Vechoor

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Vechoor
Kuda Vechoor
village
Vechoor is located in Kerala
Vechoor
Vechoor
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°40′0″N 76°25′0″E / 9.66667°N 76.41667°E / 9.66667; 76.41667Coordinates: 9°40′0″N 76°25′0″E / 9.66667°N 76.41667°E / 9.66667; 76.41667
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kottayam
Population (2001)
 • Total 16,830
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration KL-
Nearest city Vaikom
Lok Sabha constituency Kottayam
Vidhan Sabha constituency Vaikom

Vechoor (Malayalam: വെച്ചൂര്‍) is a village in Vaikom taluk, Kottayam district in the state of Kerala, India.[1] Vechoor is a short drive away from one of Kerala's tourist destinations, Kumarakom. The Vechur Cow breed of cattle is named after this village.[2]

Geography[edit]

Vechoor village covers a total area of 2,913 hectares. Vechoor is bordered by Vembanattu lake on the west and Kaipuzha river on south. Thanneermukkom Bund starts from Vechoor. Eastern part of vechoor is includes rice fields. There are many natural and man made canals in Vechoor which were used for water transport and irrigation.

Transport links[edit]

Till 1985, road connectivity to Vechoor was limited and bus services from Vaikom used to terminate at Vechoor. A road bridge alongside Thanneermukkom Bund connected Vechoor to Alleppey district in 1985. In 2003, vechoor got connected directly to Kottayam via Kumarakom. Renovation of Kallara - Vechoor road added further connectivity. Vechoor is about 10 km from both the towns Vaikom and Cherthala. Kottayam and Alappuzha are about 20 kilometres away. There are regular bus services to all the towns. Bundroad junction is a major junction in the village where Vaikom - Vechoor road meets road to Cherthala. Kaippuzhamuttu is a bus hub where many bus services termiantes.

A mega infrastructure road project is being planned through vechoor connecting Cherthala to Manarcaud [3]

Swamikkallu boat jetty on western coast of vechoor used to have regular services connecting Ernakulam, Vaikom, Thanneermukkom, Mannanam and Kottayam. Also hand rowed boats were regularly used for transport of goods till end of the 20th century. However the improvement of road transport reduced the importance of inland water transport.

The nearest railway station is Cherthala on Ernakulam- Kayamkulam costal line which is 12 kilometers away. Cochin International Airport is 70 km away.

Education Institutions[edit]

  • Devivilasam Higher secondory school
  • St. Michael's Higher secondory school
  • Govt. Highschool Vechoor (known as Perumana school)
  • St. Mary's Lower Primary School
  • St George Lower Primary School
  • Hindi Premi Mandal of Dakshin Bharath Hindi Prachar Sabha (closed down)

N.S.S High school vechoor is not located in Vechoor despite the name.

Religional Institutions[edit]

  • Sasthakkulam Devi Temple
  • Poonkavu Devi Temple
  • Cherakulangara Devi Temple
  • Idayazham Subramanya Swami Temple
  • Muchoorkkavu temple
  • Vaikundapuram Sreekrishna temple
  • Vechoor Palli

Business Institutions[edit]

  • Modern Ricemill[4]
  • Philipkutty's Farm[5]
  • Vechoor Mass Theatre (closed down in 2005)

Notable Personalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As per 2011 census, Vechoor had a population of 17041 with 8,315 males and 8,726 females.[6] In 2001, Vechoor had a population of 16,830 with 8,305 males and 8,525 females.[1] After 2010, several migrant workers arrived in Vechoor particularly from West Bengal and Bihar

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