Cherpulassery could be the most common search term directed towards my blog. I was surprised to see the netizen’s interest about my birth place , that too not about the cultural history or the heritage of the place but to know about the Modern Cherpulassery . For them i would like to share the things I know about the ‘present day Cherpulassery’
I pass through Cherpulassery twice a day for six times a week, each time i pass the town would have grown by a metre vertically or horizontally. that is the pace with which the town develops . During my childhood cherpulassery was what the “moonumkudiyodam” , a junction where Palakkad,Pattambi and Ottapalam roads met , with a few grocery shops, sleepy tea stalls , two movie theaters “Anand ” and “Devi” , The government hospital and the Sankar hospital . Today Cherpulassery extends from Ayyapankavu to Puthanalkal and beyond, a nearly 3 km stretch in the East – West direction . The town is also expanding to the Ottapalam road, AKG road, EMS road and The High school road. the centre of focus now is the bus stand .
Cherpulassery is known for two temples – The Ayyapan Kavu and Puthanalkavu. Ayyapankavu is often referred to as the Sabarimala of Malabar . The Ettam (eight) Vilakku festival at the temple is well known and usually attaracts pilgrims from across the region. Puthanalkkal Devi temple is known for the kalavela and pooram that takes place every year at a huge scale which could not be comparable with any other in the region. The interesting fact about Puthanalkkal is the fact that the center of worship here is the Aal or the Banyan tree. The region around Cherpulassery probably has the highest concentration of Brahmin Illoms especially around Ayyapankavu. They used to be a regular feature of Malayalam movies in the 90s , when the stories were set in Valluvanadan heartland.
Cherpulassery is well connected by road to all the major towns in valluvanad. Shornur Junction is the nearest major station (17 kms) and Calicut International airport is the nearest airport.
Presently it is a Muncipality with population of 30,000 , but it caters to the needs of nearly 250,000 people of nearby villages making it a bustling commercial center . The Cherpulassery police station is at Kacherikunnu (where the British court was located) on Perinthalmanna road .There is a Govt higher secondary school (one of the oldest in the region where Mahatma Gandhi is said to have visited) . There is a Govt hospital at the hospital junction and many private hospitals including an upcoming medical college.