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Chacko's first published poem was 'Munnottu' (Forward) in 1946. The poem 'Kanakaaksharangal' published in 1967 made him famous. Chemmanam was known for his satire poems inspired from social and political events/issues in India.
His 1977 poetry collection Rajapatha won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. He was honored with the lifetime achievement award for literature by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi in 2006. He won the Mahakavi Pandalam Keralavarma Award for Poetry in 2014.
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