|The legend about the origin
of the name 'Chavakkad' goes like this: Consequent on the arrival of Saint
Thomas to this place and the later happenings, a lot of people who were
enraged quitted the place, cursing it. Thus the place was named 'Sapakkad',
which means 'the cursed forest'. Later this place came to be called 'Chavakkad'.
Some others believe that the name 'Chavakkad ' came from cheval trees (the
wild jungle, artocarpus hirsuta), which were in plenty there.
The Chakakkad Educational District has some very famous religious centres.
It is a place where the people live in fraternity and harmony. As if to
emphasize the tolerance and love of the people, the Education District has
the world-famous Guruvayoor Temple, the ancient Church of Palayoor, reputed
to be founded by St. Thomas, an Apostle of Jesus, and also the unique Manathala
Mosque, with its ‘Chandanakkudam Nercha’.
It is a matter of great pride for the Educational District to have the prestigious
Kerala Kalamandalam founded by one of the greatest poets of Kerala, Vallathol