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Kayamkulam (India)
Coordinates: 9°10′19″N76°30′04″E / 9.172°N 76.501°E / 9.172; 76.501 Coordinates: 9°10′19″N76°30′04″E / 9.172°N 76.501°E / 9.172; 76.501
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
  BodyKayamkulam Municipality
  MLA U Prathiba
  Total21.79 km2 (8.41 sq mi)
 (2011) [1]
  Density3,100/km2 (8,200/sq mi)
  Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code+91-479
Vehicle registration KL-29
Nearest city Kollam (37 km), Alappuzha (47 km),Haripad(13 km),
Sex ratio 0.944 /

Kayamkulam is a town and municipality in the Onattukara region of Alappuzha district in Kerala. It is the second biggest town in Alappuzha district. It is located on the western coast of India, and was an ancient maritime trading center.Kayamkulam is part of the Karthikappally tehsil. Krishnapuram Palace is located nearby.


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Coconut plantations


Kayamkulam was a medieval feudal kingdom known as Odanad ruled by the Kayamkulam rajas. Maha Raja Marthanda Varma (1706–58) conquered Kayamkulam and annexed its territories to Travancore.

Tourist attractions

The Krishnapuram Palace, built in the 18th century, now functions as a museum. Constructed in typical Keralan-style architecture, it has the largest mural painting in Kerala. [2] The palace museum houses the Kayamkulam double-edged sword. [3]

The Kayamkulam Boat Race [4] is held on the fourth Saturday of August every year. [5] Chinese fishing nets can be found on the banks of the lagoon. Veliyaazheekal is a beach at Arattupuzha panchayat in Kayamkulam.The main attraction in this place bow string arch Bridge (biggest one of South India).


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Kayamkulam City Bus Stand


NH 66 passes through Kayamkulam, connecting it to the major cities Alappuzha, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kollam, Palakkad and Nagercoil. The Kayamkulam–Punalur road is a major road connecting it to major city's in east sengotai, Tenkasi , Thirunelveli via Pettah parts of the Tamil Nadu state. The KSRTC bus station is located near the national highway.


Kayamkulam Junction railway station is a major railway junction located 1.5 km (0.93 mi) from the town on the Kayamkulam–Punalur road.

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Kayamkulam Railway Junction


According to the 2001 Census of India, [6] Kayamkulam had a population of 65,299. Males constituted 49% of the population and females 51%. Kayamkulam had an average literacy rate of 82%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy was 84%, and female literacy is 79%. In Kayamkulam, 11% of the population was under 6 years of age.

YearMaleFemaleTotal PopulationChangeReligion (%)
HinduMuslimChristianSikhsBuddhistJainOther religions and persuasionsReligion not stated
2001 [7] 31,99733,30265,299-55.7836.267.92000.0100.03
2011 [8] 32,78435,85068,634+5.1%53.3039.077.320.010.0100.010.28

Civic administration

Kayamkulam Assembly Constituency is part of Alappuzha. [9]

Educational and research institutes

The Central Coconut Research Station (CCRS) was established in 1948 as a field station of the Agricultural Research Laboratory. Presently, it is a regional station of the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI). [10]

Onattukara Regional Agricultural Research Station , Kayamkulam is located in the Kayamkulam Municipality of Alappuzha District, one kilometer east of Kayamkulam town, on the northern side of Kayamkulam - Punalur road. The station was established in the year 1937 under the erstwhile University of Travancore. It was subsequently transferred to the Department of Agriculture in 1958 and continued to function under it till it became a part of the KAU on 07.02.72. I n April, 2000, this Station was upgraded to the status of RARS (Onattukara Region).

KPAC drama troupe

Kerala People's Arts Club (KPAC) is a theatrical movement in Kayamkulam, Kerala. It was formed in the 1950s by a group of individuals that had close ties with the leftist parties of Kerala.

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KPAC emblem

In 1951 KPAC staged its first drama, Ente Makananu Sari (transl."My Son is Right"), whose songs were written by Punaloor Balan. Its second drama Ningalenne Communistakki (transl."You Made Me a Communist") was first performed in 1952. The success of Ningalenne Communistakki brought KPAC to the forefront of a powerful people's theatre movement in Kerala. [11]

KPAC played a significant role in popularising the Communist Party in Kerala through its dramas, road shows and kathaprasangams (story telling). [12]

Power plant

The Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant is a combined cycle power plant located in Cheppad, Haripad, Alappuzha district, Kerala.

Notable people

See also

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