CHERPULASSERY

cherpulassery could be the most common search directed to my blog. i was surprised to see the number of netizens interested  about my birth place , that too not about the cultural history or the heritage of the place but to know about the modern cherpulassery . so for them i would like to share the things I know about the ‘present day cherpulassery’

i pass through cherpulassery twice a day for six times a week, each time i pass the town would have grown by a metre vertically or horizontally.that is the pace with which the town grows . when i was a kid cherpulassery was what the “moonumkudiyodam” was , a junction where palakkad,pattambi and ottapalam roads met , with a few grocery shops, sleepy tea stalls , two movie theatres “anand ” and “devi”and of course sankar hospital where i was born. now cherpulasseri extends from ayyapankavu to puthanalkal nearly 2km in length, with extensions into ottapalam road, akg road,ems road and high school road. the centre of focus is now at the busstand .

there are regular bus services from this place to almost all towns in the neighbourhood. there are a handful of ksrtc services , but the main mode of transport is the private bus.once i had a search directed from the frequency of bus services from calicut to cherpulasssery and another time from ottapalam so for them the following information would be helpful. as i travel in the cherpulassery – perinthalmanna route i know about some 6 direct buses to calicut of which three are green mayilvahanams. the frequency of buses to perinthalmanna is the greatest with average of five to six minutes apart with the shortest being two minutes(that’s  when i return home, usually the bus employees end up in verbal abuse of each other, parents, private parts are all placed in front of the passengers), seven to 10 minute frequency to pattambi and ottapalam , 10 to 15 minute frequency to palakkad,mannarkkad and shornur.

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the nearest railway station is shornur 17km through mundakkottukurusssi and 24 through chalavara or vaniamkulam . district headquarters is 39 km from here. calicut airport is the nearest though people prefer kochi.

cherpulassery police station is at kacherikunnu on perinthalmanna road , there is a govt higher secondary school (one of the oldest in the region where mahatma gandhi visited) ,three english medium cbse schools of which one have classes till the 12th . there is a govt hospital at the hospital junction , karunya hospital near bus stand( formerly sankar hospital) and a new cooperative hospital.

cherpulassery is a panchayat with population of 30,000 , but it caters to the needs of nearly 250,000 people of nearby places. it is a bustling commercial centre , though at present the commercial space available highly outstrips demand it was one of the places with highest rent rates till a few years back. there are no major supemarkets except a new govt one, the place have the greatest number of textiles per capita in palakkad but most of them are small one room shops with clothes catering to the local style sense. there are no big jewelleries or home appliance showrooms ( except next) , but have two car show rooms one maruti and the other tata motors. the eateries are limited with a nila bake house near karunya hospital and the famous bakery opposite that, there are no good restraunts or hotels. most shops here are either electronic shops or grocery shops it’s where most businesses takes place.

note: cherpulassery became a muncipality from 2014

6 thoughts on “CHERPULASSERY

  1. Quite well written… !
    Suggest you add a couple of lines about the fact that this town is also becoming the centre of Temple tourism in North Kerala. It has 3 beautiful temples now i.e Ayyappan Kavu, Puthanalkal Bhagavathyy and the Shivan temple.
    These temples now seem to be edging out the commercial activity that formerly belonged to “Moonumkudiyodam”

  2. quite ok. But cherpulassery lack some basic needs. Such as standard road connecting nearby town .and also need more long distance ksrtc bus service especially in night. Via pattambi. Koppam.shoranur, ottapalam. Kayiliad.

  3. Remembering Cherpulassery always brings back the childhood days. Kavuvattam, Ayyappankavu, the ponds, High school, everything comes to mind. Spent more than five years there. Can never forget the friends there.
    TMSankaran

  4. Recently I met Sri. Cherpulassery Sivan, the maestro of ‘Maddalam’. We were childhood friends and used to play at the east Nada of Ayyappankavu. We talked about several things common to both.

  5. there is mention of cherpulasseri in the travalogues of Francis Buchanan and there is a brief description of the village. can any history loving valluvanadan throw light on the number of namburidi illams in the vicinity of cherpulasseri, like nellaya, mundakottukurssi, chalavara, etc. and why and how they left their illams. Could it be that at the first onslaught by hyder, they left all their belongings and left for south kerala. i believe, every temple (bhagavathy temple) in valluvanad was once the kuladevi pratishta of the illams,. any takers?
    janardhan.30.11.14

    • sir,
      thank you for your comment . there are quiet a few illams still remaining in the region , famous being the pathirikunnathu mana at mundakkottukurussi. to my knowledge though hyder ali and tippu sultan passed through the area . the onslaught was not that severe , ascribed by the huge hindu population in all these places , especially the nair tharavads that dot the area . you may be aware of the fact that hyder and tippu both attacked nairs more severely due to them being a martial race . about the bhagavathy temples this is also an assumption as you may be knowing , that the regions culture owes much to the bhagavathy cult , the kalavellas , which are the main festival in these temples are mainly agrarian in nature . so every temple being an attache of an illam is far fetched . if at all that was the case the demographics of the region must have had more brahmins that the all kerala average of less than 1% , which seems not to be the case.

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