Cheranallur or Cheranellore or Cheranelloor is a suburb of Kochi city in the state of Kerala, India and lies on the banks of the Periyar River. According to tradition, the area was named by its earlier inhabitants who found this place very fertile and beautiful. The name in its local language Malayalam means "Good Village of Cheras".
|• Total||10.59 km2 (4.09 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,485/km2 (6,440/sq mi)|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Sex ratio||1014 ♂/♀|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Ernakulam|
The National Highway 66, which connects Cochin with Mumbai-Panvel, goes through Cheranalloor crossing the Vallarpadam International Container National Highway National Highway 47C (India) (the only junction between the two Highways). Cheranallur is a place surrounded by backwaters, and brackish lagoons which are commonplace in Kerala. The former ruler of these area was known as "Cheranallor Karthavu" - he was one of the influential lords around Cochin area before the Sakthan Thampuran of Cochin.
As of 2001[update] India census, Cheranallur had a population of 26,330. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Cheranallur has an average literacy rate of 85%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 87% and female literacy of 84%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. Cheranallur used to be a very busy ferry in NH66 but the opening of the bridge called Varapuzha Bridge has negated the importance of the place. The only significant trade in the area is arecanut trading. The new National Highway to the vallarpadam container terminal from kalamassery passes through cheranellore cutting the NH66, forming the only junction in this highway, which is considered to become one of the biggest junction in the city. This makes cheranellore a hotspot as it connects Edappally, Kalamassery, Paravur and Ernakulam.. The cheranalloor ferry connects Eloor, Mannamthuruth and Cheranallur. All the three places are bus terminals. Cheranallur is connected to Ernakulam through Chittoor and Edappally and Palarivattom.
Cheranallur has two Famous temples. 1)Cheranellore Bhaghavathi temple (one among 108 Durga Temples) which is considered to be as important as Chottanikkara Bhagavathi Temple. 2)Marapparambu Shiva Temple (Swayam bhoo, VAIDHYANATHA TEMPLE). Both lies on sides of the New Vallarpadam National Highway. Chittoor Sreekrishna Swamy temple,Vishnupuram Maha Vishnu temple and Sree Kalishwari temple are also situated in Cheranallur Panchayath.
There are four churches in Cheranallur. 1)St James church (Roman Latin Catholic Church) 2)Our lady of perpetual help, Naduvilepally(Roman Latin Catholic Church) 3)St Mary's Church, Kottaparamb (Syro Malabar Catholic Church). 4) Holy family church South Chittoor ( Roman Catholic Church Latin )
Pandit Karuppan, V. V. K. Valath, Chakkiath Kochuvareed are few among the great personalities from here. Cheranallur is one of the beautiful locations in Ernakulam along the river sides of Periyar called Varappuzha Kayal or Varapuzha Lake. Cheranallur is the northern tip of the assembly constituency (which is the only Panchaytah within the constituency), Ernakulam now represented by Mr T.J Vinod, MLA.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.