Maradu is a village in the district of Ernakulam in Kerala. This region is quite popular for shopping and Kochi Metro also passes through Maradu. The region was governed by Mangayil family who were quasi chieftains of this region. The Mangayil family also maintained a jailhouse. Mangayil family enjoyed hereditary power over this region which was ceded by Cochin royals during pre-independence.
Geography of Maradu
Maradu is situated at 9.89o N 76.38o E. The area is made up of swamps and the same is reclaimed for the construction of hotels and highways. In future, it is expected that Maradu might be amalgamated with Cochin to meet the expansion of the city.
Climate of Maradu
Maradu also experiences tropical climate and summers receive a significant rainfall and winters receive less rainfall. Koppen and Geiger have classified the climate of Maradu as Aw with March being the hottest month and August being the coldest month. The annual average temperature of Maradu is 27.0oC and the annual average rainfall is 1206 mm.
Administration of Maradu
Maradu is governed by a Municipality.
Business and Economy in Maradu
Maradu is a famous shopping area which consists of places like Sithara Tower, Abad Nucleus Mall, Appolo Hospitals, Sobha Developers and High Tech City Bay. Apart from these, five star hotels like Le Meridian and Crown Plaza which have international convention centre and a super specialty hospital called Lakeshore is situated here. Lakeshore hospital is also famous for its heli-ambulance. It also houses several popular car showrooms like AUDI, Mercedes Benz, Harley-Davidson, Volvo, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Porsche, Chevrolet, Mitsubishi and JLR.
Tourism in Maradu
Maradu serves as base for other major tourists’ attraction of the Kerala state. Let’s see them here.
Kochi (or Cochin)
It is a port city and also gateway of Kerala on Western Ghats. It is ranked by World travel and tourism council as top three tourist destination of the world. It also featured as one of the fifty greatest places to travel to by National Geographic Special. Cochin was also a prominent trade zone. Some of the tourists attractions of Cochin are back waters, Mattancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Paliam Palace, Jewish Synagogue, etc.
This is a major pilgrim destination for Hindus as it was the birthplace of Adi Shankarar. The town is situated on the banks of Periyar River. Some of the attractions of the town are Kallil Devi Temple, Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram, Keerthisthambam, Shringeri Mutt Complex, etc.
It is a coastal town situated in the district of Alappuzha. The town has become a major tourists’ destination due to its pristine beaches, picturesque landscapes, golden sands, historical forts, famous temples, holy churches, luscious sea foods, etc. The tourists can indulge in water sports like skiing, para sailing, surfing, beach volleyball, etc. The Marari beach is a famous tourist attraction and it has several beach side restaurants as well as resorts where the tourists can enjoy delicious sea foods. Mararikulam is also famous for the Shiva Temple.
It is a major tourists’ destination which is ideal for nature lovers. Kumarakom is famous for its backwaters, lush vegetation, tea plantations, pleasant climate, etc. The tourists can indulge in fishing, boat cruises, water sports, boat journey, etc. Kumarakom is also famous for its bird sanctuary and a paradise for bird watchers.
This beautiful hill station is situated at an elevation of 3500 ft in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. It is an ideal place to get away from city’s cacophony and is full of pleasant atmosphere and lush green forests. Its proximity to Kerala provides the tourists with a wide variety of south Indian as well as Kerala foods. Here, the tourists can indulge in cricket, football, flower show, food festival, folk and tribal dances. Apart from these, the tourists can also visit the Sholayar dam, Nirar dam, Aliyar dam, Azhiyar Park, Karamalai Annai Velankanni church, Chitti Vinayagar temple, etc.
How to Reach Maradu
National Highways 47, 49 and 47A passes through Maradu and is well connected with other major cities of the Kerala state. KSRTC buses and private buses operate here. The nearest railway station is Tirunettur and the major railway junction is Ernakulam which is situated at 4 Kms. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is situated some 28 Kms away from Maradu. From the railway station and airport, the tourists can take the bus or travel by taxi to reach Maradu.
Quick Facts about Maradu
Government - Municipal Office
Population as per the 2011 census- 44,704
Time zone - IST
Postal Index Number - 682 304
STD Code - 0484
Official Languages - Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English
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