Kottakkal

Kottakkal

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Kottakkal (Land of the Fort) is a municipality in Malappuram District in Kerala, south India. It has 32 Wards. The National Highway 17 separates the municipality from Edarikkode Panchayath on some part in the west. It is an Eranadan town located 12&nbsp;km south-west of Malappuram, the district headquarters, and 12&nbsp;km from Tirur.

Kottakkal was one of the oldest Panchayath in Kerala, and is known for its ayurvedic institute, Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal, as well as its temple festival, Kottakkal pooram, celebrated over seven days during March–April.

History

Kottakkal, formerly known as "Sweta Durgam" (White Fort) in Sanskrit, Venkalikotta and Venkitta Kotta in Malayalam, was a small military base of the Kingdom of Valluvanad until the first half of 18th century. Karuvayoor Moosad, the chief marshal and preacher of Moopil Nairs, lived here, and it may be the forts and castles constructed by him that were the origin of the name Kottakkal. The suburbs of Kottakkal were known as Changuvettykkadu and Eyyakkadu (Now Changuvetty is developing as a twin town to Kottakkal).

Karuvayoor Moosad assassinated Thinayancherry Elayath, one of the ministers of the Zamorin of Kozhikode (Calicut). Then Moonnarpadu...
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