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Country India
State Kerala
District Palakkad
Vaniyamkulam Chanda
Chanda Ground on Chanda days

Vaniyamkulam is an important trading hub of southern Malabar in Kerala state, India, particularly of livestock arriving from the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. The name derived from Vanian, connected with Trading community. It is now part of the Palakkad District.


During Chera Perumals, this place was under Chera Kingdom, under Nedunganad. This is close to Kothakursi, a place where Chera rulers first settled in Malabar area. Kotha is the pet name of Chera Rulers. Although Malayalam is the spoken language, it has a sizable population of Tamil speaking people. The weekly market on Thursdays attracts traders and shoppers from far and wide. Even elephants were traded at this market in the olden days.


This place was originally part of the Valluvanad Swaroopam dynasty.[1]

Valluvanad was an erstwhile late medieval feudal state in present state of Kerala in South India extending from the Bharathapuzha River in the south to the Pandalur Mala in the north during their zenith in the early Middle Ages. On the west, it was bounded by the Arabian Sea at the port Ponnani and on the east by Attappadi Hills. According to local legends, the last Later Chera ruler gave a vast extension of land in South Malabar to one of their governors, Valluvakkonithiri and left for a hajj. The Valluvakkonithiri was also given last Later Chera ruler's shield (presumably to defend himself from the sword received by the Samoothiri (Zamorin) of Kozhikode, another governor, from the departing ruler). Not surprisingly, the Vellatiri rajas were hereditary enemies of the Samoothiri.[1] Valluvanad is famous for the Mamankam festivals, held once in 12 years and the endless wars against the Samoothiri of Kozhikode. By the late 18th century, Vellatiri or Walluwanad proper was the sole remaining territory of the Walluvanad raja (Valluva Konatiri), who once exercised suzerain rights over a large portion of Southern Malabar. Although management of the country was restored to the Vellatiri raja in 1792, it soon became evident that he was powerless to repress the trouble that quickly broke out between Mapillas (favored by the Mysorean occupiers) and nayars (who sought to restore the ancien régime), and already in 1793 management of the district had to be resumed as the chief and his family fled to Travancore.[1]


The town has a population of nearly one hundred thousand people. It is connected by road with other important towns in the region, namely Ottapalam and Shoranur. The nearest railway station is at Mannanur, situated on the banks of the Bharathappuzha River, the longest and most important river in Kerala.


TRKHSS is one of the best higher secondary schools in Palakkad District and is situated in Vaniyamkulam.


  • Ariyankavu temple
  • Killikavu temple, Pulachithra
  • MariAmman Temple
  • Kothayur siva temple
  • Psharikkal Kavu
  • Ayyappa Bhajana Madam
  • panayur siva temple
  • Ayyappa Temple, Panayur
  • Murukan kovil pulachithra
  • Siva Temple,Cherukattupulam
  • Ayyapankavu - Cherukattupulam

Famous Houses[edit]

  • Deepam - Panayur Road, vaniyamkulam
  • Anugraha - Panayur Road, Vaniyamkulam
  • parakkil kunnamkath house,cherukattupulam

Developments and business[edit]

  • Nehru Medical College & Super Speciality, Nehru Group of Institutions


This town connects to other parts of India through Palakkad city. National Highway No.544 connects to Coimbatore and Bangalore. Other parts of Kerala is accessed through National Highway No.66 going through Thrissur. Calicut International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore Airport are the nearest airports. Shoranur Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station.