Irikkur

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Irikkur Juma Masjidh is riverside prayer facility
Irikkur
town
Onam Celebration at Blathur
Onam Celebration at Blathur
Coordinates: 11°58′N 75°34′E / 11.97°N 75.57°E / 11.97; 75.57Coordinates: 11°58′N 75°34′E / 11.97°N 75.57°E / 11.97; 75.57
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kannur
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration KL-


Irikkur is a town in Kannur District of Kerala state, south India.

History[edit]

Irikkur has historic and commercial importance,[1] and is one of the largest Mappila Muslim majority towns (90%) in Kannur district and lies on the banks of the Irikkur River, locally known as the "Ayippuzha". This river was the geographical border of the former Kottayam of earstwhile Veera pazhassi Raja'.

People residing both side of the river mingled together and this cooperation resulted in the formation of Irikkur village covering both banks of the river. The name "Irikkur" was considered to be formed from the Malayalam word 'iru kara ooru' which means a village of both banks of the river.

Location[edit]

Irikkur is about 29 kilometers away from Kannur. And accessible directly from Kannur, Taliparamba, Sreekandapuram, Mattannur, Iritty and Chalode. Irikkur is almost in the center of Kannur district. On the eastern side of the Irikkur Panchayath is Padiyoor. On the west is Malappattam. On the north is Sreekantapuram and on the south Irikkur river.It is a joy when Buses from Kannur come to irikkur crossing the river and go inside irikkur crossing the mosque, market and shops again returning on the same route.

Irikkur Cuisine[edit]

Palaga Biscuit, a tasty rusk like bread, is a famous recipe of Irrikur.

Demography[edit]

Muslims, Hindus, and Christians live here in harmony and Irrikkur is a model village for of communal harmony.

Tourist attractions[edit]

The famous Mamanam Temple, Nilamuttam Makham and Paisai Church lie side-by-side as a symbol for this.

Transportation[edit]

The national highway passes through Taliparamba town. Mangalore and Mumbai can be accessed on the northern side and Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram can be accessed on the southern side. The road to the east connects to Mysore and Bangalore. The nearest railway station is Kannur on Mangalore-Palakkad line. There are airports at Mangalore and Calicut.

Geography[edit]

Irikkur is located at 11°58′N 75°34′E / 11.97°N 75.57°E / 11.97; 75.57.[2] It has an average elevation of 60 m (200 ft).

Educational Organizations[edit]

  • Sibga Arts and Science College
  • Rahmaniyya Arabic College
  • Islahi CBSE School

Religion[edit]

Approximately 76%[3] of the population consists of Muslims

  • Mamanikkunn temple, one of the famous Hindu temples of Kerala.
  • 20 mosques, out of which allow to pray
  • A Christian seminary

Politics[edit]

Irikkur assembly constituency is part of Kannur (Lok Sabha constituency).[4]

The major political parties are the Indian Union Muslim League, Indian National Congress, National League and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)).

Sports[edit]

Irikkur has a notable soccer history, and a football ground (Dianomous). Annually a sevens football tournament organised in irikkur under dianomous club for the memory of great leader V Kuttiyali sahib.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bouchon, Genevieve (1988). Regent of the Sea. Oxford University Press. p. 14. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Irikkur
  3. ^ http://www.census2011.co.in/data/town/627212-irikkur-kerala.html
  4. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-18.