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Kandal Forest, Biyyam Kayal
Biyyam Kaayal
Map of Maranchery
Map of Maranchery
Coordinates: 10°44′18″N 75°58′25″E / 10.73833°N 75.97361°E / 10.73833; 75.97361Coordinates: 10°44′18″N 75°58′25″E / 10.73833°N 75.97361°E / 10.73833; 75.97361
Country  India
State Kerala
District Malappuram
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 31,846
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 679581
Vehicle registration KL-54

Maranchery is a village in Ponnani taluk, Malappuram district of Kerala state in India. This village is bounded by Biyyam Kaayal (back water) and Naranipuzha (a river) on one side and Veliancode village on the other side.


It is located at 10°44′18″N 75°58′25″E / 10.73833°N 75.97361°E / 10.73833; 75.97361. Elevation is sea level.

Maranchery can be reached via Kuttipuram or Guruvayur Railway Station, both Railway stations are located around 20 km from here. Calicut International Airport is the nearest airport. It is located at a distance of about 80 km. Cochin international airport is at a distance of about 100 km. Road accessibility to this village is good. The State highway passes through this village.

The Postal Index Number for Maranchery is 679581. Kundukadavu Purangu Thamalassery, Maradi, Vadamukku, Panambadu, Parichakam and Mukkala are small village areas that comes under the Maranchery Panchayat.


Long ago Maranchery was the home of the Azhvanchery Thamprakkal. Later they shifted to Athavanadu. Maranchery is the birthplace of the famous freedom fighter late E. Moidu Moulavi. This village has been a popular commercial center since a long time. Thanner Panthal and Maranchery Chanda was very famous. Thanner panthal provided refreshment for the needy people. It was provided free by a family called Kanchiraparambil. Kanchiraparambil Mamu was a freedom fighter and was jailed along with E. Moidu Moulavi during the freedom struggle.√ Marakkarakayil Moidutty (koolath) is the first president of Mranchery Panchayath


(As on 2001 Provisional Statistics) Area 20.47 km² Kodanchery juma masjid is oldest mosque which is the landmark of Maranchery Maradi padam is also one of the good places for sightseeing.


As of 2001 India census, Marancheri had a population of 31846 with 15013 males and 16833 females.[1]


Maranchery village is a predominantly Muslim populated area. Hindus exist in comparatively smaller numbers. So the culture of the locality is based upon Muslim traditions. Duff Muttu, Kolkali and Aravanamuttu are common folk arts of this locality. There are many libraries attached to mosques giving a rich source of Islamic studies. Most of the books are written in Arabi-Malayalam which is a version of the Malayalam language written in Arabic script. People gather in mosques for the evening prayer and continue to sit there after the prayers discussing social and cultural issues. Business and family issues are also sorted out during these evening meetings. The Hindu minority of this area keeps their rich traditions by celebrating various festivals in their temples. Hindu rituals are done here with a regular devotion like other parts of Kerala.[2]


Maranchery village connects to other parts of India through Kuttippuram town. National highway No.66 passes through Edappal and the northern stretch connects to Goa and Mumbai. The southern stretch connects to Cochin and Trivandrum. National Highway No.966 connects to Palakkad and Coimbatore. State highway 62 passes through this village which connects Guruvayur and Ponnani. The nearest airport is at Kozhikode. The nearest major railway station is at Kuttippuram.


The administrative system prevailing in this village is Local self-government. Self-Government consists of Grama Panchayat which is headed by grama panchayat president. Under this system the village is divided into 19 wards.


Sun Set, Maranchery

A popular tourist attraction is the Biyyam Kayal. This placid, green fringed back water has a water sports facility. A boat race is conducted here annually, during the Onam celebrations. A permanent pavilion is built for the spectators and nearly two dozen country boats, including some rowed by women, participate in the race.

The monsoon season is another attraction here. During the monsoon rains, the paddy fields in this village get filled with water for almost 4 to 6 months. This is a spectacular scene with lots of birds and other small creatures. This kind of waterlogged paddy fields is called Kole land.

Kaakka Thuruthu (Crow Island) is a tiny island in Maranchery. It is a seasonal home to hundreds of migratory birds and thousands of crows. By the end of October, birds from different parts of the world start coming to kole land. With the onset of April, migratory birds in the kole lands of Maranchery will be getting ready for their return trip. Some of the birds fly into this region from places as far away as Siberia and Europe as well as from the Himalayan regions, while there are some resident species that move in from the neighboring States of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The best time for bird watching is between June and August. To watch migratory birds, the best months are November to February.

There are a lot of seasonal festivals associated with temples and mosques in this area. A lot of people from the nearby villages attend these festivals.

The Siva temple at Maranchery is one of the famous, which has a history that dates back to several centuries. Kodanchery juma masjid is the oldest mosque which is a landmark in Maranchery.


  1. ^ "Census of India : Villages with population 5000 & above". Archived from the original on 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-07-14.