Mal:കളമശ്ശേരി kaḷamaśśēri

‘Rice Settlement’      Suburb/Region (Kochi), Kerala

From Mal: kaḷama, ‘(a kind of) rice growing in deep water’; and Tam/Mal: c(h)ēri/ś(h)ēri, ‘town’, ‘village’, ‘settlement’.

This implies a rice growing region, although elephants associated  with the Thrikkakara Temple [kaḷabham, ‘(young) elephant’] are also a possibility.

The modern town is an industrial suburb of Kochi specialising in fertilisers, chemicals, machine tools and automotive servicing.

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

 

 

Kalamassery Railway Station

Kalamassery Railway Station          Indiarailinfo