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|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||04972857001 - 04972859999|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KL|
|Vehicle registration||KL- 13/58|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kannur|
Koodali and Kanhirode are two small villages on the Kannur-Mysore highway in India. Eachur and Kudukkimotta are the names given for the western part of these villages.
The western side of Koodali is called Eachur or Aichur. Eachur has a long cultural history dating back to the 10th century. Signs of a great culture are found in ancient temples like Eachur Kottam, Munderi Mahadevi Kshethram and Kuyyal mahadevasthanam. Eachur is also known as Kainatti in past years. Eachur is also a very well-known town in Kerala for its events. Festivals are celebrated every year in Eachur Kottam and Munderikkaavu. Theyyam art forms are performed during these days. Muthappan theyyam is performed in April annually in the town. As a place where communal harmony prevails, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and people from other communities live peacefully in this area. Sevens football is a major attraction in Eachur. Until recently,[when?] Sevens football tournaments were held in the Paathirikkad ground in the town. Eachur's own football club 'Eachur Sporting', has won a lot of tournaments held in the state. State level volleyball tournaments are held annually at Kacheripparamba.
Maniyoor is a small village near Koodali. The population is 11,749 .
The main festival in Koodali is Thazathe Veettil (part of Koodali Thazhathe Tharavaad) Uthsavam (Teyyam, as it is called). There are many kavues and temples in Koodali, such as Sree Puthiya Madham, Muchilottu Bhagavathi Kshethram, Cherukottaram, Koodali Kavu, Thattiyodu Sree Mahavishnu Kshethram, Chonnamma Kottam, Koodali Ganapathy Kshethram, and Poovathur Ambalam. Muslims attend the Koodali Juma Masjid. Hinduism and Islam are the most practiced religions in Koodali, with Christianity also practiced by some residents.
Koodali was also the home of a Koodali Amma, a religious leader whose ashram is still intact.
Eachur is a town that has a flourishing economy. Most of the people are engaged in entrepreneurship. There are many well-known shops and malls in Eachur. In the last 10–15 years, Eachur has also gained in tourism, attracting nearly 9000 tourists a month.
Koodali Thazath Veedu is an old feudal family and the source of feudal stories in the region.
A historical overview of the family from the pre-British days is available in "Koodali Grantavari," edited by K.K.N. Kurup and published by the Department of History, University of Calicut.
Among the members of the family are KT Kunhikammaran Nambiar, a member of the Madras Legislative Council and KT Kunhiraman Nambiar, volunteer of Indian National Congress and participant in Salt Satyagraha in Malabar, and later president of Kerala's Pradesh Congress Committee, and member of the undivided Communist Party of India.
Koodali's residents participate in cricket, football, swimming and other sports. Local sports clubs include:
Koodali is near Kannur airport (pilot project), located some 15 kilometres (9 mi) away on Mattannur road. Koodali is fifteen kilometers from the Kannur bus stand and railway station. Koodali can be reached from Kannur bus stand either by Irikkur or by Iritty bus. Anjarakkandy Medical Institute can be accessed from Koodali by travelling a distance of nearly 8 km through Chakkarakkal. The national highway passes through Kannur town. Goa and Mumbai can be accessed on the northern side and Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram can be accessed on the southern side. Taliparamba has a good bus station and buses are easily available to all parts of Kannur district. The road to the east of Iritty connects to Mysore and Bangalore. But buses to these cities are available only from Kannur, 22 km to the south. The nearest railway stations are Kannapuram and Kannur on Mangalore-Palakkad line. Trains are available to almost all parts of India subject to advance booking over the internet. There are airports at Kannur, Mangalore and Calicut. All of them are small international airports with direct flights available only to Middle Eastern countries.