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Wadakkanchery, is a small town in Thrissurmarker district, Kerala. It is the Head Quarters of Talappally Taluk.

Geography

This town is situated on the Trissur - Shornur Sate Highway 22. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_State_Highways_in_Kerala; and is directly connected to Kunnamkulam (another major town on National Highway 17). There is a railway station here - and this article uses the spelling used by the Indian Railways.

There are two places with similarly pronounced names - vadakkenchery and Wadakkanchery. Both spellings are used interchangeably. In Malayalam, this town is വടക്കാഞ്ചേരി; and the other place, situated in Palakkad district, just off the National Highway 47, is pronounced വടക്കഞ്ചേരി. There is a huge demand for last many years for making Thrissurmarker - Perinthalmannamarker - Nilamburmarker - Ootymarker or Bangaloremarker as National Highway.

Culture and education

Wadakkanchery is an important cultural centre. The Kerala Kalamandalam is located at Cheruthuruthy, not far from Wadakkanchery. This place is home to many artistes, literary and cinema figures. Film director Bharathan, Kathakali singer, Kalamandalam Hyder Ali, film actor Oduvil Unnikrishnan, author of the Malayalam version of the "Panchatantram", Sumangala are all from Wadakkanchery.

Government Boys' High School as well as Government Girls' High School are the premier educational institutions.st.pius school ,clelia barberi school,arafa school are located near wadakkanchery.

Vyasa College, managed by (Nair Service Society), at neighbouring Parlikkad is the noted educational institution near Wadakkanchery. Parlikkad also hosts a major Religious congregation of Hindu bhagawatkars during December of every year.

Festivals and attractions

The Vazani Dam, approximately 8 km from here, made entirely of mud is the major tourist attraction near Wadakkanchery.

Wadakkanchery is situated in the heart of "pooram belt" - "pooram"s are the annual festivals in temples of central Kerala, mostly in and around Wadakkanchery, are well known for the fireworks extravaganzas during the festivals.

The "Pathinettara (eighteen and half) Kavu Vela" is famous which takes place on the first day of Kumbha masam at different temples in and around Wadakanchery.

The most famous fireworks are during the festival at Sree Rudra Mahakali (shortened to Uthrali) Kavu. This takes place in the month of February. The pomp and gaiety of this occasion is matched only by the fireworks of the Thrissur pooram or Nemmara Vallengi Vela.

Religion

Many important Mosques are also here.St. Francis Xaviers Forane Church is situated here. "Machad Thiruvanikavu Vela" festival also famous for its man-made horses which takes place at Thiruvanikavu Devi temple on the second Tuesday of Kumbha masam.

The Dhanwantari temple near Erumapetty (on Kunnamkulam - Wadakkanchery road, approx 8 km from Wadakkanchery) is another place of religious interest.

Government and Politics

The town has some important State government offices - like the Taluk and Village offices, a Munsiff and Magistrate court each, a Joint Regional Transport Office, Two post offices, Assistant Labour Officer, Sales Tax office, State Excise office, a Police station and a Circle Inspector's office a Telephone Exchange (BSNL). The town is covered under all cellular / mobile operators (GSM and CDMA) in Kerala circle.Ottupara busstand is a main stop between Thrissur -ottapalam bus roote.

Wadakkanchery assembly constituency is part of Alathur Lok Sabha constituency.

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