Thalassery in India: Overview

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Thalassery, also known as Tellicherry, is a city on the Malabar Coast of Kerala, India. This is the second largest city of North Malabar in terms of population. The name Tellicherry is the anglicized form of Thalassery. Thalassery municipality has a population just less than 100,000. Established in 1866, it is the second oldest municipality in the state. Possessing an area of 23.98 km2, Thalassery is a town strategically located on the western coast of Kannur district on the Malabar Coast of Kerala. It is 22 km from the district headquarters at Kannur. The town is situated between 11°44’N latitude and 75°26’E longitude, at an altitude ranging between 2.5m above the mean sea-level in the low-lying areas, to 30m above the mean sea-level in the higher regions.

Geography: Thalassery is in Kannur district. The palm-fringed terrain of Thalassery has a scenic coastline and features four rivers, canals and hills with orange-hued rock. One of the four rivers is the Mahé River (Mayyazhi river). Muzhappilangad, a 5 km long beach, is located within 6 km of the city centre.

Demographics: As of 2001 India census, Thalassery has a population of 99,386, making it the 8th largest city of Kerala in terms of population. Thalassery has an average literacy rate of 86%. In Thalassery, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. The Thalassery urban agglomeration is considered as consisting of the Thalassery municipality and panchayaths of Eranholi, Kadirur, Dharmadam, Muzhappilangad, Pinarayi and New Mahe with a present population of around 200,000. Thalassery Assembly Constituency: The Thalassery assembly constituency consists of Thalassery Municipality and four neighboring Panchayats namely Eranholi, Kadirur, New Mahe and Chokli. Dharmadam has been excluded from Thalassery recently, becoming a separate constituency. Sree Jagannath Temple: Sree Gnanodayayogam, the prominent social organisation of North Malabar is the governing body of Sree Jagannath Temple. The temple is open to people of all religion. Sree Andaloor Kav: Andaloor kav is well known for the variety of theyyams, the ancient ritual of North-Kerala. It is believed to be the early Buddhist shrine in Kerala. During the festival season the entire Dharmadam village accepts vegetarian diet, they purchase new utensils, clothes and paint their homes. Everyone will be accepted as guests at homes in Dharmadam during the temple feast season, which is also the festival of the village. The guests will be cordially treated with rice flakes and plantains. Villoppikkal (presentation of arrow), meyyalovital, kuluthattal etc. are some the rituals performed by the men of the village. Cultural forums:

Akam Samithi-conducts discourses on literature and culture and published books related to literary philosophy,aesthetics and fiction. Akam magazine published by Kairali books Kannur owes its name to the Akam Samithy, Thalassery. Drishyakala Samskarika vedi-Conducts cultural programs.

Kesarikrithikalute Prasathaka Samithi -Published books of Kesari Balakrishnapillai. Kesari was a journalist, literary critic, historian, essayist, translator and he is considered as one of the most influential figures in modern Kerala's intellectual life. Kesari samithi also conducts speeches and seminars on the contributions of Kesari. Elders forum-a community of the senior citizens of the city forum arranges amateur theatre performances. Sarada Krishnaiyer Fine Arts Society

Multimedia Artists Forum-Conducts painting and photography exhibitions and publishes pamphlets on art and local history. Libraries and reading rooms
Azad Academic library , Near Fort, Gundert Road
Sporting Youths Library, Thiruvangad
State Central Revenue reference library, Gundert road
Thalassery Courts Bi-centenary Memorial Libaray, district court premises. Auditoriums
Thalassery Municipal Town Hall - This is the largest of its kind owned by a municipality in Kerala Thalassery Co-Operative Bank auditorium
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