Vatakara ( ) is a coastal
Municipality in Kozhikode district of Kerala, a South Indian state.
It is the
heqdquarters of Vatakara taluk
. This place is
erstwhile Kadathanadu and was part of North Malabar province of Malabar District in Madras State during
Vatakara is located at . It has an average elevation of .
Geographically, Vatakara is situated about
48 km to the north of Kozhikode City, approximately 44 km to the south of
Kannur City and it is proximate to Mahe (Mahe
district). This is the third largest town of North Malabar.
The town lies by the side of a river known
by different names as Moorad river, Kuttiadi river or Kotakkal
river. Originally known as Vadakkekara
(north shore) due
to its position with respect to the Kottakkal puzha, the place came
to be called as Vatakara by popular usage later. This city is also
known as Badagara.
Vatakara railway station.
Vatakara is the capital of old Kurumbranadu
was inhabited by a tribal folk known as Kurumbrar
has its origin in the name of this
tribe. A Nambiar Lord known as "Vadakara Vazhunnore" was the former
ruler of this area.
is known as the birth place of Thacholi
Othenan, the legendary hero of the Vadakkanpattu (ballads of North Malabar).
These ballads of oral tradition are
considered to be of great literary and aesthetic value.
(the original Thacholi
home) is still preserved and the birth anniversary of Thacholi
Othenan is celebrated. Lokanarkavu is one of the famous temples in this area.
Also the temple for the memory of legend Thacholi Othenan is
located at Vadakara. This temple is named as Thacholi
The martial art form Kalarippayattu
has the largest number of exponents in Vatakara .
Mahatma Gandhi visited Vatakara as
part of a fund raising trip to North Malabar.
India census, Vadakara had a population of 75,740. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Vadakara has an average literacy rate of 83%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 85%, and female literacy is 80%. In Vadakara, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Since Vadakara is a coastal town, fishing is one of the main
commercial activity. The Moorad river flows into the Arabian Seaat a pont close to the town.
Sand Banks, a
sunset spot and a place of tourist interest are located at the
Nut Street is the largest market for coconut, arecanut etc.
- Railway Station- Vadakara Railway station is one of the model
railway station in India.
- Nearest Airport- Calicut
International Airport, approx. 80 km away. On
completion of proposed Airport at Mattannur, the nearest Airport
for Vadakara will be Kannur Airport.
- Road- Vadakara is well connected to other cities by road.The
National Highway 17 passes
through Vadakara town. NH 17 connects Vadakara to Calicut
(Kozhikode) on the south (47 km) and to Kannur on the North
(44 km). A preliminary survey is being done for a
National Highway Connecting Vadakara to Bangalore through Nadapuram .
Most of the people are labours and farmers. Some are government
employees. A large number of people work in the middle eastern
countries, and their remittances have a strong influence on the
local economy.Some people work in the near states like karnataka
and tamil nadu.
Vatakara assembly constituency is part of Vadakara
Places of interest
Birth Place of Kunjali
The Marakars were admirals of the Zamorins,
who valiantly resisted the Portuguese on the high seas. Kunhali
Marakar built a fort on the southern bank of the Moorad river.This
fort was completely destroyed by the Portuguese at a later time.
The place where the fort stood is known today as Kottakkal. It is
46 km. North of Kozhikode. A small hut that belonged to
Kunhali Marakkar with collections of ancient swords, cannonballs
and knives can be seen here. Marakkar Bhavanam can be seen in the
Lokanarkavu situated at Memunda 5 km. from Vatakara is a popular temple of
This temple is associated with the heroes
and heroines of Vadakkanpattu. In the vicinity of the temple there
are three rock-cut caves. There are candid murals and carvings
adorning the caves. The main deity is Goddess Durga
. The festival, locally called Pooram, is
celebrated during March/April. The temple is 1500 years old. There
are two temples adjacent to the Lokanarkavu with Vishnu and Shiva
as deities. Lokanarkavu goddess is named as Lokanarkavilamma which
was the dearest god of Thacholi Othenan a hero of Kadathanadu
Siddasramam:Situated near the Payam Kuttimala,in
Memunda, Siddasrama is a spiritual centre.
Siddasramam has branches in Kerala as well as outside Kerala.
of the most popular Sidda Centre of North Malabar.
Memunda Madham Shiva Temple (മേമുണ്ട മഠം
It is a
very ancient nagakshethram(temple dedicated to snake gods).It is
situated east of Memunda town.
A massive rock, Velliyamkallu
associated with the valiant Kunhali Marakkar is located 13 km
off Payyoli Beach. The rock,though much dreaded by navigators, was
safe ground for the Marakar to attack the invading Portuguese. It
was on this rock that Marakars killed the whole crew of a ship
belonging to the Portuguese.
Sand Banks is where the Kottakkal river
reaches the sea.There is a Bungalow of Birla opposite to the
South of Sand Banks is Silent
Thacholi Manikkoth Temple, Meppayil:
About one km
in the east side of the new bus stand. Thacholi tharavadu (the
original thacholi family home) is still preserved and the birth
anniversary of thacholi othenan is celebrated here.
Kuriyadi Sree Kurumba Bhagavathi Kshetram:
in Vatakara beach near Chorode Gramapanchayath. Originally, the
temple was within Valiyavettil house which is more than 800 years
old. Annual festival is held in the month of Feb.
It's one of the tortoise farm and a small place all sides are
covered by water.
It's 5 km distance from vatakara town and in this place is one
muthappan temple.In this place we have to see different areas near
Vatakara has many schools and colleges.A list can be found at
institutions in vatakara
Birth place of famous persons
- Lokanar Kavu
- Sree Bhagavathi Kottakkal
- Bhajana Madam, Puthuppanam
- Othayoth Temple
- Theru Ganapathi temple
- Kuriyadi kurumba bhagavathi temple
- Jumahth Palli,Beach Road
- Chirakkal Mosque,Beach Road
- Sheik Mosque,Thazhe Anghadi