Kolathode Temple, Tenhipalam
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Malappuram|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Vallikkunnu|
Chelari or Tenhipalam (also spelt Thenhipalam) is a panchayat in Tirurangadi Taluk in Malappuram district of Kerala in India. The population was 27,273 at the 2001 census, with 13,293 males and 13,980 females. Indian census. Tenhipalam is known for the University of Calicut, which is the first university in Malabar region. The university is located north-west part of Tenhipalam. 'Chelari' is the main commercial place in Tenhipalam panchayat while 'Panambra' is considered as the headquarters of the panchayat. Hindus form majority. The small town between Chelari and the University is called Kohinoor.
Tenhipalam panchayat is situated north west region of Malappuram district, about 35 km away from district headquarters Malappuram and 11 km north of Taluk headquarters Tirurangadi. It shares its borders with Chelembra panchayat in north, Pallikkal and Peruvalloor panchayats in east, Kadalundi River separates Vallikkunnu panchayat in west. In Southern side it shares border with Mooniyoor panchayat. It is located 24 km south of Kozhikode on the Mangalore–Edapally national highway 17.
Tenhipalam is well connected with all parts of Kerala by road. National Highway 17 passes through Tenhipalam. All rural localities in the panchayat are well connected to the arterial national highway by good quality roads. Mini buses operate from rural areas to nearest small towns such as Chemmad, Feroke, Kondotty and Kottakadavu. Private Buses operating between Thrissur and Kozhikode call at the University of Calicut. KSRTC buses, which operate between Kozhikode and various southern towns and cities in Kerala also have stop at the university on route to Tenhipalam.
Nearest railway stations are Parappanangadi and Feroke; which are located 12 km South-West and 14 km North-West respectively from the centre of Tenhipalam. The major railway station of Kozhikode is located 24 km away.
Calicut International Airport at Karipur is located 12 km east of Tenhipalam.
Suburbs of Tenhipalam
- Idimuzhikkal and Kakkanchery
- chelembra, KINFRA and Chettiar Madu
- Kohinoor, Parambil Bazar and Devathiyal
- Saddham Nagar and Nirolpalam
- Nirolpalam, Ambalappadi and Saddam Nagar
Kadakkattu Para is a small village included in Tenhippalam panchayath. It is at a distance of three kilometers west of Upper Chelari bus stop. The main villages on this route are Shanthi Corner, Alungal, Mukkood and Pichanadathilpady. The important places of worship are Thrakkannoor Shiva Temple, Pichanadathil Masjidh and Kadakkattoor Masjidh. Other important landmarks are AEMS Public School, VEM Public School and Shamsul Hudha Madrassah
Chenakkalangadi is a small town near branching out from Mele Chelari. The road from Mele Chelari goes through Alungal, Chenakkalangadi, Pallippuraya, Nechinathil, Kolathode and terminates at Irumbothingal Kadavu. The important landmarks in this area are Kunnummal Bhagavathi Kavu, Thrikkannur siva skhethra,Cheenikkanari Bagavathi kshethra,Muhiyadheen masjid(kizhakke Palli),Padinjare Palli,Thomb of Nossan thangal uppappa,Subulul Huda Madrassa chenakkalangadi, Irumbothingal Madrassa,Areepara Madrassa,Alungal Madrassa,GUP school, AEMS Public School, Chenakkalangadi Masjidh(srambya),Mathapuzha Srambya, Masjidhul Mujahidheen and Alungal Shariath College for Women. The Y-junction at Chenakkalangadi forks to Kolathode on the right and Mathappuzha river on the left side. The ancient Thrikkannur Shiva temple and Muhyudheen masjid is two km from Mele Chelari on this route.
Chelari 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.
- Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
- Farook College
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