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About Vatakara

Vatakara, also spelled Vadakara (formerly Badagara), French: Bargaret, is a coastal town in the Kozhikode district in the state of Kerala, India. Vatakara is located between Thalassery and Koyilandy. The municipality of Vadakara covers an area of 23.33 km2 and is bordered by Mahé to the north and Payyoli to the south. It is the headquarters of Vatakara taluk, which consists of 22 panchayats. During the reign of the Kolathiris and Zamorins, Vatakara was known as Kadathanadu. During the British Raj, it was part of the North Malabar region of Malabar District in the state of Madras. The historic Lokanarkavu temple, made famous by the Vadakkan Pattukal (ballads of North Malabar), is situated in Vatakara.

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