Ottapalam

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Ottapalam
ഒറ്റപ്പാലം
Town
Main Road Ottapalam Near Busstand
Main Road Ottapalam Near Busstand
Coordinates: 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38Coordinates: 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38
Country India
State Kerala
District Palakkad
Lok Sabha constituency Palakkad
Assembly constituency Ottapalam
Government
 • Body Ottapalam Municipality
 • MP M. B. Rajesh (CPI(M))
 • MLA P. Unni[1]
 • Chairman N.M Narayanan Namboothiri
Area
 • Total 32.7 km2 (12.6 sq mi)
Elevation 54 m (177 ft)
Population (2011 Census)[2]
 • Total 53,790
 • Rank 2nd in Palakkad district
 • Density 1,645/km2 (4,260/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Malayalam
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode 679 101
Area code(s) 0466
Vehicle registration KL-51
Sex ratio 1000:1121 /
Literacy Rate 91%
Website www.ottapalammunicipality.in
Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Ottapalam

Ottapalam is a town in Ottapalam taluk, Palakkad district, Kerala, India.[3]

Chinakathoor Pooram, an event held every year at Chinakkathoor Temple in Palappuram near Ottapalam, is one of the famous festivals in Kerala.[4]

History[edit]

Ottapalam was once part of the Valluvanad Swaroopam dynasty.[5]

Valluvanad was a late medieval feudal state in what is now the state of Kerala in South India. The state extended from the Bharathapuzha River in the south to the town of Pandalur in the north during its height in the early Middle Ages. In the west, it was bound by the Arabian Sea at the port Ponnani, while in the east its reach ended at the Attappadi Hills. According to local legends, the last Later Chera ruler gave a vast quantity of land in South Malabar to one of their governors, Valluvakkonithiri, before leaving on a hajj. Valluvakkonithiri was also given the last Later Chera ruler's shield, presumably to defend himself from the sword given to Samoothiri (Zamorin) of Kozhikode, another governor, as a gift from the departing ruler. The Vellatiri rajas were hereditary enemies of the Samoothiri.[5]

Ottapalam is also called as The New Film City of Kerala. [5]

Geography[edit]

Ottapalam is located at 10°46′N 76°23′E / 10.77°N 76.38°E / 10.77; 76.38.[6] It has an average elevation of 54 metres (177 feet).

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ottapalam, Kerala
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32.8
(91)
34.5
(94.1)
35.8
(96.4)
35.1
(95.2)
33.2
(91.8)
29.5
(85.1)
28.6
(83.5)
29.1
(84.4)
30.2
(86.4)
30.8
(87.4)
31.6
(88.9)
32.0
(89.6)
31.93
(89.48)
Average low °C (°F) 22.3
(72.1)
23.2
(73.8)
24.8
(76.6)
25.7
(78.3)
25.2
(77.4)
23.6
(74.5)
22.9
(73.2)
23.5
(74.3)
23.5
(74.3)
23.7
(74.7)
23.4
(74.1)
22.4
(72.3)
23.68
(74.63)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 2
(0.08)
12
(0.47)
27
(1.06)
103
(4.06)
211
(8.31)
566
(22.28)
687
(27.05)
349
(13.74)
203
(7.99)
264
(10.39)
136
(5.35)
23
(0.91)
2,583
(101.69)
Source: Climate-Data.org[7]

Administration[edit]

Ottapalam Minicivil Station

Ottapalam is sub district of the Palakkad District. Over the last 10 years, the population growth has been 9.2%.The Town is listed in the top 18 most populous Urban Agglomeration In Kerala. The First Defence Park in India will be established in Ottapalam KINFRA industrial park.[8] A film district is also under discussion.

The Ottapalam assembly constituency is part of Palakkad Lok Sabha constituency.[9]

Transport[edit]

Road[edit]

The Palakkad-Shoranur (Kulappully) State Highway passes through the town.[10] Government buses as well as private bus services operate between Ottapalam and other major towns, such as Thrissur, Palakkad, Mannarkkad, Pattambi, Guruvayoor,Thiruvilwamala, Chelakkara (through the Ottapalam-Mayanur Bridge, inaugurated on 22 January 2011.)[11]

Rail[edit]

The town is served by the Ottapalam railway station, which lies between Palakkad and Shoranur Junction on the Jolarpettai–Shoranur line. Fifty-four Indian Railways trains stop at the station.[12]

Notable people[edit]

The following people were either born in and/or are residents of Ottapalam:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kerala Assembly Constituencies Election Results 2016-Ottapalam". Elections.in. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.censusindia.gov.in/pca/SearchDetails.aspx?Id=673229
  3. ^ "Ottapalam". 
  4. ^ "Chinakkathoor Pooram". FestivalsOfIndia.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c princelystatesofindia.com
  6. ^ "Maps, Weather, Videos, and Airports for Ottappalam, India". Fallingrain.com. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  7. ^ "CLIMATE: OTTAPPALAM", Climate-Data.org. Web: [1].
  8. ^ The Hindu. "Ottapalam To Have India's First Defence Park.". Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Assembly Constituencies – Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  10. ^ "Kerala State Highways". Kerala PWD Department. 
  11. ^ "Kerala News : Mayyannur bridge to be opened on Saturday". The Hindu. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Trains to OTP/Ottappalam Station - 54 Arrivals SR/Southern Zone - Railway Enquiry". indiarailinfo.com. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 

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