Chirakkal, Kannur

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Chirakkal is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 11°53′N 75°22′E / 11.89°N 75.37°E / 11.89; 75.37Coordinates: 11°53′N 75°22′E / 11.89°N 75.37°E / 11.89; 75.37
Country India
 • TypeLocal Self-government
 • BodyChirakkal Panchayat
 • Total43,290
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-KL
Vehicle registrationKL-13

Chirakkal is a census town in Kannur district in the state of Kerala, India. It is 7 km from Kannur town.

According to the Indian census,[1] Chirakkal has a population of 43,290. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Chirakkal has an average literacy rate of 96.05%, higher than the state average of 94.00%; with male literacy of 97.57% and female literacy of 94.77%. Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 4902 which is 10.75 % of total population of Chirakkal (CT). In Chirakkal Census Town, Female Sex Ratio is of 1159 against state average of 1084. Moreover Child Sex Ratio in Chirakkal is around 1032 compared to Kerala state average of 964.


Chirakkal Chira

The Kovilakam ("Palace" in the Malayalam language) of Kolathiris were in Chirakkal a place near to Kannur famous as the seat of the Kolathiris. Kolathiri were also known as Chirakkal Raja or King of Chirakkal. The southern branch of this family ruled over Venad and is today known as the Travancore Royal Family.

Kolathiris are the successors of Mooshiks Kings who ruled northern Kerala in the first century AD. The detailed history of this dynasty and hidden history of this region is mentioned in the "Mooshika Vamsham" a Sanskrit poetic text, written by Athulan in the tenth century AD. Mooshika Vamsham is believed to be one of the earliest Sanskrit books written based on the history of northern Kerala.

Kolathiris were political and commercial rivals of the Samoothiris (Zamorins) of Kozhikode.

Bekal Fort now in Kasaragod and Chandragiri Fort were originally under the Chirakkal Rajas until the time of Shivappa Naik's invasion of Kolathunadu Nowadays the recognition of the Chirakkal Raja is widely regarded by the folk artists, especially the Theyyam artists. The most gifted among them receive 'pattum valayum' (a type of silk cloth and golden bangle) from the Chirakkal Raja as recognition.

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Former Chief Minister of Kerala Shri K. Karunakaran was born in Chirakkal in 1918.

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  1. ^ "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.