The ancient archive up to the 15th Century brings a historical light that brighten the dark corners of the origin of the name – Irinjalakuda. It transparently points out that ‘Irinjalikoodal’ was the old name of Irinjalakuda. ‘Koodal’ simply means merge together, merging of two rivers. The golden rays of history brighten the murky depths and the disappeared routes of rivers.
According to the documents, two streams that start, one from Kurumalipuzha and the other from koodapuzha, that belongs to Chalakudypuzha, and move through Konthipulam at North whereas, the other one through Velukara at South. Then these two streams merge together in the West. So it shows that Irinjalakuda may have gradually developed, from ‘Irinjalikoodal’, which derived from ‘Irangikoodal’, means – merge together. At present there is no river in Irinjalakuda, but the myth of river.
Irinjalakuda was the rather important and prominent village among all other villages, which is believed that created by Parasuraman. It was promoted as Municipality in 1936, which has been in the zenith of cultural and social movements of kerala. History says, Irinjalakuda was the first blessed village in the region with a bus service (during the Kochi dynasty) where the horse carts had been used for extensive travelling.
When roaming through the heart of Irinjalakuda we can see that the bus stand surroundings which act as the centre point. Let’s start from bus stand and move to west. If you look straight ahead, there you can see and enjoy the classical façade of old and renowned temple – Koodalmanikyam. Have you noticed a shopping complex just before on the right side of the temple?
There was an old ‘Tharavadu’ (Ancestral House) and in front of it there was an aged and weak but loving and soothing mango tree extending its branches and giving shade and shelter. It is ‘Paliyam’, the home of P.Jayachandran, one of the blessed and well-known Indian Playback Singers. Haven’t you seen a walled pool just on the left side of the temple? Yes! This is the famous ‘Kuttamkulam’.
If you look from the north gate of the temple, you can see the ‘Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam’. Okey, now you can have recollection of Unnayi Warrier. It is believed that ‘Kalanilayam’ situated on the same spot, where once upon a time, ‘the Purathara’ stood rather proudly. Have you ever experienced ‘Koodalmanikyam’ temple festival? People celebrate the festival with zest and zeal that continues for 10 days. It is the last temple festival in the Kerala, which gives a great enthusiasm in classical programs like Kadhakali, Ottanthullal, Koothu, and Koodiyattam and so on.
If you move to the north, before the temple, you can reach at ‘Mahatma Gandhi Library’ which is the oldest library in Irinjalakuda. In fact ‘Victoria Jubilee Memorial Library’ was named after Mahatma Gandhi. From here you can go to Pathmasree Ammanur Madhava Chakyar’s residence.
Just nearby, there is the “Natanakairaly” ,the residence of Venuji a research prodigy, a folklorist, who preserves the traditional and cultural programs like Pavakoothu, Pavakathakali and so on for the next generation. ‘Lilly Garden ‘ is next to this , the residence of Puthur Aachutha menon, a shining star in Kerala politics.
If you are going from bus stand to eastward, there you can see a gignatie Banyan tree that provides a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere where people can gather and listento the political speeches that improve their political awareness. It is very rare to come across a politician who doesn’t deliver a speech, atleast once, in the shade of that aged tree.
Again straight to eastward, there you can see some old but lively buildings, where the Court, Taluk office and Treasury are situated, which provide a discipline to the municipality.
Again to eastward, on the left-hand side you can see Govt. Model Boys High School. Few steps ahead on the right side is the Catholic Centre & Jyothis College, which combines together for charitable activities along with advanced education. Adjacent to Catholic Centre there is Little Flower Convent. Have you noticed a house with a board on gate written “Moorkancheril house”? This is the residence of Late M.C.Joseph who was a logician.
Tana is another important centre of Irinjalakuda which has a historical importance. Tana means the barracks. Irinjalakuda Police Station was in Tana, which is shifted to Kattungachira. Tana is also blessed with the Taluk Hospital and Police Circle office & Sub jail, from where you have to go eastward to reach at Viswanathapuram temple, which is pretty famous for its Shashti mega festival.
Suppose you are moving to southward from Tana, you can reach at glorious St. Thomas Cathedral. Resume your moving; two minutes of walking take you to an old business center ‘Chanthakunnu’. Again straight, then you will see an illustrious women’s college named St. Joseph’s College. Moving towards there we can see Shanmugham Canal, which was made suitable for sailing in June 1940, that links Irinjalakuda to the Kochi harbour. Now it’s out of usage.
If you are moving towards eastward from chanthakunnu, you can reach at the market, whereas to westward, you will be attracted by the healthy fragrance from Kesavan Vaidhyar’s famous Chandrika Soap Factory. On the same direction is Municipal Office, Municipal Park and a historically prominent ground – Ayyankavu Mithanam.
Again you proceed, and you will see the Govt. Girls High school and from there you can reach at Kerala Solvent Extraction LTD Company, a dominant firm in cattle feed production which is situated about 1 km away from the school.
Let’s move from Tana through Thrissur road, that blessed with the presence of the individuals like, Pattathu Kunjunni Nambyar, a great poet, who rejuvenated and adorned the Darbar Hall of Sree Swathy Thirunal and Uthram Thirunal, with his great presence, has possessed a prominent place in Uloor’s Kerala Sahithya Charithram (The history of Kerala literature). The men of letters like V.Kamalakara Menon, Kunjikrishna Menon, Nambyaru Veetil Narayana Menon, K.Rama Pisharady, Sbastian Joseph(a musician and dramatist), Subhadra Parameswaran, Narayani Pothuval and so on. Madhavan Namboothiri a Tharananellur Villager, a research prodigy of Kerala University, who invented the equivalent value of pie. (a mathematical term), parted the “Kollvarsham’ into 27 Njatuvelha and helped the farmers to keep an agricultural schedule for a better harvest.
There see the board that shows the way to Christ college. Let’s turn to left hand side. One of the illustrious and many people like Anand (modern novelist who is the author of Aalkkootam, Abayarthikal and so on); Olympian Chandhra sekharan; Adv. K.V.K Variyar; film director K.R Mohan; Cine Artist Innocent; writer K.V Ramachandran Master; George Nellai; Dr. K.N Pisharady; Dr. C.S Venghidesan; Prof. C.I Antony; Prof. C.I. Varghese, an erudite; J.D Thottan (the man who was a film director); Payikkattu Parameswaran Namboothiry; Varghese Thekkethala, (the man who designed mf 24 bomber); Parambi Lonappan, (the man who was a minister in TamilNadu ministry); and E.A Bushara, (a teacher who was honoured with the National Award for the Best Teacher), have contributed their lives to up lift Irinjalakuda’s glory to zenith of fame and prestige.
Now you are in front of the Christ College which is famous for its peaceful and gentle campus that situated on Mangadikunnu. If you move again and the same route you will reach at the only one Ayurvedic Hospital of Irinjalakuda, which is close to A.K.P. Metals, another important industrial spot.
Koothuparambu is the slice gate of Irinjalakuda’s water supply, where you can see a gignatie water tank. Now you are infront of Civil Station, all Govt. offices, now scattered are going to be consolidated.
Let’s wish all the best to the Civil Station and step into the luminous and wonderful indoor of Irinjalakuda.