Elathur Bhagavathy Temple in 1900
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Elathur is a Municipality town in Kozhikode district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located about 12 km north of Kozhikode city on the Kozhikode-Kannur National Highway 17 and is bounded by the Arabian Sea at the west and Korapuzha River (Elathur River) at the north. The Elathur River is generally considered to be the boundary between the North Malabar and South Malabar in the erstwhile district of Malabar.
At the 2001 census, Elathur panchayat has a population of 41,326 with a nearly equal proportion of Hindus and Muslims. The panchayat covers an area of 13.58 km2, but a major portion of the area has been taken up by National Highway 17, the State highway, rivers and the Indian Railways.
Elathur is well connected by road and rail. The National Highway NH 17 passes through the panchayat. The Elathur railway station is located on the east side of the National Highway. The Kozhikode Regional Office of Hindustan Petroleum is located close to the railway station.
Elathur is situated on the northern side of Kozhikode city. City suburbs like Nadakkavu and West Hill, Kozhikode and Puthiyangadi lie on the road to Elathur. The local station of All India Radio is situated at Kunduparamba on this route. At the Pavangad junction, the road diverges east to Atholy and the straight road to north goes to Elathur. The Vengaly road over-bridge has solved the traffic issues of the past and after the over-bridge, Elathur is only five kilometers.
The historic Conolly Canal named after Henry Valentine Conolly, the collector of Malabar during the erstwhile British regime runs through Elathur. It was constructed during his tenure, in 1848, and was used as a major waterway, shipping goods and ferrying passengers in the Kozhikode district till the late 1950s. The canal links Korapuzha to Kallayi River. The whole network together forms Elathur backwaters.
Vallikkattu Kavu is a 27 acre sacred grove in a swamp at Olayinmal Chikkilode, Edakkara near Elathur. You can see monkeys, peacocks, wild boars, porcupines, wild hens, different kinds of butterflies and numerous species of orchids here. There is a species of herb here which has leaves in the shape of butterflies.
Suburbs of Elathur
- Chungam, Athanikkal and Puthiyangadi
- Pavangad, Puthoor and Vengali
- Puthiyanirathu and Ananthapuram
- Chettikkulam and Salathnagar
- Thiruvangoor and Kollamgramam
- Anakkulam, Moodadi and Nandigramam
- Korappuzha, Kattilpeedika and Vengalam
- Vettilpara, Pookkad and Chemancheri
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