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Tavanur (Thavanur, Thavanoor, Tavanoor) is a small village on the southern bank of Bharathapuzha, the longest river of Kerala in the Malappuram District of Kerala state in India. Tavanur village lies 8 kilometres west of Kuttippuram Railway Station, 12 kilometres north of Ponnani and 40 kilometres south west to Malappuram.Dr K.T.Jaleel is the first and the present MLA representing this constituency. Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology campus is located in Tavanur village on the southern bank of Bharathapuzha.
Vilwamangalam Swamiyar's Illam is believed to be in the present KCAET campus. Vilwamangalam is the same as "Vella" Illam of Tavanur (from "Thapasanoor", the village of the "Thapaswi", the saintly). The compound and basement remnants of this Illam exist even today. "Vasudevapurm" temple is built for Swamiyar's mother for offering prayer during her old age. "Yogeeswara Pooja" is performed on the Sraadhham day (death anniversary) of the Swaamiyaar, on the Illam remnants. The Swaamiyaar's writings about Mookkuthala Bhagavathy, Sukapuram Dakshinaamoorthy and Triprangodeappan appear to substantiate this view. Ulloor suggests that the Sanskrit name of the Illam would have been "Kodandamangalam" which translates to "Villumangalam" and later called as Vilwamangalam and Vella.
Tavanur 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.
Tavanur 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. The nearest airport is at Kozhikode. The nearest major railway station is at Kuttippuram.