of the Feast along with fire works and other cultural activities.
Koorachund village is known for the pioneer swadeshi movement after the independence. The farmers and traders of the locality took the pledge that they will ban all possible multi-national products to save the evern sinking local market. About the swedeshi movement of Koorachundu, K Krishnakumar of Frontline writes, "...this village, comprising largely families of farmers who migrated decades ago from central Kerala, is now a champion of the swadeshi cause. It is perhaps the first village in the country where a spontaneous movement has emerged for a total bo ycott of relatively cheap, imported palmolein (oil) and encouragement to the use of coconut oil as a cooking medium. Coke and Pepsi have long since disappeared from shop shelves here. Instead, customers who ask for a soft drink are invited to helpings of tender coconut water and impromptu lectures on the virtues of the natural drink."
Arts and Sports Club
Koorachund is known for its passion for arts and sports. There are quite a few registered arts and sports clubs in the locality:Couple of the notable ones are KALA Koorachund and Winners Arts and Sports Club Poovathumchola. Drama, traditional dances, cinematic dances etc., are the major art forms being pursued by these clubs. Onam, the chief festival of Kerala which lasts for ten days, becomes the major occasion to show a club's talents in arts. Among sports, Koorachund is known for its annual Kabadi, Volleyball and Tug-of-war events. Winners Arts and Sports club poovathumchola is the major competitor in all of these sports events. January is the season of football game. Fr. Vattukulam Memorial ground Kallanode witness the sports spirit of the young people of Koorachundu who line under the banners of more than half a dozen local sports clubs and compete against one another and other major sports clubs of Kerala.
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