Thenhipalam (also spelt Tenhipalam and Thenjipalam) is a census town and a panchayat in Tirurangadi taluk in Malappuram district of Kerala, India, with a population of 27,273 as per 2001 census, consisting of 13,293 males and 13,980 females.[1] Tenhipalam forms a portion of the Malappuram metropolitan area as of 2011 Census.[2] University of Calicut, the first university in the Malabar region, is located north-west part of the Panchayat. 'Chelari' is the main commercial place in Tenhipalam panchayat while 'Panambra' is considered the headquarters of the panchayat. The small town between Chelari and the university is called Kohinoor.

Thenjipalam, Tenhipalam
Census town
Coordinates: 11°7′34″N 75°53′25″E / 11.12611°N 75.89028°E / 11.12611; 75.89028Coordinates: 11°7′34″N 75°53′25″E / 11.12611°N 75.89028°E / 11.12611; 75.89028
Country India
 • BodyGram panchayat
 • Total27,273
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
673 636
Lok Sabha constituencyMalappuram
Vidhan Sabha constituencyVallikkunnu
The Calicut University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Tenhipalam
Bus Station at Kolathode, Tenhipalam
Madrassah at Kadakottpara, Tenhipalam


Tenhipalam panchayat is situated in the north-west region of Malappuram district, about 35 km away from district headquarters Malappuram and 11 km north of Taluk headquarters Tirurangadi. It shares its borders with Chelembra panchayat in north, Pallikkal and Peruvalloor panchayats in east, Kadalundi River separates Vallikkunnu panchayat in west. In Southern side it shares border with Mooniyoor panchayat. It is located 24 km south of Kozhikode on the MangaloreEdapally national highway 17.


Tenhipalam is well connected with all parts of Kerala by road. National Highway 17 passes through Tenhipalam. All rural localities in the panchayat are well connected to the arterial national highway by good quality roads. Minibuses operate from rural areas to nearest small towns such as Chemmad, Feroke, Kondotty and Kottakadavu. Private buses operate between Thrissur and Kozhikode call at the University of Calicut. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses, which operate between Kozhikode and various southern towns and cities in Kerala also have stop at the university on route to Tenhipalam. There are seven towns and one corporation in the 30 km circle around Thenhipalam.

The nearest railway stations are Vallikkunnu (station code VLI), Parappanangadi and Feroke, which are located 8.8 km (5.5 mi) west, 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest and 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest respectively from the centre of Tenhipalam. The major railway station of Kozhikode is located 24 km (15 mi) away.

Calicut International Airport at Karipur is located 12 km (7.5 mi) east of Tenhipalam.


The main campus of the University of Calicut is located in Thenjipalam.[3] Government Model Higher Secondary School is functioning inside Calicut University Campus. A Government Vocational Higher Secondary School is also functioning at Chelari which imparts vocational education in addition to Higher Secondary Education. Chelari is also known for head office of the Samastha Kerala Islam matha Vidyabhysaa Board, which is sometimes called as Chelari Samastha. It has more than 10,000 madrassas throughout the world.

Suburbs of TenhipalamEdit

  • Idimuzhikkal and Kakkanchery
  • Chelembra, Kinfra and Chettiar Madu
  • Kohinoor, Parambil Bazar and Devathiyal
  • Saddham Nagar and Nirolpalam
  • Nirolpalam, Ambalappadi and Saddam Nagar

Proposed Vallikunnu MunicipalityEdit

The proposed Vallikunnu Municipality comprises:

  • Vallikunnu panchayat
  • Tenhipalam panchayat
  • Chelembra panchayat

Area: 77.18 km2

Population (1991 Census): 108,792


Kadakkattu Para is a small village included in Tenhippalam panchayath. It is three kilometers west of the Upper Chelari bus stop. The main villages on this route are Shanthi Corner, Alungal, Mukkood and Pichanadathilpady. The important places of worship are Thrakkannoor Shiva Temple, Pichanadathil Masjidh and Kadakkattoor Masjidh. Other important landmarks are AEMS Public School, VEM Public School and Shamsul Hudha Madrassah


Chenakkalangadi is a small town near branching out from Mele Chelari. The road from Mele Chelari goes through Alungal, Chenakkalangadi, Pallippuraya, Nechinathil, Kolathode and terminates at Irumbothingal Kadavu. The important landmarks in this area are Kunnummal Bhagavathi Kavu, Thrikkannur Siva Skhethra, Cheenikkanari Bagavathi Kshethra, Muhiyadheen Masjid (kizhakke Palli), Padinjare Palli, Thomb of Nossan Thangal Uppappa, Subulul Huda Madrassa Chenakkalangadi, Irumbothingal Madrassa, Areepara Madrassa, Alungal Madrassa, GUP school, AEMS Public School, Chenakkalangadi Masjidh (Srambya), Mathapuzha Srambya, Masjidhul Mujahidheen and Alungal Shariath College for Women. The Y-junction at Chenakkalangadi forks to Kolathode on the right and Mathappuzha river on the left side. The ancient Thrikkannur Shiva temple and Muhyudheen masjid is two km from Mele Chelari on this route.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Thenhippalam. Retrieved on 2008-08-02.
  2. ^ "Constituents of Malappuram metropolitan area".
  3. ^ About the University Archived 5 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine. University of Calicut. Retrieved on 2008-08-02.