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Thamarassery Churam Road
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Thamarassery belonged to the Kottayam kings before India became independent. Thamarassery, formerly known as Thazhmalachery, witnessed the departure of the British and the great march of Tipu Sultan. Kottayam Kings who died fighting the British were given part of the land of Thamarassery in the days before freedom. The tomb of Payampally Chandu, who was a warrior under the Kottayam Raja, is located at Thamarassery Kotayil Sree Bhagavathi Temple.
It was in 1936 that the Thamarassery panchayat was formed. Attakoya Thangal became the first president. Before the formation of the panchayat itself, a Public Health Centre was in operation.
Thamarassery is a taluk (an administrative district for taxation purposes) and it is one of the towns in the Kozhikode district.
The town of Thamarassery is strategically placed, being connected by road to four nearby towns (Koyilandy, Kalpetta, Mukkam and Kozhikode), all of which are around 30 km from Thamarassery. Apart from the National Highway, the Koyilandy - Nilambur State Highway also passes through Thamarassery. Nearby places include Koduvally, Thiruvambady, Balussery, Kodencheri.
Landmarks include the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Thamarassery, the Thamarassery Public Library (which was founded in 1946), the Mini Civil Station, the Kedavoor Jumua Masjid, the Mary Matha Cathedral Church and the New Bus Stand. Thamarassery also has Civil Courts, the office of the DYSP, the office of the Circle Inspector of Police, the rural district Treasury, the BSNL divisional office, the office of the SDOT, the office of the Forest Range and the KSEB Major Section office.
Thamarassery is an agricultural area, and a large portion of its population are farmers. Coconut and Rubber are the major products. Kerala's first rubber estate, now in the hands of AV Thomas and Co., is located here.
Thamarassery is well connected to its surrounding areas via road transport. Bus services to nearby towns like Kozhikode, Koyilandy, Adivaram, Sulthan Bathery, Mukkam, etc. are available regularly. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has a bus stand and depot at Thamarassery. All private buses operate from the New Bus Stand at Karadi nearby the KSRTC depot. The nearest airport, the Calicut International Airport, is 56 km away, while the Kozhikode Railway Station is 30 km away.
Many tourism hot spots are located around the town. The Thusharagiri Falls is situated 20 km from the town.
In popular culture
The Thamarassery Churam, a hill highway with several hairpin bends which offers a scenic drive, became famous all over Kerala as a result of repeated references to it in the films Vellanakalude Nadu and T. P. Balagopalan M.A. by the actor Kuthiravattam Pappu.
Thamarassery is the native place of the award-winning film director Hariharan who directed hits like Pazahassi Raja and Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha and sports reporter VM Balachandran (popularly known as Vimcy).
The guest house, the Chungam Check Post, the Public Hospital, the Chanda Market (which takes place on Tuesdays), date back to the 19th century. The treasury, the police station, the Judicial Magistrate Court, the Public Library, the KSRTC Bus Depot, the Panchayat Bus Stands, banks, schools, and the Mini Civil Station are located in the heart of city.
Villages in Thamarassery Taluk
There are 20 villages in Thamarassery Taluk. They are
The Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School, Korangad and the Technical HSS Thamarassery are situated here and provide educational services to the population of the area along with the old Karadi Government UP School and the GMUP School Raroth, the Parappanpoyil, and the Pallippuram LP School. There is also the Nusrath Islamic Residential School Parappanpoyil, the Alphonsa English Medium School (Senior Secondary), and the Thamarassery Korangad.IHRD College Korangad.
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