About CheranallurThe literal Malayalam equivalent of Cheranallur in the English language is ‘a good place’ – probably a good place to be in, to live in or to join good friends in. Cheranallur is very well connected as it forms the central point from which are drawn routes to Edapally, Kalamassery, Paranur and Ernakulam. Interestingly, the ferry route also is well connected by the villages, namely Mannathuruth, Eloor and through Edapally and Chittoor to Ernakulam.
Some Salient Facts about CheranallurHistorically, this region had been under the sovereignty of Cheranallur Karthavu who had been a very influential lord of the area around Cochin much before the advent of Sakthan Thampuran.
It is situated on the National Highway Number 17. This highway connects Cheranallur to Mumbai-Panvel in the North West and Cochin in the South East. Cheranallur is populated by an equal number of men and women which is rare in most cities and towns of India. The total population of the city is over twenty six thousand strong. Another interesting feature of the population of Cheranallur is its high rate of literacy. The men have a slightly higher edge (with 87% literacy rate) over the women who have a literacy rate of 84%. About one-tenth of the population is under six years of age. The total area covered by the city is 10.59 square kms giving a density of 2485 persons per square kilometers. One of the unique features of the city is also its sex ratio that favours women. The sex ratio is 1014 which is commendable as compared to a large number of cities in the country.
Two recent developments in the area that have impacted upon the lifestyle of the people of Cheranallur are the construction of the Varapuzha Bridge which adversely impacted upon the ferry business and the opening of the largest container terminal at Vallarpadan on the new National Highway. It cuts across Cheranallur from Kalamassey.
Places to Visit at CheranallurAmong the famous temples located at Cheranallur are the Bhagavath Temple and the Marapparambu Shiva Temple. The former is among the one hundred and eight significant temples of the mother goddess while the latter is also called the Swayambhoo temple or the Vaidyanathan Temple. There are also located the Chittoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple as well as the Vishnupuram Temple at Cheranallur.
The city also has three churches namely the St James Church which is a Roman Cathlic Church; then there is the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church of Naduvillepally which is also a Roman Catholic Church and lastly there is the St Marys Church of Kottaparamba which belongs to the Syro-Malabar order of Catholic Churches. Cheranallur has given birth to several eminent persons like Pandit Karuppan Chakkiath Kochuvareed and VVK Valath who had raised the stature of the city in the fields of literature and scientific thought.
Healthcare Facilities in CheranallurCheranallur is much renowned for its sanatoria and healthcare delivery institutions. Among the more prominent one is the CIMAR hospital which belongs to the Edappal Group. The hospital is located at Thaikkavu. Nearby also is located the Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences. By far the most sophisticated multi-specialty hospital is the Aster medicity which has been built keeping in mind the basic tenets of medical tourism.
How to Reach CheranallurCheranallur is very well connected by well laid out road, railway and waterways as well as by air. The bus route is also well-developed. There are big terminals at Cheranallur, Mannamthuruth, and Eloor which are connected through prominent National Highways. The waterways are well connected by ferry and have for certain the sole means of transport. The air route has the nearest airport at Cochin.
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