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Central Kerala

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'''Central Kerala''' covers 3 districts located middle of [[Kerala]] state. Central Kerala was part of erstwhile Kingdom of Kochi. Today its one of the most leading economic powerhouse of Kerala with several industries and trading firms located. The 3 districts that form Central Kerala are Ernakulam, [[Thrissur ]] and Palakkad. The most important city in this region is [[Kochi ]] (commercial capital of Kerala)|Kochiand [[Thrissur]] (commercial cultural capital of Kerala) which is a major gateway to Kerala.
==Cities==
* [[Aluva]] - The second largest suburb of [[Kochi]] and prime industrial base* [[Angamaly]] - A suburb of [[Kochi ]] famous for several convents and hospitals* [[Chavakkad]] - A small beach-side town, known as Mini-Gulf for its large number of Middle East based NRIs* [[Guruvayoor]] - The famous temple town of India, known as Bhoolokavaikuntha (Home of Lord Vishnu in Earth)* Irinjalakuda - Famous for its super-large temple dedicated to Bharata (Keralabrother of Sree Rama)|, the only temple in India so.* [[Kochi]]- The commercial capital of Kerala and major gateway to the state* [[Kunnamkulam]] — major centre of Orthodox Christianity in Kerala, this town has lots of old churches as well as beaches* [[Nelliampathy]] - Forests, farms, cliffs, waterfalls, orange farms, its loved by adventurists , naturists and honeymooners.* [[North Paravur]] - A suburb of [[Kochi]] considered as lost city of Muziris, now a heritage site and farm tourism* [[Ottapalam]] - Famous for its large paddy fields and large river banks, its the heart of Malluwoods- Malayalam Film Industry.
* [[Palakkad]] - The rice granary of Kerala, famous for its agricultural fields and industries
* [[Shoranur]] - A center of cultural heritage with headquarters of Kerala's classical dances university- Kalamandalam
* [[Thrissur]] - The cultural capital of Kerala, famous for large festivals, museums, temples and performing arts institutions.
 
==Major towns==
 
* [[North Paravur]] - A suburb of [[Kochi (Kerala)|Kochi City]], is a major heritage site and farm tourism
* [[Irinjalakuda]] - Famous for its super-large temple dedicated to Bharata (brother of Sree Rama), the only temple in India so.
* [[Shoranur]] - A center of cultural heritage with headquarters of Kerala's classical dances university- Kalamandalam
* [[Ottapalam]] - Famous for its large paddy fields and large river banks, its the heart of Malluwoods- Malayalam Film Industry.
* [[Paniyeli Poru]]
==Other destinations==
 
* [[Angamaly]] - A suburb of [[Kochi, {Kerala}|Kochi City]] famous for several convents and hospitals
* [[Chavakkad]] - A small beach-side town, known as Mini-Gulf for its large number of Middle East based NRIs
* [[Guruvayoor]] - The famous temple town of India, known as Bhoolokavaikuntha (Home of Lord Vishnu in Earth)
* [[Nelliampathy]] - Forests, farms, cliffs, waterfalls, orange farms, its loved by adventurists , naturists and honeymooners.
* [Chottanikkara Temple] -It is the most important Temple among the 393 shrines spread over 3 Districts of Kerala and coming under the administration of Cochin Devaswom Board. The Divine Mother known as Rajarajeswari (Adiparasakthi) is worshipped here in three forms Saraswathy in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. There is an Idol of Mahavishnu on the same pedestal and so the Deity is called Ammenarayana, Devinarayana, Lakshminarayana and Bhadrenarayana also. Along with Lakshmi & Narayana there are idols of Brahma, Siva, Ganapathi (Ganesh), Subramanya and Sastha on the same pedestal.
 
Apart from the main deity, the temple complex consists of Kizhukkavu Bhagavathy temple, temples for Sastha, Siva, Ganapathi, Nagas and other Upa-Devas. The pleasant atmosphere in the temple give mental peace and harmony to devotees.
 
"MAKOM Thozhal" (worship on the Makom day) is the most important festival of the temple which is celebrated in the month of Kumbham. (Feb / March) It is believed that Bhagavathy in her full attire gave darsan to Vilwamangalam Swamiyar on the Makom day and appears on the same day every year for giving darsan to the devotees in her special appearance. The Bhadrakaali at Kizhukkavu is believed to exorcise evil spirit from devotees, after conducting bhajanam.
==Understand==
 
Central Kerala was once cradle of Imperial Chera civilization established in 300 BC with the Great Cheras establishing their capital at Muziris (today's Kodungallur- 40 kms from Kochi). At height of Chera glory, they established an empire reaching till Ganges in North India. Chera's capital city- Muziris (as known in Greek literature) was one of the largest seaports in Ancient world with regular trading with Greeks, Roman, Mesopotamian and Chinese civilizations. With the decline of Chera powers by mid 11th century, choking of Muziris port due to Great floods of Periyar, the Central Kerala turned into boiling pot of various social and political turmoils. The Chera Dynasty was replaced by Kochi Kingdom with its capital at newly formed Kochi City which has covers the entire Central Kerala. The trading relations with West and Arabs helped Europeans to come into Kochi and formed a major political power in Kerala. By 18th century, British dominated the political power, as elsewhere in India.
* Ernakulam South, located in Ernakulam (Kochi City) is a major Indian Railways station with regular connections to all over India
* Thrissur Town- a major rail head in [[Kerala]] and a leading station for all NonKonkan and non-Konkan railway train services
* Shornur Junction - The biggest railway station in Kerala
==See==
 
===Chottanikkara Temple===
 
It is the most important Temple among the 393 shrines spread over 3 Districts of Kerala and coming under the administration of Cochin Devaswom Board. The Divine Mother known as Rajarajeswari (Adiparasakthi) is worshipped here in three forms Saraswathy in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. There is an Idol of Mahavishnu on the same pedestal and so the Deity is called Ammenarayana, Devinarayana, Lakshminarayana and Bhadrenarayana also. Along with Lakshmi & Narayana there are idols of Brahma, Siva, Ganapathi (Ganesh), Subramanya and Sastha on the same pedestal.
 
Apart from the main deity, the temple complex consists of Kizhukkavu Bhagavathy temple, temples for Sastha, Siva, Ganapathi, Nagas and other Upa-Devas. The pleasant atmosphere in the temple give mental peace and harmony to devotees.
===Itineraries===
==Do==
'''MAKOM Thozhal''' (worship on the Makom day) is the most important festival of the temple which is celebrated in the month of Kumbham. (Feb / March) It is believed that Bhagavathy in her full attire gave darsan to Vilwamangalam Swamiyar on the Makom day and appears on the same day every year for giving darsan to the devotees in her special appearance. The Bhadrakaali at Kizhukkavu is believed to exorcise evil spirit from devotees, after conducting bhajanam.
==Eat==
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