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|Lok Sabha constituency||Alathur|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Alathur|
Alathur is a village and gram panchayat in the Palakkad District, state of Kerala, 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 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 Mohammed Kutty Sahib Memorial High Secondary School (A S M M H S S) is a public institution which has been operating in the area for over a century. The school also houses a very old Gandhiji statue which has become a landmark.
The school was establied by the Nellikkalidam Family (Swaroopm), and the School used to be called N.E. High School (NEHS), until being bought by Mr. Mohammad Kutty; later since the land reforms act, the swaroopam suffered financially and the school was bought by Mr. Mohammad Kutty, who has since then been running a Beedi rolling business
BSS Gurukulam Higher Secondary School, is also located here.
Located Taluk Hospital at Alathur town, Healthcare Professional Institution in Alathur is established by Crescent Medical Centre Ltd. The Crescent School of Nursing was started in 2001 and Crescent College of Nursing was started in 2005. The Crescent Nursing Institution runs General Nursing & Midwifery (GNM) Diploma course and BSc. Nursing Degree Course.
The National Highway No.544 passes through the entire length of Alathur Taluk. Because of this the region is well connected by road to all parts of Kerala including 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.
Malamalmukku is 0.5 km from Alathur.
VEEZHUMALA natural beauty hills 3km from Alathur
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.
Thrippalur is a small village and is around 3 km from Alathur. Thrippalur Siva temple situates here which is one among the 108 siva temples consecrated by Lord Parasurama.
There is good view Mountain Vezhumala, this mountain has its own history, which is the part of Indian epics Ramayana
Alathur town is the headquarters of the Thaluk and a Community Health Centre is the only Medical Facility under Government sector.
The Major Institution in Private Health Care Sector in Alathur is Crescent Hospital. It was started in 1997. The facility is a Multi Speciality Hospital with all basic Medical Departments and Emergency & Accident Trauma Care . The Hospital can accommodate 300 in-patients.
The Psychiatric and Geriatric Facility started by Crescent Hospital in 2005 is the largest capacity in-paitent centre in the entire district. Crescent Hospital can admit more than 100 patients in its Psychiatric and Geriatric Care Centre.
Panchayats in Alathur Taluk
The Alathur assembly constituency is part of the Alathur Loksabha constituency.
- "Reports of National Panchayat Directory". Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Assembly Constituencies – Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
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