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Chendamangalam, North Paravoor, Ernakulam, Kerala
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Chendamangalam is a historic village located about 42 Km from Ernakulam town. Chendamangalam is very much appreciated for its scenic beauty. Chendamangalam is often said to be one of the best tourist sites in Kerala. Chendamangalam is the location of the Paliam palace, Vypeenakotta Seminary, and is also remarkable for having a Hindu Temple, Synagogue, Church, and Mosque, all within one kilometer of each other. The place is famous for its harmonious religious settings with church, temple, mosque and the remains of a Jewish synagogue all within the 1 km area. Chendamangalam has three rivers, seven inlets, hillocks and vast expanses of green plains. This land was once the abode of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers of the Maharajas of Kochi. Their residence, the Paliam Palace represents the architectural splendour of Kerala. The Palace houses a collection of historic documents and relics. The hillocks at Kottayi Kovilakom present an unusual view of the church, temple, mosque and the synagogue. Also interesting is a visit to the remains of the Vypeenkotta Seminary built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. Jews lived here in AD 69 onwards and they moved to Fort Kochi in 1341. Remains of Jewish existence can be seen around Chendamangalam. Remnants of the famous Seminary of Vaippincotta, (Estd. 1584) conducted by the Jesuits, for the training of Syrian clerics, can be seen in the premises of the ancient Church here. The church, established in 1201, was later rebuilt in Portuguese style. The historical remnants are preserved by the archeological department of the Central Government of India. Chendamangalam is an attraction for students of history and for foreign visitors. It was the seat of the king of Christians of Villarvattom. History records that Archbishop Dr. Menezes of Goa in 1528 visited vaippincotta and administered confirmation to the faithful.
Location of Chendamangalam
Chendamangalam village is 7 Km. north-east of Parur town which is 35 Km. away from Ernakulam. Chendamangalam is 14 Kms from Cherai and also 42 Kms from Kochi.
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Business in Chendamangalam
Copra is manufactured and exported from Chendamangalam. Chendamangalam is also well known for handloom weaving and coir making. Chendamangalam is also an important handloom centre in Kerala. Double dhoti and 'Mundu' and 'Neriyathu' are famous.The distinction of these fabrics is in its structure in the plain structure, they have producing a special effect in weft direction.
History of Chendamangalam
Chendamangalam is a historic village with its history more or less related to Paliam, an ancient Nair family from Chendamangalam. The family tharavaadu is located in the village of Chendamangalam, in Ernakulam district. Paliam was the biggest joint Hindu family until partition in 1952. The annual fair called "Mattachanda" (Barter System) is held on Chendamangalam on the eve of the harvest festival Vishu in April. The SreeVaikathappan temple is located at Chendamangalam. There are also othert temples in Chendamangalam namely Chendrathrikkovu - Sree Krishna Temple, Bhagawathi Temple, Arankavu Subramania Temple, Ayyappa Temple etc. Other Important Temples nearby include Sree Bhagawathi Temple, Kodungallur - 11 kms, Sree Rama Temple, Thripayar - 40 kms, Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor - 55 kms. More tourism projects for hendamangalam is planned including restoration of heritage buildings of Paravoor-Chendamangalam Synagogue.
Schools in Chendamangalam
Main schools located in Chendamangalam are Chendamanglam Ghss, Gothuruthu St. Sebastians Hss, Karimpadom Ddshs, St. Josephs Hs Chathedom Government LPS, Government Fisheries LPS etc.
Famous People from Chendamangalam
Indian-origin entrepreneur Eliyahu Bezalel, who started as a shepherd in Israel and went on to become an award-winning agriculturist, has been selected to receive the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for 2006. Bezalel, who in 1955 left his village of Chendamangalam in Kerala for Israel at the age of 25, maintains strong sentimental links with his motherland, which he says "taught him the spirit of co-existence."
Internet cafes in Chendamangalam
Abacus, Ezhava Samajam Shopping Complex, Chendamangalam Jn, N. Paravoor, Kochi. Services include Internet Cafe, Internet Connections, DTP, Photostat, Colour Scanning, Blank CD's, Services & Networking, Computer Rentals etc.
Hotel in Chendamangalam
Hotel Cee Cee Tower, Chendamangalam Junction, Cochin, Kerala
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Recent Developments in Chendamangalam
Puthenvelikkara, a village in Chendamangalam Panchayat in Ernakulam district, has set an example for others to emulate by introducing a "new" concept of processing banana fibres for making attractive and inexpensive handicraft items. A group of women has set up a unit here to manufacture handicrafts with banana fibre. It is run exclusively by women. These women are members of the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK). The women's society known as `Janani' has set up this initiative.