The Guruvayoor Sathyagraha led by Sri. A.K.G. and Sri. Kelappaji for securing Temple entry right for the backward classes was actively supported by the people of Chavakkad.
Seafood and Beedi Industries are notable in the fields of industry in this area. The western border of this Municipality is Arabian Sea. Fishermen engaged in fishing and marketing form and integral part of Chavakkad. During British rule there was a factory here for extracting oil from fish. This is an apt place for industries related to fishing and fish marketing. There are many families here who survive on Beedi Industry
T hough the chief crop in this area is coconut, no industry related to it has got rooted yet. Once Coir industry flourished here, and there was even a Coir Society in Palayur. But now, it is quite inactive. Toddy tapping was one of the occupations here. They even had a Society, which is inactive now. But copra processing and oil industry still prevail here. Numerous
Industries related to coconut cultivation like coir industry, oil manufacturing, Furniture making, Handi-crafts, cattle feed, cool drinks made from coconut water and the like have immense scope here. Chavakkad was famous for its firework industry.
There was a distillery here during the British rule for manufacturing brandy from cashew. Even though the distillery has stopped
functioning now, a canal even today is known by the name distillery canal.
The pathway constructed by Tippu Sultan during his invasion is the NH-17 Tippu Sultan road today. This road that stretches from Ponnani to Kodungallur via Chavakkad had contributed much to the development of these areas. The town of Chvakkad is connected to the Tippu Sultan road by two bridges across Canoli Canal.
The Bazal Missionaries who reached Kerala in the 19th century have contributed much to our progress in the field of education.
They established schools in different part of our state, including Chavakkad where they started two schools namely M.R.R.M High School and Kannakkott School. These
Schools might have been established in 1890 when a branch of the mission functioned in Chavakkad.
Martial arts were taught in older times under the "Punnathur Swarupam in Chavakkad, Palayur, Mammiyur and Muthuvatoor, the 'Kalaris'. Though those 'Kalaris' do not exist today, the rich tradition is still maintained in Chavakkad by Sri Narayana Guru Memorial
Vallabhatta Kalari Sangh" started and trained by Sri. Mudavangat Sankunni Panikker in 1956. This Kalari Sangh has gained fare not only in Kerala but also abroad. Foreigners reach this Kalari even today seeking training.
Taluk Head Quarters Hospital, Chavakkad was started as a local fund dispensary in this municipality in the year 1924, under Malabar District Board.
The early trade unions here were the Chavakkad Farka Beedi Workers Union and Muslim Labour Union, established in the year 1943. Later these unions were the source of inspiration for the labour movements in this area. Today almost all the known trade unions are functioning here.
Chavakkad has much to
say in the reader of art, sports and cultural activities. The Jai Hind Library and Reading room in Manathala. Which has a Government grand is the oldest of the sort in Chavakkad. The Sports Club established some 25 yrs age, conducts international tournament every year to date.
Many from Chavakkad working in gulf countries, have raised the standard of living of the people of this area.
The foreign money brought in by them for the last three decades, is unfortunately not properly utilized for the betterment of our country at large. It is high time that some measures are taken to make up the loss.
The Chavakkad union panchayath,which has established in 1918 became a municipality in 1978. Mr. P.Rajagopalapanicker was the special officer until tha first municipal council come in to being in 1-1-1980.