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Tavanur is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 10°51′5″N 75°59′14″E / 10.85139°N 75.98722°E / 10.85139; 75.98722Coordinates: 10°51′5″N 75°59′14″E / 10.85139°N 75.98722°E / 10.85139; 75.98722
Country  India
State Kerala
District Malappuram
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 679573
Telephone code 0494
Vehicle registration KL-
Nearest city Kuttippuram

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.[1]

There are several Temples and Mosques in Tavanur. Important temples are the famous Siva and Brahma temples on the bank of Bharatapuza and Vasudevapurm temple in the KCAET campus.

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.[2]

Etymology: Tavanur = Thaapasanoor = Thaapasan + Oor = Place of Hindu Sanyasis


  1. ^ Kelappaji College Of Agricultural Engineering. Kau.edu. Retrieved on 2013-02-01.
  2. ^ Vilwamangalam Swaamiyaar. Namboothiri.com (2003-10-03). Retrieved on 2013-02-01.