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Anchal
Anchal (India)
Coordinates: 08°55′45″N76°55′05″E / 8.92917°N 76.91806°E / 8.92917; 76.91806 Coordinates: 08°55′45″N76°55′05″E / 8.92917°N 76.91806°E / 8.92917; 76.91806
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Kollam
Government
  BodyBlock panchayat
Area
  Total24.45 km2 (9.44 sq mi)
Elevation
45 m (148 ft)
Population
  Total33,088
Languages
  Official Malayalam Other Languages: English, Tamil, Hindi
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
691306
Telephone code0475
Vehicle registration KL-25
DistrictKollam
Civic agencyPanchayat
Climate Monsoon (Köppen)
Literacy Rate95%
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Anchal is one of the fastest developing town [1] located in the centre of Kollam district in Kerala, India.

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Etymology

There are a number of different legends about the origin of the name Anchal. One legend is that there used to be an "Anchalappis" at the site of the present range office junction, from which the name "Anchal" originates. Another legend is how five disputes evolved in the region, leading to the name of the land of five disputes, proverbs or puzzles. [2] A third legend is that the five Banyan trees or "Aal" in the region, are the origin the name Anchal, a portmanteau of Anch meaning five and Aal meaning Banyan tree. [2]

Transport

The nearest railway stations are the Punalur Railway Station and the Kollam Junction Railway Station, located respectively 14 km and 38 km away. Kollam Junction is the second largest railway station in Kerala by area and is also one of the oldest. [3] Punalur Railway Station is about 11 km from Anchal and currently connects to Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Nagarcoil, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Madurai. The nearest International Airport is Trivandrum International Airport, located 55 km from Anchal in the city of Thiruvananthapuram.[ citation needed ] It is the main international airport in the state of Kerala and offers both national and international flights. [4] Anchal is located between the National Highway 744 and the Main Central Road and Hilly highway is also passing through Anchal. Multiple bus services also run between Anchal and other places in Kerala.

Demographics

In the 2011 Census of India, Anchal had a population of 33,098 of which 15,732 are male and 17,356 are female. The literacy rate is 95%, with 96.7% of males literate and 93.49% of females literate. [1] The total employed population is 11,960. 71% of the population that are employed are male and 29% are female. [5] [ needs update ]

Notable people

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References

  1. 1 2 "Anchal Population - Kollam, Kerala". Census2011.co.in. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. 1 2 അഞ്ചല്‍ ഗ്രാമപഞ്ചായത്ത് (Anchal Grama Panchayat) » ചരിത്രം Archived 25 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine . Lsgkerala.in
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  6. Website High Court of Kerala