Adoor central junction
|• Municipal chairperson||Shyni Jose|
|• Total||25.5 km2 (9.8 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)|
|• Official||Malayalam language, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||KL-26 (Adoor Sub RTO)|
|Sex ratio||1145 ♂/♀|
Adoor (Malayalam: അടൂർ), sometimes spelled Adur is a major municipal town in the Pathanamthitta district in Kerala State. Adoor is the one of the Revenue Divisions of the Pathanamthitta District. Adoor was previously in the Kollam District.The municipality is located between the major cities of Trivandrum and Kochi in south Kerala.
Adoor is located in the eastern end of the Pathanamthitta district and also in the centre of South Kerala. The rivers of Achenkovil and Kallada pass through Adoor, with landlocked irrigating streams. Chengannur is located to the west of Adoor, with Kottarakara to the east, Punalur to the south and to the north Kayamkulam.
Adoor is part of the Pathanamthitta District and is a major town in Central Travancore. Geographically it is situated between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. Before the formation of the Pathanamthitta district in 1982, Adoor was in the Kollam district. Adoor's Assembly Constituency is a part of the newly formed Pathanamthitta Loksabha Constituency. Later it was in Adoor loksabha constituency itself.
Adoor was a Panchayat government body before the 1990s. It was changed into a municipality at the same time as Tiruvalla was made a municipality. It is a holy town, well known throughout Kerala for a number of places of interest. Adoor is a cultural capital of central Kerala.
Hindus are the majority in Adoor while Christians make up a significant proportion of the population, with smaller number of Muslims. There are several places of worship here demopnstrating the depth of religious acticivty. People belonging to all faiths enjoy religious harmony and mutual cooperation exists between them.
Adoor is famous for its contribution to arts and culture, as well as for being the birthplace of well-known personalities including Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Adoor Bhasi, Adoor Bhavani, Adoor Pankajam, Adoor Govindankutty, Chandralekha, Adoor Prakash, Pazhakulam Madhu, Anil H.H.
Well known events in Adoor include Ecumenical Conventions of Christian churches, and Ezhamkulam Thookkam in Ezhamkulam Devi Temple, Gajamela at Sree Parthasarathy Temple, Thrichengamagalem mahadevar Temple Ulsavam, Kodumon Chilanthy Temple.
Mannadi, situated in Adoor, is where Velu Thampi Dalawa, the renowned freedom fighter and diwan of Travancore Princely State, spent his last days. A historical museum, a statue of Veluthampi Dalawa and an open-air theatre are the major attractions here. The annual temple festival is held from February to March.
As of 2014[update] Kerala census, Adoor had a population of 60,558 people, including NRIs. Nearly 90% of population resides in the suburb regions and only 10% resides in the urban area. Literacy of Adoor is 96.31% in which 97% of men are literate and 94% for women. More than half of the total population is filled by Hindus and Christians and also other scheduled castes.
Adoor is one of the rainiest places in Kerala. The summer season and rainy season occurs from April to July. The month of July receives significant amount of rainfall about 1,418 millimetres (55.8 inches). Humidity increases in the months of April and June. The winter season normally starts from October to January. Slight Mist and fog is experienced here. Moderate temperatures occur from February and March.
|Climate data for Adoor, Kerala|
|Average high °C (°F)||31.2
|Average low °C (°F)||21.0
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||1
Adoor is one of the biggest producers of coconut, bananas and tapioca. Here mousambi is grown, including red coconuts and red bananas. The soil in Adoor is good for cultivation and is from the minerals given by the rivers achenkovil and kallada. A lot of paan trees are grown here
Adoor being the centre of Kerala has good highways and roads for the pleasure of travel and for the shipment of goods. Adoor has the Mc road passing through it till Trivandrum and the National Highway 183A passing through Adoor connecting Pathanamthitta and other major places. The Mc road in Adoor-Pandalam route is a wide laned road and is very good for travelling smoothly. A bypass of MC-Road has been built in Adoor.The Bypass starts from Nellimutilpaddi in Adoor and ends at Karuvatta in Adoor, nearly the end of Adoor. The Kayamkulam-Punalur road also passes through Adoor making it the centre of Kayamkulam and Punalur. KP Road connects Adoor to other important towns like Pathanapuram and Charummood. People mostly use MC-Road in Adoor for travelling to Trivandrum other than using National Highway 47 to avoid traffic-jams and heat of the coastal areas touching the National Highway 47. The MC-Road gives pleasure and safety to travellers with no traffic-jams so people mostly take the Adoor-Trivandrum route for travelling to Trivandrum. The National Highway 183 which is a upgraded part of MC Road passes through Adoor and ends at Kottarakara Junction.
The nearest railway stations are at Kayamkulam Junction railway station and Chengannur Railway Station. A railway station was implemented to come in Adoor but this plan was shifted to Mavelikkara. Now ideas are being put up for bringing a major junction railway station to Adoor very soon.The proposed railway station will be having railway flyovers and nearly 8 tracks with lines Kayamkulam-Punalur via Adoor, Chengannur-Thiruvananthapuram via Adoor.
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