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About Chalakudy

Chalakudy is situated on the banks of River Chalakudy on NH 47 in Thrissur District of Kerala. It is a municipality as well as a taluk. It also serves as base camp for all those travelling to Athirapally as well as Vazhacal falls. It is located about 36 Km to the north of Cochin and it is 30 Km away from Thrissur. Chalakudy is surrounded by the Kerala’s commercial capital Ernakulam, Thrissur the cultural capital, the temple city of Guruvayur and the Athirapally waterfalls.

Chalakudy in Kerala

A Brief History of Chalakudy

The name Chalakudy is derived from Shalakudy which means the place where sacrifices are made to a larger extent. According to the local legends, several rishis used to come to this place as it was considered a sacred land and used to make sacrifices and hoist a flag next to that which made this place to be called as “yagashalakod”. Later this became Shalakudy and further changed as Chalakudy. It was also the headquarters for Kodassry Nadu. It was Sakthan Thampuran who was the ruler of Cochin formed Kodassery (Chalakudy) taluk in the year 1790 by merging Ayyanezhi Nadu, KuzhurNadu, Korattty Nadu, Kanjur and Malayattur. As per Brahmanical tradition Chalakudy was a part of Adur Grama and also Potta in Chalakudy was part of Irinjalakuda Grama. Chalakudy also has historical importance as it was used by the Tipu Sultan as a base for his army in the south for his war against Travancore as well as other southern provinces

Demography of Chalakudy

According to 2011 census, Chalakudy’s total population comes to 114,901. The density of the population is 4554 per sq Km. Out of the total population, 55,276 constitute male and 59625 females. The children (aged 6-10) constitute 8.86% and is lower than National Urban average which is 10.93%. The literacy rate of Chalakudy is 96.42% and higher than the National Urban average which is 85%. Of which male literacy rate is 97.53% and female literacy rate is 95.41%. The sex ratio of Chalakudy stands at 96.42% and is higher than the National Urban Average of 926 females for every 1000 males. Among the children, girls constitute 948 per 1000 boys in which is higher than the national average of 902 girls per 1000 boys.

Administration in Chalakudy

Chalakudy Municipality was established in 1970. It covers 25.23 square kilometer which consists of 36 electoral wards. It is a grade II municipality. It was a segment of Lok Sabha Constituency of Mukundapuram which became Chalakudy Lok Sabha Assembly Constituency later. In 2013, Chalakudy became a Taluk.

Business in Chalakudy

Chalakudy houses many important business houses of the country as well as state; it has Government Press. The Peringalkuthu Hydro Project is situated 42 Km to the east of Chalakudy. It is to be noted that Chalakudy occupies important position as it is the largest seller of Beverages Corporation.

Surabi Theatre situated to the south of Chalakudy is the oldest movie theatre and also an important landmark. Chalakudy also houses many banks and other non-banking financial institutions. Chalakudy also houses Federal Bank's one of the first five branches. It has two theme parks which were started a decade ago and also the prime attraction of the town.

Chalakudy Tourism

For all the nature lovers, Chalakudy is the ideal choice. Chalakudy is a picturesque town that comes with a refreshing weather. It is ideal to visit Chalakudy during December to March. Monsoon season is also an ideal time to visit. It comes with all the amenities that are needed for a suburb and is well connected by railways and National Highway. Some of the tourists’ attractions in and around Chalakudy are
  • Chalakudy River
  • Divine Retreat Centre, Potta
  • Athirappally waterfalls
  • Vazhacal Falls
  • Sholayar Dam
  • Prambikulam Wildlife sanctuary
  • Kodassery
  • Kannambuzha Devi Temple
  • Dream World Water Theme Park
  • Silver Storm Water Theme Park
  • Nanatty Bhagavathy Vishnumaya Temple
  • Sridaramangalam Sri Krishna Temple
  • St Mary’s Forane Church
  • Kanakamala
  • Moonjeli Church
  • Pisharikkal Bhagavathtei Temple
  • Sree Subramanya Temple, Koodapuzha

Shopping in Chalakudy

Chalakudy is an ideal place for shopping. The tourists can shop for jewellery, handicrafts, clothing, antiques, brasswares, etc. Some of the prominent shopping centres are:

Riti Jewellery
Chalakudy South Thrissur
Phone No – 0480 – 3275119

Gowry Parameshwar Shopping Complex
Annamananda Junction
Near Chalakudy
Phone No -09869349704

Category: shops suitable for banks and hotels

Mobile Park
20/463 Kanichal building
North Junction near
Aynikkal Theatre Chalakudy
Phone No: 480-2701345
Category: Cellphone showroom

Minerva Bakery
North Junction Chungath Road
Near State Bank of India, Chalakudy
Phone No: 480-2702414, 9947104355
Category – Bakery Shop

Surya Watches
Akkara building South Junction
Chalakudy Municipal Bus Stand
Phone No 480-2707247, 294
Category – Watch Store

Food in Chalakudy

In Chalakudy, the tourists will find many restaurants that serve traditional Kerala cuisine that are made out of coconut oil, curry leaves, tamarind and paste. The tourists should also taste the delicious fish curries that are made with various spices. Apart from the local cuisines, the tourists will also find many restaurants that serve multi-cuisine, Chinese, north Indian, south Indian and Continental cuisines. The tourists will find quality restaurant serving traditional Kerala food in each and every street of Chalakudy. The tourists will also find high class hotels and authentic Kerala cuisines restaurant in many parts of the city where they can stay comfortably and can dine in the restaurant that serves hygienic and authentic Kerala food

How to Reach Chalakudy

Chalakudy is located on National Highway 47 and falls between Cochin and Coimbatore. Another major road is State Highway 21 that connects it to Vazhachal as well as to the border of Tamil Nadu. Chalakudy also has KSRTC buses as well as private buses throughout the town. KSRTC also connects Chalakudy to other parts of the state as well as to other states. Many private buses are operated to the suburbs of Chalakudy. As regards railways, it comes under Southern Railway zone under Indian Railways and falls under Trivandrum Railway Division. The town comes with two railway station one in Divine Nagar Railway Station and Chalakudy railway station. Both the railway station lies in the busy route of Cochin-Shoranur harbor. 36 express trains and 6 pairs of passenger trains stop at Chalakudy. For local transport, there are several private and public buses, cabs and taxis available. The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport which connects it not only to other parts of country but also to the world.

Quick Facts

Government: Municipal Council & Taluk
Population (as per 2011 census): 114,901
Time Zone – IST
Postal Index Number- 680 307
STD Code- 0480
Official Languages - Malayalam & English

Utilities and Services in Chalakudy

Chalakudy is a municipality as well as a taluk. It also comes with several public utility services which will make the life of the people hassle free. Let’s see here about some of the important utilities that are available in Chalakudy.

Electricity Services in Chalakudy

The Kerala State Electricity Board started its functioning on 31.3.1957.  The board is governed by the Chairman and seven members. The official website of the Kerala State Electricity Board is www.kseb.in. The address of the Electricity Board is Kerala State Electricity Board Ltd, Vidyuthi Bhavanam, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram 695 004, Kerala, India. The Board distributes electricity in the state for domestic as well as commercial purposes (includes Agriculture, Industries, etc). But it is to be noted that the Thrissur Municipal Corporation and Munnar are not covered by the board. For administration purposes, the distribution wing is divided into three zones namely Central, North and South. 

Address: Kerala State Electricity Board, Chalakudy, Thrissur 680 307 
Ph. No.: 0480-2708375.

Water Services in Chalakudy

Kerala Water Authority takes care of the task of providing drinking water as well as manages sewage water in an eco-friendly manner. The office is located at Kerala Water Authority, Head Office ‘Jalabhavan’, Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram 695 033. The Kerala Water Authority was found in the year 1984 and it serves as an autonomous body of Kerala State Government. The official website of Kerala Water Authority is www.kwa.kerala.gov.in. 

Banking Services in Chalakudy

There are several public and private banks available in Chalakudy. Some of the banks found in Chalakudy are 

The Federal Bank Ltd
Post Box No 20, South Junction
Chalakudi, Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2701807, 2701336, 2700230
Website: www.federalbank.co.in

Axis Bank
No 12/476 St Marys Complex
Police Station Road
Chalakudy, Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2707773, 2707779
Website: www.axisbank.com

South Indian Bank Ltd.
Manjaly Achandy Trade Centre, Trunk Road
Chalakudy (near Church Stop) 
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2702387
Website: www.southindianbank.com

State Bank of India
Post Box No 31, Chalakudy
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2702228, 2701618
Website: www.sbi.co.in

State Bank of Travancore
Post Box No 14, Kellei Estate,
Chalakudy, Near South Junction
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2708755, 2708377

Syndicate Bank
No 28/651 Paul Arcade 
Railway Station Road
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2705220
Website: www.syndicatebank.in

Canara Bank
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2701357
Website: www.canbankindia.com

Irinjalakuda Town Cooperative Bank Ltd.
No 25/727a(2), Church Road
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2705579, 2705979
Website: www.itcbank.com

Thrissur District Cooperative Bank 
South Junction
Thrissur 680 307
Website: www.thrissurdcb.com

Fire Services in Chalakudy

The fire station in Chalakudy is located at 

Police Station Road
Chalakudy, Thrissur 680 307 
Tel: 0480-2702000.

Municipal Services in Chalakudy

The Chalakudy municipality was formed in 1970 and covers an area of 25.23 sq kms. The municipality is divided into 37 electoral wards. Chalakudy Municipality comes under Chalakudy Assembly Constituency.  The address of Chalakudy municipality is 

Chalakudy Municipality
Thrissur 680 506 
Tel:  0487-2507453  
Website:  www.thrissurkerala.com. 

Postal and Courier Services

The address of Chalakudy post office is: 

Chalakudy Post Office, 
Taluk, Thrissur District, 
Kerala 680 307  
Tel: 0480-2702873 

Some of the courier services available in Chalakudy are 

Franch Express 
Private Bus Stand Building
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 91-9745518639
Website: www.franchexpress.com

Speed and Safe courier services 
Ponmanis Shopping Complex Ground Floor
North Junction, Chalakudy
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2700880
Website: www.speedandsafe.com

Kairali Couriers Pvt Ltd 
Municipal Bus Stand Complex
S8 second floor, Chalakudy
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2707985

ARC Parcel Services Private Ltd.
Ward No Xxv/414, Market Road, 
Chalakudy, Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2700877
Website: www.arcparcelservice.com

Telecom and Broadband Services

The address of the BSNL office in Chalakudy is

Telephone Exchange Building
R S Road, Chalakudy
Thrissur 680 307
Tel: 0480-2702900
Website: www.kerala.bsnl.co.in

Creche in Chalakudy

Euro Kids is the famous creche in Chalakudy.

Euro Kids
Anamala Junction, Chalakudy, 
Thrissur – 680307, Telephone 
(Mob): +91-9745553271
Website: www.eurokidsindia.com

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