Kottakkal

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Kottakkal
Kottakkal Bypass
Kottakkal Bypass
Kottakkal is located in Kerala
Kottakkal
Kottakkal
Location in Kerala, India
Kottakkal is located in India
Kottakkal
Kottakkal
Kottakkal (India)
Coordinates: 10°56′25″N 76°00′05″E / 10.94015°N 76.00147°E / 10.94015; 76.00147Coordinates: 10°56′25″N 76°00′05″E / 10.94015°N 76.00147°E / 10.94015; 76.00147
Country India
StateKerala
DistrictMalappuram
Government
 • ChairmanKK Nazar
Languages
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
676503
Telephone code91483
Vehicle registrationKL-10, KL-55

Kottakkal, literally Land of the Fort) is a municipal town in Malappuram district in Kerala, southern India having 32 wards. It is located 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of Malappuram, the district headquarters, and 12 km (7.5 mi) from Tirur Railway Station.

The National Highway 66 separates the municipality from Edarikode grama panchayat on some parts in the west.[1] However, the fast developing Kottakkal urban area is now spread up to different parts of neighboring panchayats such as Edarikkodu.

Kottakkal is known for its ayurvedic institute, Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, as well as its temple festival, Kottakkal Puram, celebrated over seven days during March–April months.[2]

History[edit]

Kottakkal, formerly known as "Sweta Durgam" (the White Fort) in Sanskrit, "Venkalikotta" and "Venkitta Kotta" in Malayalam, was a military base of the Kingdom of Valluvanadu in the medieval period. It was under the control of the Karuvayoor Moosad, the chief marshal and preacher of the Moopil Nairs. It may be the forts and castles constructed by the Karuvayoor Moosad that were the origin of the name "Kottakkal". The suburbs of Kottakkal were known as Changuvettikkadu and Eyyakkadu (now Changuvetti is developing as a twin town to Kottakkal).

Cherukunnu[edit]

Cherukunnu is a small town 4 km (2.5 mi) from Kottakkal, home to the Annapoorneshwari temple. Balaprobhodini school is the school and madrassa also exist behind the school. From cherukunnu to arichol a road has been opened.

Municipal elections[edit]

The United Democratic Front won the first elections (held in October 2010) to the Kottakkal municipality.[3] K.K.NAZAR and Paroli Moosakutty Haji of Indian Union Muslim League were elected as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairman respectively of the municipality.[4]

Notable personalities[edit]

Moody Evening

Basic information of Kottakkal Municipality[edit]

Kottakkal
Vekittathevar Temple Pond
Kottakkal
Puthur, Kottakkal
Area 20.43 km2 (7.89 sq mi)
Wards 32
Taluk Tirur
City Malappuram
Assembly Constituency Kottakkal
Loksabha Constituency Ponnani
Vehicle Registration No. KL-55, KL-10 & KL-65
Neighbouring Panchayaths Edarikode, Parappur, Othukkungal, Ponmala and Marakkara
Post Offices Kottakkal, Puthoor, Indianoor, Pathayakkallu, Kuttippuram, Pandamangalam,

Transportation[edit]

  • Railway Station: Tirur Railway Station is one of the major railway stations in the Malabar region. Almost every train stops here, connecting the Malappuram district to the rest of the country. It is located 12km away from the town.
  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport is approximately 25 kilometres away.

Nearby places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110129234527/http://www.exoticindiaart.com/book/details/IDC162/
  2. ^ "Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala". Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  3. ^ http://trend.kerala.gov.in/trendsite/main/Election2010.html
  4. ^ The Hindu : Kerala / Malappuram News : Municipalities get new chiefs

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