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Cheriyanad
Cheriyanad
Location of Cheriyanad
in Kerala and India
Coordinates 9°16′07″N 76°35′14″E / 9.2687200°N 76.587230°E / 9.2687200; 76.587230
Country  India
State Kerala
District(s) Alappuzha
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Cheriyanad, (Malayalam: െചറിയനാട്), a village in Kerala state of Indian Union, belongs to Central Travancore Region and specifically comes under Chengannur Taluk in Alleppey District. It is placed almost midway between Chengannur and Mavelikkara towns. Cheriyanad is a special grade panchayat. Cheriyanad Sri Balasubrahmanya Swami Temple is a famous spot in Cheriyanad.

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History

Cheriyanad was once located on the boundary of the kingdom of the Kayamkulam Rajah and in 1746 along with the rest of the kingdom it was annexed to Travancore. Cheriyanad possesses a Pada Nilam or a battlefield which is now occupied by a school. Till 1980s there was a "Kalithattu" (a raised square platform fortified with four heavy stones at the boarders and a Banyan tree as well. During temple festival, the famous "Pallivilakku (High rise wooden RATH with lighted lamps) from each Kara brought to the ground. Even now, the tradition continues. Some prominent families owned Kalaris i.e. martial arts gymnasiums and also private temples.

Traditionally Cheriyanad consisted of nine original Karas or villages which are now: Athimanchery, Edavankadu, Mandapariyaram, Thuruthimal, Moolikode, Edamuri, Mampara, Ariunnisery, and Alakode. For administrative purposes it is subdivided into fourteen Karas. Cheriyanad is home to an important Temple, located west of Padanilam jn; (500 m) Mavelikara-Puliyoor-Chengannur road, of the Hindu deity Subramanian which is included in the jurisdiction of the high priests of the Sabarimala Temple, the Thazhamon Madhom Namboodiri family of Chengannur. This temple is located in the heart of Cheriyanad , also known as Athimuncherry.

Schools and Hospitals

Cheriyanad village has the following important schools:

  • St Joseph's English Medium School (I.C.S.E. SYLLABUS)
  • Sri Vijayeshwari High School
  • Devaswom Board High School
  • Devaswom Board Higher Secondary School
  • Sri Neelakanda vidyapeedam
  • S.N.College chengannur

Sanjivani Multi Specialty Hospital.

''Sanjivani Multi Specialty Hospital is the number one multi specialty hospital in the Central Travancore. It is located at Alakode a village in Cheriyanad Grama Panchayat.The hospital is located in a cool and calm area ,9 kilometers from Chengannur and 8 kilometers from Mavelikara.All Major departments with 150 beds. The phone number is 0479 2350030(four lines)

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St Joseph's English Medium School

St Joseph's English Medium School is a I.C.S.E. board school.Sr.Jascentha through her effort had gained this great success.The school has classes from L.K.G - S.T.D X.Well trained teachers is taking the classes.It is one of the topper schools of P.C.M Scholarship examination.The most striking features of school are:

  • school van facilities.
  • Well arranged computer and science laboratories.
  • Prudent library.
  • Excellent attention towards sports and arts.

It is one of the excellent schools of I.C.S.E in the state of Kerala.

  • Modified by VIPIN DAS OF S.T.D IX.in the year 2009 -2010

Rail and Road Access

Cheriyanad is just 7 km from the town of Chengannur and an equal distance to the town of Mavelikkara.Both these towns have Railway stations at which most of the important trains stop. Cheriyanad itself has a small railway station where the passenger trains stops in the morning as well as in the evening.

Recent developments include upgrading of Cheriyanad Railway station to a goods transit station for which work had already begun. This is done as part of upgrading Ernakulam-Kottayam-Kayankulam to double line. Once that becomes a reality, Cheriyanad could expect a leap in the rail activities.

A travel to Chengannur on bus will cost you Rs.5 only and to mavelikkara Rs.6 only but using train it will come down to Rs .2 only. Frequency of buses is approximately 20 minutes. Buses are also available directly to Kayankulam/Haripad from where you can catch buses that ply on NH 47 towards Trivandrum and cochin. For travelling via MC road you can catch buses at chengannur. Trivandrum is around 115 km from Cheriyanad whereas Cochin is 126 km far.

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