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Thamarassery is a major town and a taluk in Kozhikode district of Kerala, India, 30 km east of Kozhikode (Calicut) City. It lies on the Calicut - Wayanad - Mysore route (National Highway 212). Thamarassery spreads across 56 square kilometers and belonged to the Kottayam kings during the pre-independent era. Thamarassery is a taluk and one of the suburbs in the Kozhikode district.
The Thamarassery town is strategically placed as roads to four other busy nearby towns (Koyilandy, Kalpetta, Mukkam and Kozhikode) converge from here, all around 30 km from Thamarassery.Apart from the National Highway, the Koyilandy - Nilambur State Highway also passes through here. Nearby places include Koduvally, Thiruvambady, Balussery, Kodencheri.
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Thamarassery, Thamarassery Public Library founded in 1946, Mini Civil Station, The Mary Matha Cathedral Church and the New Bus Stand are some of the major landmarks of the town. Thamarassery also houses Civil Courts, Office of the DYSP, Office of the Circle Inspector of Police, Rural district Treasury, BSNL divisional office, Office of the SDOT, Office of the Forest Range and KSEB Major Section Office.
Thamarassery is an agricultural area with a large portion of its population being 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.
Alphonsa Senior Secondary School and Technical HSS Thamarassery situated here provide educational services to the population of the area along with the century old Karadi Government UP School and Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School, Korangad.
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. 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. Thusharagiri Falls is situated 20 km from the town.
Thamarassery, formerly known as Thazhmalachery, is an historically important land that saw the fleeing of British, the great march of Tipu Sultan and a mass migration to the area in the past.
Kottayam Kings who were martyred when raising fights against British were attributed the possesses of the lion part of the land of Thamarassery in the days before freedom. A 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 formation of panchayat itself Public Health Centre was in operation and the roads surrounding the hospital compound was only for convenient to all patients to reach public health.
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 comedy actor Kuthiravattam Pappu.
Thamarassery is the native place of the national and state award-winning film director Hariharan who directed hits like Pazahassi Raja and Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha and sports reporter VM Balachandran popularly known as Vimcy.
All communities of people are residing and keeping communal harmony from the early years of its origin. The guest House, Chungam Check Post, The Public Hospital, Chanda - Market on Tuesdays....etc. are monuments of 19th century. That time itself roads of four sides surrounding the hospital compound was maintained cleanly for the convenience of patients to reach hospital from all sides at any time. Now the Hospital is upgraded as Thaluk Hospital and keeping clean and hygiene with great care. The Treasury, Police station, Judicial Magistrate Court, Public Library, KSRTC Bus Depot., Panchayat Bus Stands, Banks, Schools, Mini Civil Station etc., are in the heart of city itself
- Calicut - Wayanad - Mysore National Highway NH 212.
- Nilambur - Koyilandy road
bypassing Calicut city in the North-South Malabar through Thamarassery.