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About Changanassery

Changanassery is a municipal town in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is located between Kottayam and Thiruvalla. It is also a peaceful place where people belonging to different religions such as Hinduism, Islam and Christianity amicably co-exist. The people of Changanassery are good mannered as well as well known for their hospitality. Changanassery is surrounded by Kottayam, Alappuzha, Kanjirapally and Kumarakom and are the major attractions of Changanassery. All these places have made Changanassery a popular tourist destination and tourists from all parts of the country visit this city throughout the year.

Changanassery in Kerala

A Brief History of Changanassery

Changanassery was formed in AD 90. It is believed that the town got its name from the place named “Changannattusserry”. Another interesting story is that during the reign of King Udaya Marthanda Varma of Travancore, a Catholic church was built by giving out plots for sowing ‘Changazhy’, ‘Nazhy’, ‘Uri’, ‘Payattupadu’ (Malayalam terms for measuring grains). All these put together formed the ‘Changanasserry’ which was named to that place. It is also said that the place is called Changanasserry which is derived from the name Shamghunadasserry. Some people say that the name is derived from ‘Thenganamsserry’ which is the name of the place ‘Thengana’ which is found in the suburbs of Changanasserry. A market place was formed in 980 AD by the Diwan of Travancore Veluthampy Dalava at the market place of Changanasserry and today it has grown as “Janapath”. A centennial celebration of the place took place in the year 1905 and the people also installed the “Anchu Vilakku” which signifies the ‘unity in diversity’ near the Boat Jetty. 

Geography of Changanassery

Changanassery is one among the four municipalities of Kottayam district which is surrounded by Paippad in the south, Vazhapally in the North, Thrikkodithanam-Madapally in the East and Paippad- Vazhapally panchayats in the west. It is situated on Latitude 9o N and Longitude 76o E and is 60 Kms from Quilon and the same distance from Cochin.

Climate in Changanassery

Changanassery has tropical climate. During summer, it is quite hot and it is moderately cool in winter. The best time to visit Changanassery is from December to February which is the winter season of the town. 

Administration in Changanassery

The total area of Changanaserry is 13.50 Sq Kms. Changanassery is divided into 32 wards to make the administration of the city easier. The total population of the municipality comes around 56000. The municipal office is situated in the heart of the city on the Main Central Road (MC Road). There are 23 co-operative establishments that work actively within the confinement of the municipality. The emblem of the Changanassery municipality is the combination of Hindu, Muslim and Christian worship places. 

Business and Economy of Changanessary

The town is strategically located which helps in the growth of economy. The business has grown due to the coming of traders from Alappuzha, Kottayam and Vazhoor. Main business transaction is on agriculture products and consumer goods. The town also has KSRTC bus depot, railway stations, Boat Jetty, two municipal bus stands, three major bridges and all these help in promoting the business transactions. Various multi-storied buildings, increase in the number of automobiles, departmental stores, jewelers, high standard of the life of the people bears testimony of the prosperity of the town.

Festivals in Changanassery

Festivals are celebrated in Changanassery with great pomp and show. The important festivals of the city are:

Ekadasi Festival: The prominent festival celebrated in the city is Ekadasi festival which is celebrated on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight. The Vrichika Ekadasi has special importance.

Utsam or Annual Festival: This is celebrated on the Pushya day in February and March. This festival is for the purification as well as revitalizing the deity’s powers. 

Saraswathy Pooja: This festival is celebrated during the last three days of Navaratri as these three days are dedicated to Goddess Saraswathy. This evening is celebrated with great passion as the preparations for Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, Krishnanattam begin on this day.

Some other important festivals celebrated are Mandala Pooja, Vaishakha festival, Thiruvonam, vishu festival and Samkrama festival. 

Tourism in Changanassery

Changanassery also has many tourist places which attract people from across the world. Some of the important tourist places in and near Changanaserry are:

  • Lakshmipuram Palace – residence of the thekkumcore royal family
  • Changanacherry market – oldest market of central Travancore
  • St Mary’s Cathedral Changanasserry
  • Juma Masjid
  • Puthoor Pally Juma Masjid
  • Perunna Subramanyaswami Temple
  • Vazhapally Temple
  • Thirukodithanam Temple
  • Parel Syro-Malabar Catholic Church


How to Reach Changanassery

Changanassery Railway StationThe nearest airport to the Changanassery is Cochin International Airport which is one and a half hour of drive from Changanassery. Thus, it is well connected with the other parts of the country as well as world. The nearest railway station is Changanassery Railway Station and connected to all the major cities of the country. The city is also well connected by road to other parts of the state and the country. There are buses operated by KSRTC and private bus services which makes the travel of the tourists easier. 

Quick Facts

Government: Municipal Council  
Population (as per 2001 census): 51,960
Time Zone – IST
Postal Index Number- 686 101
STD Code- 0481
Official Languages - Malayalam & English


Utilities and Services in Changanasserry

Changanasserry is a municipal town that is located between Kottayam and Thiruvalla. The town is strategically located which results in the growth of economy. The town also has various utilities that are needed for the people to live peacefully. All these results in the promotion of business and economy of the town. Let’s see here the public utilities that are available in the Changanaasserry town.


Electricity Services

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) takes care of the distribution of electricity to domestic as well as commercial use in the state and its official website is www.kseb.in. For administration purposes, the distribution wing is divided into three zones i.e. Central, North and South.

Address 
Kerala State Electricity Board, 
Bethel Nagar, Changanacherry
Kottayam
Tel: 0481-2420093.

Water Services
Kerala Water Authority provides drinking water to the people of Kerala State and it also takes care of sewage water in an eco-friendly manner. The head office is located at Jalabhavan, Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram 695 033. The official website of Kerala Water Authority is www.kwa.kerala.gov.in. In Changanasserry the office is located at

Kerala Water Authority
Cherukarakunnu, Changanasserry
Kottayam, Kerala 686 101
Tel: 0481-2420634



Banking Services

There are several public and private banks available in Changanasserry. Some of the banks found in Changanasserry are 

ICICI Bank Ltd
No xxxi/401, Kavalam Nagar
Changanasserry, Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2421023, 2421027
Website: www.icicibank.com 

Axis Bank
No 464/31, First Floor, Kavalam Buildings
MC Road, Changanasserry, Kottayam 686 101
Website: www.axisbank.com

State Bank of India
Post Box No 28, Kavalam Buildings
S B College Road, Changanasserry
Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2421734, 2420603
Website: www.sbi.co.in

State Bank of Travancore
No 24/192, PB No 11
Changanasserry, Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2420535
Website: www.sbt.co.in 

Canara Bank
First Floor, Kandathil Tower, Vazhoor Road
Changanasserry (Opposite to Bus Stand No 1) 
Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2420114
Website: www.canaraban.com

Dhanalakshmi Bank
Market Road, Changanasserry
Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2420492

Service Co-operative Banks
Vellavoor, Changanasserry
Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2494476

Fire Services in Changanasserry
The fire station in Changanasserry is located at 

T B Road, 
Opp to Blue Star Electrical Sales
Changanasserry 
Kottayam 686 101 
Tel: 0481-2420101

Municipal Services
Changanasserry is a municipality in the Kottayam District, Kerala. It has been divided into 34 electoral wards. The municipality has a total population of 47,685. The address of Changanasserry municipality is

Changanasserry Municipality
Kottayam
Tel:  0481-2424994 
Website:  www.changanasserrymunicipality.in 

Postal and Courier Services
The address of Changanasserry post office is: 

Changanasserry Post Office, 
Changanasserry
Kottayam 686 101 
Tel: 0481-2421756 
Website: www.indiapost.gov.in

Some of the courier services available in Changanasserry are 

Franch Express Courier
Kavitha Building
Government Hospital Road, Near KSRTC Building
Changanasserry, Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 91-9847039009, 0481-2421155
Website: www.franchexpress.com

Alleppey Parcel Service
Marattukulam Bazar, Kavala
Chenganasserry
Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 91-9446006179
Website: www.apscargo.com 

Blue Dart Express Ltd
C/o Kackanatt Building
M C Road, Mathumoola
Changanacherry
Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2424620, 91-9447052745

DTDC Courier And Cargo Ltd
Third floor, Municipal Arcade
Changanacherry, Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2423846

Telecom and Broadband Services

The address of the BSNL office in Changanasserry is

BSNL (Customer Service Centre)
Exchange Building
Changanasserry
Kottayam 686 101
Tel: 0481-2424900
Website: www.kerala.bsnl.co.in

Other than BSNL, some private telecom network is also available in Changanassery. 

Creches

NSS Lower Primary School, 
Karapuzha Post, Kaipuzha
Kottayam 686 602
Tel: +91-481-5531678
Website: www.nss.org.in

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