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About Kanjirappally

Kanjirapally is a taluk as well as town in the Kottayam district of Kerala state. It is situated 38 Kms away from the district capital. The new NH 183 which passes through Kanjirappally connects it to other major cities of the state. The town is the geographic entrance to the Kerala’s hill country or “Malanad” that extends up to Idukki district and further to Tamil Nadu. Hence, it is called as “Door of Highrange”.

About Kanjirappally

The major population of Kanjirappally is Syrian Catholic Christians who switched over to plantation agriculture in early 20th century. Thus, Kanjirappally is home to affluent Syrian Christian families who owe it to the Rubber plantations. This had a major impact on the history of agriculture and commerce of the region. According to the local belief, the flourishing Christian community here was supposed to be founded by the Apostle St Thomas and they claim their roots to early settlements at Chayal or Nilackal which was an important depot for spices. Christians engaged in the trade of procuring and sorting these spices. In 1300, a catastrophic event occurred which led to the fleeing of Christians from Nilackal to Kanjirappally. They constructed the old church in the middle of the town. In 19th century, the agrarian expansion led to the spreading of Syrian Christians to places around Kanjirappally. 

The name Kanjirappally is derived from the combination of St Dominic’s Cathedral’s pally which had a Kanjiram tree to its front. Thus, the Kanjiram as well as pally together became Kanjirappally. 

Geography of Kanjirappally

Kanjirappally is located at 9o 33’ 0”N,  76o 47’ 0” E with total area of 27 Sq Km.   It has an elevation of 15 m above the sea level. Kanjirappally has a tropical climate just like any other city of Kerala. The city gets significant rainfall and short dry season has little impact. 

Business and Economy of Kanjirappally

The major occupation of the people is the rubber plantation. Apart from that, spices trade is also quite popular. There are also government and private offices, banks, etc in the town which provide occupation to the people. 

Tourism in Kanjirappally

Kanjirappally has many temples, churches, mosque, lakes, etc. It attracts tourist from other parts of the state as well as from other parts of the countries. Let’s see here the major tourist attractions of Kanjirappally here.

St Mary’s Old Church

This church which is named after Mother Mary was built and consecrated in the year 1449. It is one of the most famous and oldest churches in Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Kanjirappally. It is to be noted that this church was built 50 years before the Portuguese arrived in India. This church also has religious significance as it has been consecrated much before St Peter’s Cathedral (1590) and London’s St Paul Church (1710). The architecture of the church is very simple just like any other church found all over the world initially. This church was constructed with wood and stone and was rebuilt several times due to its fragile nature. However, the main altar remains the same. It is to be noted that the style of the church is that of the western village church found in ancient times. 

St Dominic’s Cathedral

St Dominic's Cathedral in Kanjirappally

This cathedral was originally built as a church and is situated on the banks of Chittar River in Vayampu Purayidam and has a magnificent location. The church was built in the year 1826 and it celebrated its 150 years in 1977 on 17th March. The church was renovated in the year 1945 and was reconstructed in the year 1961. Post its reconstruction, this church was declared as Cathedral. Pilgrims from all over the country visit this cathedral every year.

Madhura Meenakshi Temple, Kanjirappally

It is a beautiful temple situated at the heart of Kanjirappally town. The presiding deity of the temple is Devi Madhura Meenakshi.

Ganapathiyar Kovil, Kanjirappally

The construction of this temple dates back to 900 years ago. Though this temple is in dilapidated condition today, it has inscriptions written in Tamil and beautiful carvings on its granite pillars which look stunning even today. This temple was built by Chetti community who live around the region surrounding the temple.  Information about the Pattunool Shetties is found in the Tamil inscriptions of the temple and they are famous for weaving of Kanjirappally Katcha. This temple stands as a proof of the influence of early Tamil culture in the region including art, language and culture. Most of the settlars in the region were migrants from Kumbakonam and this temple stands as the evidence for the presence of Hindu culture in the region. 

Nainaru Mosque

Kanjirappally also has heavy Muslim population and the mosque attracts thousands of pilgrims in and around Kanjirappally every year. The Muslim population found here is also settlars who migrated from Thenkasi and Puliyangundi just like Hindus. This mosque to dedicated to Vavar the Muslim Saint who is also known as Vavaraswami and a devotee of Hindu God Ayyappan. This mosque was rebuilt in the year 1979 and came with the water tank that was made out of a single piece of rock. Few pillars as well as stone steps with ancient inscriptions found here are the major attractions of the mosque. Pilgrims to Sabarimala also visit this mosque and pay their homage to Vavar. Petta Thullal is also performed here. 

Vengathanam Waterfalls

This waterfalls is located three kilometres from Chemmalamattom which is 10 Km from Kanjirappally. This waterfalls is cradled between Kottayam and Idukki and is the ideal place for nature lovers. With the backdrop of cool bright rivulet, this place is ideal for picnic. The natural groves, the waterfalls and the rubber plantations make this place very cool and pleasant. Walking to the waterfalls from the foothills of Chemmalamattom is quite rewarding with the chirping of birds and charming sounds of the brook. During summer, this waterfall converges to one fifth of its actual size. However, this waterfall does not dry up. 

Vembanad Lake

Kanjirappally in Kottayam has a vast system of rivers and canals that drains into the Vembanad Lake. This place is quite captivating and is also a quickly progressing backwater sightseeing location. Kettuvallams, the conventional cargo boats are customized into motor boats as well as house boats (consists of kitchen, rooms, bathrooms, etc). It is the longest lake in India and the largest in the Kerala state which spans into many districts. This lake is known as Kochi Lake in Kochi and in Kuttanad as Punnamada Lake. On the eastern side of this lake lies the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is home to many birds such as migratory egrets, Siberian stork, heron, etc.

Services and Utilities in Kanjirappally

Kanjirappally is a taluk and is administered by Grama Panchayat. Yet the town comes with many utility services which will make the life easier for the people and helps in the growth of business. Some of the utility services available in Kanjirappally are:

Panchayat Office in Kanjirappally

Kanjirappally is governed by Grama Panchayat and the address of the Panchayat Office is 

Kanjirappally Grama Panchayat
Kanjirappally PO
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-202486

Electricity Board in Kanjirappally

Kanjirappally is supplied with electricity by the Kerala State Electricity Board which started functioning since 1957. The official website of the electricity board is www.kseb.in. Kanjirappally falls under Kottayam district and the address of the electricity board office in Kottayam is 

Kerala State Electricity Board, 
Chantha To Main Road Bypass
Kokkappally, Kanjirappally
Kerala – 686 555
Tel: 0471-2555544
Website: www.kseb.in

Water Supply in Kanjirappally

Water supply in Kerala is regulated by the Kerala Water Authority who also manages the sewage water. River Periyar water is supplied through various pipes in Kalamassery. The head office of KWA is located at:

Thiruvananthapuram 695 033 

The KWA was found in the year 1984 and it serves as an autonomous body of Kerala State Government. The official website of Kerala Water Authority is www.kwa.kerala.gov.in. 

Banking Services in Kanjirappally

There are several public and private banks available in Kanjirappally. Let’s see here some of the banks in Kalamassery. 

South Indian Bank Ltd
Door No KP/748/B Ward No V
Kollamkulam Tower NH 220
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-204104

Catholic Syrian Bank
Behind Petrol Bunk
Kottayam 686 555
Tel: 04828-203240
Indian Overseas Bank
SH 44 Anakkal
Kerala 686 508
Tel: 04828-203300

State Bank of Travancore
PB No 1, Bank House
KK Road, Kanjirappally
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-203054

HDFC Bank 
1st Floor, Marian Complex
KK Road, Kanjirappally
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 0484-6160616

The Federal Bank Ltd 
P B No 5, K K Road
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-203109

Bank of Baroda
Puthenveettil Complex, NH 220
Near Private Bus Stand
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-203107

Tel: 04828-201563
Website: www.csb.co.in 

Canara Bank
KK Road, Kanjirappally
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-205533

Fire Services in Kanjirappally

The address of fire station in Kanjirappaly is provided 

Fire Station
Kanjirappally Main Road
Tel: 04828-202755

Postal and Courier Services in Kanjirappally

The address of Kanjirappally post office is: 

Kanjirappally Head Post Office
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-202598
Website: www.indiapost.gov.in
Some of the courier services available in Kanjirappally are:

Blue Dart DHL
Near Fire Station, Shop No 8/604
AR 1 K K Road
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-204538

The Professional Couriers
Eravikulangara Building
Near Baby Theatre, K K Road
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 0481-2569271

Speed & Safe Courier
Central Junction, 1st Floor
Al Madeena Complex, Erattupetta Road
Kottayam 686 121
Tel: 04828-276412
Website: www.speedandsafe.com 

Private Bus Stand
Tel: 04828-205326

Telecom and Broadband Services in Kanjirappally

The address of the BSNL office in Kanjirappally is

BSNL Office
Old Telephone Exchange Building
Kottayam 686 507
Tel: 04828-206100
Website: http://www.kerala.bsnl.co.in

Private telecom companies also operate in Kanjirappally. 

How to Reach Kanjirappally

Transport Services in Kanjirappally

Kanjirapally is well connected by road to other parts of the state. KSRTC as well as private buses operate within Kanjirappally and to different parts of the state. The tourists can also avail the services of taxis, cabs, etc to travel by road. Kottayam is the nearest railway junction to this town. All the major trains from South Indian cities stop at Kottayam. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is some 72 Km away from the city. From Cochin, the travelers can hire a private taxi or take a bus to reach Kanjirappally. 

Quick Facts about Kanjirappally

Government - Panchayat Office  
Population as per the 2012 census- 27,127
Time zone - IST
Postal Index Number – 686 507
STD Code - 04828
Official Languages - Malayalam, English

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