Chirayinkeezhu

Chirayinkeezhu is a suburban city in Thiruvananthapuram district in the Indian state of Kerala.[1] It is the seat of Chirayinkeezhu taluk.

Chirayinkeezhu
City
Sarkara Devi Temple
Sarkara Devi Temple
Chirayinkeezhu is located in Kerala
Chirayinkeezhu
Chirayinkeezhu
Location in Kerala, India
Chirayinkeezhu is located in India
Chirayinkeezhu
Chirayinkeezhu
Chirayinkeezhu (India)
Coordinates: 8°42′N 76°49′E / 8.70°N 76.82°ECoordinates: 8°42′N 76°49′E / 8.70°N 76.82°E
Country India
StateKerala
DistrictThiruvananthapuram
TalukChirayinkeezhu
Government
 • TypePanchayati raj (India)
 • BodyGram panchayat
Area
 • Total15 km2 (6 sq mi)
Population
 • Total40,000
 • Density2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
695304
Telephone code0470
ISO 3166 codeIN-KL
Vehicle registrationKL-16
Nearest cityThiruvananthapuram
Lok Sabha constituencyAttingal
WebsiteOfficial website

Temples

The Sarkara Devi Temple is situated at Chirayinkeezhu (Chirayinkil). The temple is noted for the Kaliyoot Festival, which takes place in the Malayalam month of kumbham (March) and the Meena Bharani Festival celebrated for 10 days in the Malayalam month of meenam (March/April).

Anjengo Fort

The well known Anjengo Fort (Anchutengu kotta) is on the way from Chirayinkil to Varkala via Kadakkavoor. Old Portuguese-style churches, the lighthouse, a 100-year-old convent and school, tombs of Dutch and British sailors and soldiers, and the remains of the fort are major points of interest here. Anchuthengu has a beautiful and clean beach. Kaikara village, the birthplace of the famous Malayalam poet Kumaran Asan, is located nearby. In the past, post arrived through the Trivandrum-Cochin Canal at Anchal Kadavu to Pulimootil Kadavu Post Office.

Transport

Chirayinkeezhu is located 28 kilometres (17 mi) north of Kerala's capital city Thiruvananthapuram. The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. Chirayinkeezhu railway station is the nearest railway station. The village is 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and 37 kilometres (23 mi) from Kollam Junction railway station. There are frequent regular private bus services connecting with Attingal, Kadakkavur and Varkala. Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily bus services from Thiruvananthapuram, Perumathura and Pothencode amongst others.

Six express trains and all passing passenger trains stop at Chirayinkil railway station. It is on the Thriuvananthapuram-Kollam rail route. The Malabar Express, Guruvayoor-Chennai Egmore Express, Vanchinad Express, Venad Express and Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Express all pass through this station. Traveling south, Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest major railhead. To the north, Kollam Junction railway station is the nearest main station.

State Government Offices

  • Chirayinkeezhu, Sub Registrar Office

References

  1. ^ "Chirayinkeezhu". Retrieved 2008-12-16.

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