Mal: ചാവക്കാട്  c(h)āvakkāṭ

‘Dead Forest’  [Chowghat]  Town,  Kerala 

From Tam/Mal: c(h)āva, ‘dead’, ‘blighted’; kāṭu, ‘forest’, ‘jungle’.

Some suggest a forest ‘curse’ but, being on a coastal land,  it is more likely to be a barren or infertile stretch of land.

St Thomas founded his first church here at Palayoor in 52 AD [originally Palur, ‘Bridgetown’ from Mal:  pāla, ‘bridge’ and ur, ‘town’].

He had come to preach at a settlement called Judankunnu [‘Jews’ Hill’] whose inhabitants were, it seems, unimpressed and  later moved on to Kodungallur, probably cursing as they went.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Kerala place names.

 

The beach at Chavakkad

The beach at Chavakkad          Chippu Abraham