Submitted by: Stanly Chirayath
Date and Time: Thu, 28/08/2008 - 04:00
Mala, often known as Mala Thrissur, is a growing town located in the southern part of Thrissur district in Kerala state, India. It is also known as Mala Trichur or Thrissur Mala or Trichur Mala. Mala is about 40 km towards the north from the present day city of Kochi and approximately 14 Km from Chalakudy, Kodungallur and Irinjalakuda. The name "Mala" is said to have derived from the Hebrew word "Mal-Aha" which means "Center of Refugee". Mala is one of the most popular and important destinations among Keralites. It has a glorious past and a rich cultural heritage where people of all caste and creed came from all parts of the world for business and settlement.
Thrissur Mala had inland water ways and rivers connecting the main trade centers of Kerala which in turn made an Ancient trade market, curiously, most of these waterways are still safe for navigation and as a part of the tourism promotion projects. Special care is taken to develop them into enjoyable water theme sports. The enchanting rivers, criss-crossing canals and gurgling streams made this fertile land rich with coconut, arecanut, tapioca, banana, rice, ginger, pepper and vegetable plantations.
Those who came to Mala for business and trade, enchanted by the magical experience of nature in all its virgin beauty settled and established their own religious cults and own cultures. The vast ethnic and cultural diversity of India is truly reflected here at Mala in the variety of lifestyles and religious traditions of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews and Konkanis.
Religious and Political Harmony of Thrissur Mala, Kerala
In those ancient period of Mala, ceremonial sounds from four places of worship (Temple, Synagogue, Mosque, and Church within the Mala town limit) were heard simultaneously proclaiming the religious unity of people dwelling at Mala and its surroundings.
Among developing towns of India, Mala has a prominent position that encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds contributing to the development of this peaceful town. Although, neighboring towns show signs of religious and political disturbances, Mala is totally unaffected, keeping complete harmony in these spaces.
Malakadavu at Mala-Thrissur was once a hive of activity and Mala was a main trading center of the Jews because of its close proximity to waterways having access to many important ports in Kerala. Ornamented by different rivers, backwaters and hills, Mala with its green palms swaying in the wind and rich paddy fields offers an ideal spot for any tourist.
The public and private transport systems are well in place providing access to all majour towns, in and out. The KSRTC depot is adjuscent to old Malakkadavu and the Private bus stand is in the centre of the town. Major developmental projects are being carried out in this location.
Mala Post office is in the heart of the town. Mala Pincode: 680732.
Mala has many State and central govt. offices with easy access. Vadama and Valiyaparambu are important places where Govt. offices locate and function.