Wadakkanchery, is a small
town in Thrissur district,
It is the Head Quarters of Talappally Taluk.
This town is situated on the Trissur - Shornur Sate Highway 22.
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 Thrissur - Perinthalmanna - Nilambur - Ooty or Bangalore as National Highway.
Culture and education
Wadakkanchery is an important cultural centre. The Kerala Kalamandalam
is located at
, 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
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
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
or Nemmara Vallengi
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