Ashtamudi Lake in the Kollam District of Kerala is the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. In Malalyalam Ashta means 'eight' and mudi means 'branch', therefore Ashtamudi lake is a lake with eight branches and can be likened to the shape of an octopus. It has the distinction of being the second largest wetland and offers livelihood to the local fishermen. The lake with the Neendakara port offers transport means for trading of cashew, coir and marine products.
Anchal is a developing town of the East Central part of Kollam.. It is situated 13 Km from Punalur and is famous for cattle market that held here on every Wednesday and Saturday. It is one of the fast developing towns of Kollam and now shopping complexes, roads, new buildings give Anchal a face of developing city.
Amrithapuri is the residence and headquarters of Matha Amrithananda Mayi, a living Goddess in Kerala. The ashram is located near Vallikavu which is 12 Km from Kayamkulam and 10 Km from Karrunagappilly. The ashram is famous for teaching spirituality and brother hood to the people from all walks of life with out any discrimination.
Alumkadavu Situated at a distance of 28 Km from Kollam the village of Alumkadavu is famous because of boat building yard. One can see Kettuvalloms (House boats) being constructed here from 8m to 5 pm except on Sundays. One can also visit coir making units and learnt the art of rope making. The place is near to Karunagappilly on NH 47 and is easily reachable by road.
Pathiramanal According to mythology, a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating the enchanting island of Pathiramanal (sands of midnight). This little island on the Backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat. It takes 1½ hours by motorboat/30 min, by speedboat from Alappuzha.
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and tributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets A boat ride in the countryside offers a close look into an engaging rustic life. Skilled-fishermen launching their cockshell boats.
Kuttanad is in Alappuzha District of Kerala State, by its natural abundance in Canals, Rivers, Paddy Fields, Back Waters etc, and geological, and geographical similarities. One of the powerful kings in the dynasty: Cheran Chenguttavan is said to have ruled his vast kingdom from Kuttanad, when it was also a famous centre of Buddhism. There is another version for its place name. The Buddhist centre Buddhanad later became Kuttanad.
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