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Kuzhalmannam or Coyalmannam is a small village in the Palakkad districtmarker of Keralamarker, south India. Kuzhal means flute and Mannam means slow in malayalam language. Its said that Lord Krishna played his flute softly standing at this place.Article about Kuzhalmannam is Published by J.P.KallikkalKerala has always been a big draw with tourists from around the globe. In fact it is one of the most favored state tourist destinations in India. A geographic piece of land said to have been carved out of the axe of ‘Parashurama’ this God’s own country has the capacity to charge a tired soul wishing for a ‘time out’ from the din and noise of a big city.

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‘Coyalmannam’is one such distinct destination located in the district of Palakkad. About 14 km away from the city, this ‘granary of the south’ is still abound with vast stretches of paddy fields edged with coconut plantations. The name ‘Coyalmannam’ literally translates into ‘a place where Lord Krishna walked slowly holding his flute’, no wonder ‘Coyalmannam’ has its very own ‘Maruthur Krishna temple’ revered for its spiritual ethos etched in the sands of time. A serene and ambient locale, the place is replete with signs of rich religious and cultural heritage. Azhakath Shiva Temple, Vadakunathan shiva temple and Bharatpuram temple are distinct in their own rights. In fact ‘Bharatpuram’ temple dedicated to ‘Bharath’ the brother of ‘Lord Sri Rama’ is a rare temple and is one of the four such temples in South India! Apart from this a number of religious worship sites dot this green locate.

The ‘Mattuchanda’ or Cattle market of ‘Coyalmannam’ is noted for its lively and frenzy filled transactions, which is getting held on Saturday of every weekend . More than 15000 cattle are brought to a vast ‘maidan’ where auctions are held where interested buyers bid their price to lay their hands on priced cattle brought in from various parts of the state and outside. The oxen race of Erumayoor lying adjacent to Coyalmannam is also a crowd puller and is perhaps the only place in Kerala where cattle races are held.

‘Coylamannam’ is not merely a reflection of nature, it has a strong agrarian history and its people are warm, friendly and industrious. Though the population comprises all sections and religious denominations. Distinct are the households of Nediyadath, Chedanath, Kiznaipurath, Andoor, Velliandoor etc. who inherited a Hindu Nair lineage with a marked and distinct ancestry dating back to more than 100 years!

A visit to Kerala is incomplete without a witness to awe-inspiring show of cultural wealth. Coyalmannam too has its own range of splendor and colour which are in full view during the annual Ulsavams and celebrations. ‘Kali’ or Folk dance competitions spread over 10 days is an annual affair here. People from far and wide participate in intensely orchestrated demonstration of physical dexterity and performance through dance forms which are categorized as ‘Vattakali’, ‘Porat’, ‘Malayar’, ‘Kutachakiliar’ etc.The rich cultural heritage of the lands is also reflected through regular temple festivals, ‘Palli Perunals’ of the Muslims, ‘Vishu vella’ etc.

‘Coyalmannam’ is not just a village tucked in the belly of Palakkad, it is a place from where people have spread all across the globe. If the first few decades of Independent India saw its inhabitants cross over the boundaries of the state to reach and settle in the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai etc. the place is also noted for its batch of ‘Airforce’ guns who served the armed forces with pride. Today Coyalmannan has its sons and daughters settled in far away lands and nations who visit the place out of nostalgia and to smell the aroma of a soil they left behind decades ago.

It would not be surprising if you come across a group of grey haired moustached senior citizens in their dhotis and hawais chatting away their lores of yesteryears in a temple courtyard and their conversation replete with references in Hindi or anglic verses, the truth would be that they have seen the world and have returned back to their lands to relive the magic of Coyalmannam!

This place is famous for 'Kuzhalmannam Agraharam', and Hindu Temples. Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan , who is a native of Kuzhalmannam Agraharam, is the present Guinness Record holder for performing Mridangam continuously for 108 hrs.We have also a well known singer Prathibha also resides here. We have somany famous artists who are expert in folk dances like Malama Kalli.

Some of the temples in Kuzhalmannam



Azhakath Mahadeva Temple, Kulavanmokku, Kuzhalmannam

Azhakath Mahadeva temple at Kuzhalmannam is one of the ancient and famous temples in the region. Famous festivals related to the temple are Aaratt (usually at the end of December/beginning of January) and Sivaratry (Feb/March) period. 'Azhakath Kshema Samiti' (Temple development committee) and 'Azhakath bajana Sangham' are two group of committees involved in the development of the temple.

Kaalimuthy Bhagavathi Temple, Kulavanmokku, Kuzhalmannam

The most famous festival of Kaalimuthy Bhagavathy temple is VISHU VELA which is usually on the fourth day after the Vishu festival. The temple is kept opened for devotees only on the 1st of every malayalam month. The temple will be closed on the rest of the days. However devotees will get special permission and key of the temple if they want to perform pooja or darshan.

Important Festivals (in Temples)

  • Navarathri-Uriyadi Festival in the month of Kanni(Sept/Oct)
  • Sasthapreethi in the month of Makaram(Feb)
  • Prathishta Dhinam in the month of Medam(Apr/May)
  • Shivaratri at Azhakath Mahadeva Temple(Feb/March)
  • Vishu vela at Sri Kaalimuthy Bhagavathi Temple (April)
  • Aarattu at Azhakath Mahadeva Temple(Dec/Jan)
  • Pongal/Mariyyamman Pooja "at Mariyamman Kovil" (April/May)


Folk Festivals

  • Malamakali (at Pulppura mannam and East Mandapamkudam) usually in March/April
  • Karivela and Chambal vela- March/April
  • Kalappetty Vela
  • Chambel vela


How to reach there

Kuzhalmannam is situated along the National Highway 47 on Palakkadmarker - Thrissurmarker route.

  • Nearest town: Palakkadmarker - 12 km
  • Nearest railway station: Palakkad Junction (Olavakkode) - 16 km
  • Nearest airport(Domestic): Coimbatoremarker - 65 km
  • Nearest airport (International): Kochi - 125 km
  • Nearest seaport: Kochi - 125 km


Landscape: Kuzhalmannam

Here you can view Kuzhalmannam in pictures!!

Paddy Fields [216294]

Paddy Fields [216295]

Paddy Sceneries [216296]

Kuzhalmannam Gramam [216297]

Traditional harvesting [216298]

Mechanical harvesting [216299]

Educational Institutions at Kuzhalmannam

SchoolsG.B.U.P School,KulavanmokkeC.A High School, Kuzhalmannam

UJBS School, Kuzhalmannam

Chinmaya Vidyalayam, Mannam

Good Shepperd English Medium School, Kuzhalmanam

Bhavan's Vidhya Mandir, Chitali

Technical Institutions

Govt. ITI,Vellappara, Kuzhalmannam

Internet Centre at Kuzhalmannam

the NEST group, 2nd Floor, Crown Tower

Computer Education at KuzhalmannamAIIT Computer College Chedayanal ( Akshaya e-kendra), Next to Kuzhalmannam Panchayat Office,Phone : 04922- 273253, Mobile : 9447311635

Courses Offered : DCA, PGDCA, TALLY,ANIMATION, DTP.

Computer Square, 2nd Floor, Crown Tower

General Insurance at Kuzhalmannam

  • Tata-AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd,
  • Agents: the NEST group, 2nd Floor Crown Tower


Travel & Tours at Kuzhalmannam

  • Gasal Travels.
  • NEST Holidays.


Banks

  • State Bank of Travancore.
  • Union Bank Of India.
  • South Malabar Grameen Bank.


ATM

  • SBT
  • Federal Bank
  • Union Bank of India


Hospitals

  • BAJM Hospital, Kuzhalmannam
  • Dr Alexander Memorial Homeo Clinic, Chandappura
  • Primary Health Center, Kulavanmukku


Famous People at Kuzhalmannam

  • Tapovan Swamikal
  • K. G. Ramakrishnan (Mridangam Vidwan)
  • Raju P.Nair
  • (Late) Guru Karunakara Pannikker (Panchali Pannikker)
  • (Late) Guru Raghavan Teyunni Nair (Puthana Raghavan)


Culture

Coyalmannam assembly constituency (SC) is part of Alathurmarker Lok Sabha constituency.Here in Pulpurmannam is also located the house of the famous Kathakali artiste (Late) Karunakara Pannikker, who was famously known by his Kathakali character name as 'Panchali Pannikker'. He was instrumental in setting up Rupayatan in Mumbai, and introducing Kathakali art form to Mumbai, then called Bombay. He, along with his student and later son - in - law, another great Kathakali exponent by the name of (Late) Raghavan Teyunni Nair, also known by his Kathakali name as 'Puthana Raghavan Nair' have their roots here.There is a clear display of unity in diversity here, many different communities and religion live together with greart harmony and collaboration. Nair, Ezava, Ezhithachan, Iyers, Chetiyars, Ashari, Thattan, Mannan, Muslims, Christians. Different cultered people enrich the vibrant and unique culture

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