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Kaniyapuram
കണിയാപുരം
Town
Kaniyapuram is located in Kerala
Kaniyapuram
Kaniyapuram
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°35′15″N 76°51′24″E / 8.58750°N 76.85667°E / 8.58750; 76.85667Coordinates: 8°35′15″N 76°51′24″E / 8.58750°N 76.85667°E / 8.58750; 76.85667
Country  India
State Kerala
District Thiruvananthapuram
Population
 • Total 41,250
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 695301[1]
Telephone code 0471
Vehicle registration KL- 22
Lok Sabha constituency Trivandrum

Kaniyapuram is a small town in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram city around 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The main centre of Kaniyapuram area is located in NH-47 in between Kazhakkoottam and Pallippuram CRPF Base. The Kaniyapuram locality (Kaniyapuram pradesam) is a vast area and expands to; Andoorkonam in the East, Parvathy Puthanar in the West, Vetturoad in the South and Pallippuram (CRPF Base) in the North. The Kaniyapuram town belongs to the Andoorkonam Panchayat, although Andoorkonam still remains a village 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the east.The main town in Kaniyapuram is Alummoodu junction.

Kaniyapuram is one of the fastest developing town in Trivandrum district.The upcoming Technocity on the left side and technopark on the right both of which are 2 km from the town.

The National Highway (NH47) passes through Kaniyapuram junction dividing the town into two. The main features of Kaniyapuram are the Bus Stand in the National Highway and Railway Station, which are situated very close to each other. There is no other place in between Trivandrum and Quilon towns with this feature. The KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) bus depot has about 40 buses, originating and terminating from/in Kaniyapuram.This is the only depot which has no fare stage for Fast passenger and Super fast buses. Unfortunately, only a few trains stop at the Kaniyapuram Railway station though efforts are being undertaken to establish stops for some express trains.

Proximity to government establishments, business places, educational institutions such as Technopark, Power Grid, CRPF Base, KINFRA Park, LNCPE, University Campus, Marian Engineering College, St. Xavier's College, Teacher's Education College and numerous schools etc. has also put Kaniyapuram on the state maps. At present Kaniyapuram area is one of the most developing areas around Trivandrum city.

History[edit]

During personal discussions with yours truly and two prominent personalities of Kaniyapuram, Late Alikunju Sastry, ex-MLA and Late Advocate Izzuddin; they had stated that the name "Kaniyapuram" might have been derived from "Kaniyan Puram - the place of Kaniyans /Ganak- astrologists" or " Kaniyar Puram - the place of Kaniyars - the proponents of Kaniyar Kali , a temple art form" or "Ganika Puram (the place of Ganikas - the courtesans").[citation needed]

The Lebbas are amongst the very prominent clan of Kaniyapuram. According to documented history, the Lebbas migrated from Tamil Nadu in the early 1650s to Kerala. It is believed that they have established in Kaniyapuram as early as the 1650s and established themselves as traders in Kaniyapuram. They were successful merchants and operated almost all the business in Kaniyapuram until recent times.[2]

The Lebbas' main contribution to the Kaniyapuram society is the establishment of The Muslim High School, Kaniyapuram. The school was founded by late S Ahmed Kunju Lebba in 1947. The school had played a major role in the educational and social development of the area. Students from far away places such as Chirayinkil, Perumathura, Kazhakkoottam, Pothencode etc.

It is stated in "Insight" the Bimonthly Journal of Ambedkar Study Circle, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, that during the early 1900s Dalit Movement, "Walk to Freedom" led by the famous Dalit reformist, Ayyankali, the youngsters got out on the Kaniyapuram streets to win their basic rights; and the Kaniyapuram Dalit farmers did participate in an agrarian strike by not showing up in the paddy fields (1907).[3]

Being surrounded by coconut groves and backwaters, coir and associated industries were aplenty in the yesteryears and considered as the main occupation of Kaniyapuram residents. However, this industry is currently on doldrums and struggling for survival.

Until three decades, water transport was the main mean of goods transportation from Kaniyapuram. Coconuts and coir products were transported to Kollam and Alappuzha from Kaniyapuram, through Parvathi Puthannaar and Kadinam Lake in large covered wooden boats (kettuvallam) and were loaded from the jetties located at Kadavil, Anakkapilla and Channankara.

The water transportation through Parvathi Puthannaar which played a crucial role in the lives of many traders in Kaniyapuram came into disuse after the advent of railways and the National Highways. In 2002 the state Government undertook a dredging and widening project to revitalise the canal to attract tourists.

Accessibility[edit]

  • Kaniyapuram is 14 km towards north from Trivandrum city.
  • Trivandrum International Airport, KSRTC Bus Depot Trivandrum and Trivandrum Central Railway Station are just around 14 km from Kaniyapuram with easy road and railroad connections.
  • National Highway 47 is crisscrossed by a number of rural roads.
  • From Vetturoad one road towards east lead to Saink School-Kattayikkonam-Chanthavila, connecting to Pothencode and MC Road..
  • Another road from Vetturoad toward west connects to Chittattumukku-St.Andrews-Puthenthopu-Menamkulam-Station Kadavu etc.
  • One road from Kaniyapuram centre towards west connects to Murukkumpuzha-Chirayinkil,Masthan jn., Thekathil kada, vayalil kada,Channankara-Perumathura, Padinjattumukku-Puthenthope etc.
  • Another road from Pallippuram towards east lead to Andoorkonam, Pothencode etc.
  • Several panchayath roads connect every nook-and-corner of Kaniyapuram locality.

Schools[edit]

  • Bright Central School, Malamelparampu Kaniyapuram.
  • Muslim High School (Boys), Kaniyapuram.
  • Muslim High School (Girls), Kaniyapuram.
  • Muslim Higher Secondary School, Kaniyapuram
  • MHS English Medium School, Kaniyapuram
  • Jyothi Nilayam English Medium Higher Secondary School, St. Andrews
  • Al Uthuman English Medium Higher Secondary School, Vetturoad,Kazhakoottam.
  • Model Public School, Pallippuram
  • Central School, CRPF, Pallippuram
  • Sainik School, Vetturoad
  • St. Vincents H S School., Kaniyapuram
  • Moulana Asad Higher Secondary School (MES), Channankara
  • Government Upper Primary School (UPS), Kaniyapuram
  • Government Upper Primary English Medium School, Kaniyapuram
  • Government Lower Primary School, Karichara, Kaniyapuram
  • Government Lower Primary School, Alummoodu, Kaniyapuram
  • Government Lower Primary School, Ottuvilakam, Kaniyapuram
  • Government Lower primary school, Menamkulam
  • Government Upper primary school, St. Andrews*
  • NI SCHOOL PALLINADA

Colleges / Instituitions[edit]

  • St. Xaviers College, Thumba
  • Marian Engineering College, Menamkulam
  • Kerala University College of Teachers Education, Govt UPS Campus, Kaniyapuram
  • St. Jacob’s Training College, Menamkulam
  • Theera Jyothi Teachers Training Institute, St. Vincent HS Campus, Padinjattumukku

Islamic Instituitions[edit]

  • Samastha Kerala Women Shariath Colleg, Masthanmukku, Kaniyapuram.
  • Quadisiyya Hifzul Qur-an College, Malamelparamb, Kaniyapurm
  • Al Rashid Yatheem Khana (Orphanage), Pallippuram.
  • Nibras-ul Islam Madrasa, Palli Nada, Kaniyapuram.
  • Vadiul Uloom Arabic College, Vadayilmukku, Kaniyapuram
  • NIBRASUL ISLAM WAFI COLLEGE ,PALLINADA,KANIYAPURAM

Hospitals[edit]

  • E K Dental Clinic, Kazhakuttom, Kaniyapuram
  • Kaniyapuram Hospital, Kaniyapuram
  • Shifa Hospital, Kaniyapuram
  • A R Hospital, Kaniyapuram
  • Government Primary Health Center, Puthenthope
  • Sudarshini ayurveda Medicals, Kaniyapuram
  • Health Centre, Kaniyapuram
  • Dr. Fasil's Dental Clinic, Kaniyapuram
  • Dr. Afsal Salim's Dental Clinic, Kaniyapuram
  • Geetanjali Ayurveda Madom, Padinjattumukku, Kaniyapuram
  • Farhan Charitable Trust Hospital, Chittattumukku
  • SIMANS Hospital, Vadayil Mukku, Kaniyapuram
  • Dr.Noushad's Homeo Clinic, Near KSRTC Kaniyapuram
  • Bright Smile Dental Clinic, Near KSRTC Kaniyapuram

Government Establishments[edit]

  • KSRTC Bus Station, Kaniyapuram
  • Railway Station, Kaniyapuram
  • Kerala State Electricity Board, Kaniyapuram
  • BSNL, Kaniyapuram
  • Assistant Educational Officers Office, Kaniyapuram
  • Andoorkanam Panchayath Office, Kaniyapuram
  • Agricultural Office, Kaniyapuram
  • Pallippuram Village Office, Pallippuram
  • Kadinamkulam Panchayath Office, Kadinamkulam
  • Post Office, Kaniyapuram
  • Post Office, Chittattumukku
  • Hndustan Latex, Packing Centre, Kaniyapuram
  • Power Grid, Pallippuram
  • CRPF Base, Pallippuram

Libraries[edit]

  • Noorul Islam Grandasala, Kaniyapuram
  • YMHA Library, Padinjattumukku, Kaniyapuram
  • Republic Library, Andoorkonam

Play grounds[edit]

  • M.H.S.Ground
  • Y.M.H.A

Attractions[edit]

  • Kadinamkulam Lake
  • Kakkathuruthu, a small isle in Kadinamkulam Lake
  • Puthenthope Beach
  • Puthenthope church
  • Karichara Kadavu
  • Perumathura Muthala Pozhi

Associations[edit]

  • Karichara Residents Association
  • Gandhi Nagar Residents Associaation

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pincode Search. India Post. Retrieved on 2008-05-11.
  2. ^ Prashant More, J. B. (2004). Muslim identity, print culture, and the Dravidian factor in Tamil Nadu. Orient Longman Private Limited. p. 35. ISBN 81-250-2632-0. 
  3. ^ http://insightjnu.blogspot.com/2005/09/our-icon-ayyankali.html

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The New Indian Express
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:33:45 -0700

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thieves broke into a house near Kaniyapuram railway station early on Thursday morning and decamped with gold ornaments worth over 10 sovereigns and Rs 3,500 in cash. According to the police, the incident was reported from ...
 
The Hindu
Mon, 04 May 2015 17:11:15 -0700

In the case of Thiruvananthapuram, there are only three stations — Thampanoor, Kazhakuttam and Kaniyapuram — on the railway line which serve the route of the Light Metro as against the 19 stations proposed in first phase from Technocity near ...
 
The New Indian Express
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:33:45 -0700

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Power supply to several areas in the district will be hit on Tuesday and Wednesday owing to pre-monsoon maintenance work on power lines, the KSEB said. Supply to Kaniyapuram, Mastanmukku, Malamelpparambu, ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:11:15 -0700

Though the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operated a few buses in the morning, the utility suspended its operations after buses were stopped at Venjaramoodu, Vithura, Attingal, Kaniyapuram, and Palode by strike supporters. Private ...
 
The Hindu
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:04:53 -0700

The police said that the victim, Chandrika Devi, 69, of Kaniyapuram, had reached the temple on Monday along with her family for the temple festival and was about to leave the place when Lakshmi allegedly snatched the chain, actually her 'mangalsutra.'.
 
The New Indian Express
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:15:00 -0700

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a bizzare incident, father of a National Games silver medal winning Kho-Kho player Shruthi Raju set ablaze their house at Kaniyapuram on Wednesday. The house was partially destroyed and the certificates and medals of Shruti ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:52:30 -0800

The other is said to have been dug up and the sand used for construction activities at Kaniyapuram railway station. The lower primary and upper primary school, a government hospital and a bridge were also built with the help of residents of the ...

Indian Express

Indian Express
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:00:10 -0700

There were several hard-drinking communist leaders, like V.K. Rajan and Kaniyapuram Ramachandran, who were popular politicians. Even E.M.S. Namboodiripad could admit without qualm that he had a glass of Chinese rice wine to raise a toast to Mao ...
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