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Orkkatteri is located in Kerala
Orkkatteri is located in India
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 11°43′03″N 75°35′47″E / 11.717595°N 75.596466°E / 11.717595; 75.596466Coordinates: 11°43′03″N 75°35′47″E / 11.717595°N 75.596466°E / 11.717595; 75.596466
Country  India
State Kerala
Region North Malabar
District Kozhikode
 • Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 0496
Vehicle registration KL 18
Nearest city Vatakara
Lok Sabha constituency Vatakara

Orkkatteri is a small town in Kozhikode district in the North Malabar region of state of Kerala, India. This is the center town for Eramala grama panchayath.[1]


There is a strong agrarian sector, and the crops are mainly coconuts and arecanuts. Paddy cultivation has a major setback now, as is the case with most of Kerala, with paddy fields being claimed for houses and for more profitable crops. Migration to the Middle East (Gulf) and to the major cities in India is prevalent. There is a Saliya-theruvu where weaving is an important occupation.


There are two temples at Orkkatteri. The idol of the first temple is that of Shiva and the other is that of Devi. There is also one Ayyappa Temple located opposite of Shiva Temple. Recently renovate a Temple at Chattukulam (called Chattukulathamma, Devi) located at Manapuram area and myths behind this temple is in connection with Orkkatteri Devi Temple.

Orkkatteri Juma Masjids (old and new) are the main mosques in Orkkatteri town.
Maljaul masakeen Yatheem Khana (M M Orphanage) is situated in Orkkatteri town.

Cattle Market[edit]

Orkkatteri Kannukali Chanda (Cattle market) is a very famous festival in Malabar. It also known as Orkkatteri Thalappoli.[2] It is part of festival of the two temples. It starts from 12 of Makaram (January) and lasts for four days. People belonging to all castes and communities participate in the festival.


Thacholi and Koomully are two other temples near orkkatteri town.

Theyyam dance[edit]

Both of these two temples are famous for THEYYAM, Theyyam is one of the most outstanding ancient dance form of North Kerala. [The word 'Theyyam' originated from 'Daivam' means nothing but God. The Theyyam or Kolam (a form or shape), represents a mythological, divine or heroic character. There are around 400 Theyyams in northern Kerala. The bizarre head dresses, costumes and body painting and trance like performances are very extraordinary. Each one has a distinguishing headgear and costume made out of natural materials like coconut leaves and bark. Musical accompaniments are chenda, elathalam and kuzhal (horn). The Theyyams are exclusively performed by the male members of the traditional caste groups like Malayan, Vannan, Navilan, Pulayan, Koppalan and Velan]


Orkkatteri village connects to other parts of India through Vatakara city on the west and Kuttiady town on the east. National highway No.66 passes through Vatakara and the northern stretch connects to Goa and Mumbai. The southern stretch connects to Cochin and Trivandrum. The eastern Highway going through Kuttiady connects to Mananthavady, Mysore and Bangalore. The nearest airports are at Kannur and Kozhikode. The nearest railway station is at Vatakara.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Address of Grama Panchayats - Kozhikode District". Public Relations Department, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  2. ^ "Orkkatteri Thalappoli". Keralwindow.net. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 

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