Vadakara Originally known as Vadakkekara (north shore) due to its position with respect to the Kottakkal puzha, the place came to be called as Vatakara by popular usage later. This city name was also spelt as Badagara in English. Vatakara is also one of the most famous cities in the district of Kozhikode. It has a good beach called Sand Banks that’s near Vatakara municipality.
Vatakara is the capital of old Kurumbanadu, which was inhabited by a tribal folk known as Kurumbrar. The name Kurumbranadu has its origin in the name of this tribe. A Nambiar Lord known as “Vatakara Vazhunnore” was the former ruler of this area. Vatakara is known as the birthplace of Unniyarcha, Aromal Chekavar, Thacholi Othenan, the legendary heroes of the Vadakkanpattu (ballads of North Malabar). These ballads of oral tradition are considered to be of great literary and aesthetic value. Thacholi Tharavadu (the original Thacholi family home) is still preserved and the birth anniversary of Thacholi Othenan is celebrated. Lokanarkavu is one of the famous temples in this area. Also, the temple for the memory of legend Thacholi Othenan is located at Vatakara. This temple is named after Thacholi Manikkothu Kavu temple. The world-famous martial art ‘Kalaripayattu’ is Vatakara’s own one. Kottakkal Bhagavathi Temple, the second richest temple in North Malabar is situated near Edodi Junction in the heart of the city. This Temple is owned by a nair Tarwad known as Edodi who once owned a major part of Vatakara Town. Also, a temple resides near to Vatakara town named as Kalariyullathil Temple. Vadakara has produced eminent bureaucrats like Bharath Bhushan who was.Chief Secretary of Kerala He is from Edodi Tharavad.Another member of this Tharaead, Navnith Krishnan was a top executive of Indian Oil Corporation. In 1934 Mahatma Gandhi visited Vatakara as part of a fundraising trip to North Malabar.
Temples In Vatakara
Bhagavathy Temple, Lokanarkavu situated at Memunda, 5 km from Vatakara, is a popular temple of North Malabar. This temple is associated with the heroes and heroines of Vadakkanpattu. In the vicinity of the temple, there are three rock-cut caves. There are candid murals and carvings adorning the caves. The main deity is Goddess Durga. The festival, locally called Program, is celebrated during March/April. The temple is 1500 years old. There are two temples adjacent to the Lokanarkavu with Vishnu and Shiva as deities. Lokanarkavu goddess is named as Lokanarkavilamma which was the dearest god of Thacholi Othenan, a celebrated hero of Kadathanadu.
Payam Kuttimala Temple Lord Muthappan temple situated in Memunda at scenic hilltop which has been now taken care by the Tourism department of Kerala Government. Temple opens only at evening. Lots of people come here to watch the sunset. ‘Theyyam’ is a legendary art performed at Payamkuttimala temple which attracts people worldwide.
Chennamangalam Temple Considered as one of oldest temples in Kerala, and also one of the very few temples which have Dhwaja Prathishta.This is situated 2 km from town and is near to Chorode. The main prathista is Lord Shiva and Lord Ayyappa.This temple is also known as second Sabarimala. A few years back there was a Big fire in Sabarimala and many people were not able to go there. At this time many people came to this temple.
Kozhukkannur Neyyamruth Madom is located at Purameri, is said to have a history of more than 100 years. The madom relates to the Kotiyoor festival and is a centre from where the Neyamruthu [Ghee] offerings are taken to the Kotiyoor temple by walk.
Shivapuram Sree Mahadeva Kshethram Shivapuram Temple is situated near the Onchiyam Grama Panchayath office in Vatakara Taluk, Kozhikode Dist.
Arathil Bhagavathi Kottakal Temple
Thuneri Sree Vettakkorumakan Kshethram is situated near Tuneri town. Its glorious history says a number of devotees got blessings of Vettakkorumakan. Vettakkorumakan, the incarnation of lord Siva with bhagavathi and adityan are the main moorthees of this temple.according to legend, vettakkorumakan came from balussery kotta, which is the aroodastanam of kirata moorty.