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Aroor
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Aroor is located in Kerala
Aroor
Aroor
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°52′41″N 76°18′14″E / 9.87806°N 76.30389°E / 9.87806; 76.30389Coordinates: 9°52′41″N 76°18′14″E / 9.87806°N 76.30389°E / 9.87806; 76.30389
Country  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
Government
 • MLA Adv. A.M. Ariff (2006-2011, re-elected in 2011 )
Population (2011)
 • Total 39,214
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 688534
Telephone code 0478
Vehicle registration KL-32
Lok Sabha constituency Alappuzha
Vidhan Sabha constituency Aroor

Aroor is a census town in Alappuzha district and it is a suburb of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India. It is a seafood related industrial area at the south of Kochi, Kerala, India. It is considered as part of Kochi for all practical purposes but Aroor technically belongs to Alappuzha district. Aroor is a two way entrance to the Cochin city.

Location[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[1] Aroor had a population of 39,214. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Its average literacy rate is of 84% higher than the national average of 59.5%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

History[edit]

The name Aroor traces its origins to the phrase "Arayarude Oor", which means the place of fishermen. It was later shortened as Arayaroor and subsequently to the present version.

Aroor provides the former Travancore and Cochin states with a history. In the pre-independence days, the coastal tip was known for its adventurous youngsters who would try to get goods past the vigilant customs (one state to another). Much later, in independent India, Aroor was famous for having elected K.R.Gowri Amma, the indomitable lady politician of Kerala for a record of 8 times, to the Kerala Legislative Assembly position.

Location[edit]

Aroor is the northernmost tip of Alappuzha district and lies on the National Highway 47 NH 47 (India) next to Chandiroor. It is around 17 km south of Ernakulam (Kochi), the commercial hub of Kerala. Even though Aroor is a part of Alappuzha, it is often referred as the southernmost tip of the Cochin city and the industrial hub of Allapuzha District.

Aroor is linked to the nearby land Kumbalam through a bridge. The Aroor–Kumbalam Bridge is the second-longest bridge (now the bridge is doubled with four-lane traffic) in Kerala state, spanning about 993 meters, which links Aroor with Ernakulam district at Kumbalam through Aroor–Edapally Bypass. Bypass opened to traffic since 1997.

A beautiful sunrise from Aroor bridge


St. Augustines Church Aroor
Aroor-Edakochi bridge, a night view
A seafood export processing plant at Aroor. The coldstorage shipment containers are seen in the front of the plant.

The St. Augustine's Church is a major attraction, situated on the highway in the heart of Aroor. This parish is also the part of Mundamveli Parish and separated in the early 1900s. The saint, though originally from Africa, has been given an almost Aroorian identity with countless stories of how he takes a walk around Aroor at night with his staff, visiting every neighbourhood, to keep the place safe. The current church, over 120 years old, was built on land donated by the Aelavanthara family, among the oldest and most prestigious among the Christian families in Aroor.[2]

Temple[edit]

Aroor Puthuvaranad temple is a famous temple in Aroor. The idol of Kali is similar to the Kali idol of Dakshineswaram Kolkatha. The temple belongs to the Chirammel Kambakkaran Family, the land lords in Aroor. Hundreds of acres of land were surrendered during the time of Land reforms. Aroor Karthyayani Temple is another main temple in Aroor. The name "Aroor" is derived from this temple. It is on the National HighWay. Arookutty road starts from the Aroor junction. Aroor Cheruvally Temple and the Kavu with the temple, known as PARADEVATHA KAVU AND KIZHAKKEDATHU KAVU are scenic attractions in the temple. The banyan tree at the southwestern corner of the temple, and the ganapathi idol known as the AALTHARRA GANAPATHI, are other attractions of the temple. The Ganapathi idol is similar to the idol of Pillayarpatti Ganapathi. Pillayara patti is a place near Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. Kottilakkattu Kudumpa Paradevatha is also near the Cheruvally Temple. The long PALA MARAM of the Devasthanam is a main attraction. Aroor Vattakkeril Temple is the secular temple of Aroor. The GARUDA VAHANA EZHUNNALLETH and THADI THULLAL is the main attraction in the festival.

Places of worship[edit]

  • Ammanezhathu Sree Bhavaneeswara Temple
  • Cheruvally Devasvam
  • Calasanz Bhavan Chapel, Aroor
  • Holy Family Chapel, St.Augustine - Poojappura crosse Road.
  • Indian Pentecostal Church of God - Philadelphia Hall
  • Karthyayani Devi Temple (Travancore Devasam Major Temple)
  • Kottilakkattu Kudumba Paradevatha Aroor
  • Kanakakunnu Subhramanya Temple
  • Masjid ul Aman
  • Masjid ul Rahman
  • Mahal Muslim Jamath
  • Nadakal Sreedharma Shastha Temple
  • Nadakkal Sree Dharma Shastha Temple Aroor
  • Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. Aroor West.
  • Our Lady of Ransom Church, Chandiroor
  • Pavumpayil Sreekrishna Swamy Temple
  • Sree Puthuvaranattu Temple (Palliyarakkavu Temple)
  • Sree Kanakakunnu Temple (Poojappura Temple)
  • Sreekumara Vilasom Temple, Puthenangady.
  • Sree Kumarthupady Devi Temple Chandiroor
  • Sree Krishna Temple Chandiroor
  • Sree Palliyil Bhagavathy Temple Chandiroor
  • Sree Subramania Swamy temple
  • St.Augustine's Church: A major landmark, right on the Highway.
  • St.Joseph's Chapel, Aroor East.
  • St.Antony's Chapel, Aroor South.
  • St. Mary's Church, Mariyoor, Aroor.
  • St.Joseph's Chapel, Aroor North.
  • St.Mary's Church, Chandiroor
  • Vattakeril Sree Khandakarna Temple

Educational institutions[edit]

TIME Kids Pre-school, Aroor

  • Government High School, Aroor
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Chandiroor
  • St.Augustine's Higher Secondary School, Aroor
  • Our Lady of Mercy Higher Secondary School
  • Holy Angels Residential School, Aroor.
  • Al Ameen Public School, Chandiroor
  • Yahia ul Islam, Chandiroor
  • Najmul huda Public School, Chandiroor
  • E.C.E.K Union High School Kuthiathode

Prominent Hospitals[edit]

  • State Government Hospital
  • ESI Dispensary
  • Lakshmi Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Karthika Hospital
  • Jeevans Hospital, Chandiroor.
  • Chandiroor Mission Hospital

Banks[edit]

  • State Bank of India
  • South Indian Bank
  • The Alleppey Co-operative Bank Ltd.
  • Federal Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • Canara Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • State Bank of Travancore
  • Syndicate Bank
  • All leading Banks ATM.

Industries[edit]

Aroor is near Vembanad lake, a part of Kerala backwaters. This eco-system helps large-scale prawn and shrimp farming as an alternative to the low-lying paddy fields, which have the interlocked water system connected to the Kerala backwaters. Secondly the Cochin fishing harbour and port is just 15 km away from Aroor. The abundance of marine wealth and logistical advantages have helped the seafood export to grow especially around Aroor. There are many marine food processing units in Aroor which provide employment to number of people. The raw seafood catch is also purchased by large seafood export firms from North Kerala, Kollam, South Karnataka, Orissa, Tamil Nadu etc., processed and preserved in cold storages and then trans-shipped through Cochin port.

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  • Elite Food Products Pvt Ltd - Bread Making
  • Studio Complex Manorama News- Prominent Malayalam Television News Channel

Politics[edit]

Aroor assembly constituency is part of Alappuzha (Lok Sabha constituency).[3]

The place has the distinction of electing K.R.Gowri Amma to the Kerala Assembly, on a record 8 occasions. During the last elections, however, she lost to a younger candidate A.M. Ariff of CPI(M). It was when Gowri Amma was a minister, that A.K.Antony lead Congress men blocked the NH 47 at Chandiroor over the Velluthully kayal issue. That was the start of A.K. Antony's political career. He later went on to become the Chief Minister of Kerala and then the defense Minister of India. Smt. Gowri Amma was the agriculture minister in his Cabinet.

The panchayats that come under the Aroor Assembly constituency are Aroor, Ezhupunna, Kodamthuruth, Kuthiathode, Thuravoor, Arookutty, Panavally, Thaikkattuserry, Perumpalam and Pallippuram.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Website of St. Augustune's Church
  3. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008. 

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1162 news items

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:10:34 -0700

Thuravoor and Aroor grama panchayats in the district are among the local government bodies selected by the Union government to implement the 'jal gram' scheme. The programme is intended to protect water resources and ensure 55 litres of waters to every ...

IANS

Times of India
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:37:30 -0700

The Mangalore-Bangalore combo of Arjun Rao Aroor-Sathish Rajagopal (second Overall in Nashik, 28 points) in their Volkswagen Polo R2 and the other Mahindra Adventure entries of Amittrajit Ghosh-Ashwin Naik and Sunny Sidhu-PVS Murthy are also to ...
 
The Hindu
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:11:15 -0700

A seafood park set up at Aroor, near Cherthala, has limited facilities. The 4-acre project has 10 units. Though there have been demands from exporters, there is not much scope for expansion, according to officials. The total estimated investment in the ...
 
Business Standard
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:07:30 -0700

Also seen in action will be the Mangalore-Bangalore combo of Arjun Rao Aroor Satish Rajagopal in the volkswagen PoloR2 and the Mahindra Adventure entries of Amitrajit Ghosh-Ashwin Naik and Sanni Siddhu-PVS Murthy, he said. Read more on:.

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 04 Apr 2015 17:09:56 -0700

Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju launched the work on a wayside amenity centre at Kuttiathode, near Aroor, on Saturday. The project is the first to be undertaken by the Ashwas Public Amenities Kerala Limited (APAKL), a public limited company ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:08:52 -0700

The declaration of SSLC results was a momentous moment for the Government High School in Aroor. The 140-year-old school has defied several odds to secure cent per cent pass for the first time in recent history. Similar to several government-run schools ...
 
MENAFN.COM
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:22:30 -0700

According to CBI, the PoE permitted recruitments by Pan Asia in the name of Aroor-based Trust International Overseas Manpower after the expiry of its licence. The Indian Government said the recruitment of Indian nurses will be done only through the ...
 
Times of India
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:45:00 -0800

KOCHI: All vehicles taking the Aroor bridge on the national highway stretch between Edappally and Aroor should factor an additional hour or more of commute for the next month. Not only has the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) closed down the ...
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