About Kayamkulam

Kayamkulam is a city in Kerala. Best time to visit Kayamkulam cannot be predicted as climate here remains pleasant the whole year, so it can be visited at any time. Central Coconut Research Station (CCRS) is the institute here. It is Central Plantation Crops Research Institute at present. The Rajiv Gandhi Cycle Power Plant is also located in Kayamkulam). Kollam is the nearest city to Kayamkulam.

Backwaters in Kayamkulam

History of Kayamkulam

The name Kayamkulam is derived from two words kayam which means sap of a spice tree and kulam meaning a pond. The city for a long time was section of Travancore state and flashy centre of art and architecture. During this period of time many temples and other places were built here.

Geography of Kayamkulam

Kayamkulam is located in between Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, placed at 9o8’ N and 76o30’E (latitude and longitude). National Highway 47 passes through Kayamkulam. This district covers an area of 24.17 hectares. Soil found here is sandy having pH range of 5.0 to 6.0. Average temperature here is 25 degree Celsius and rainfall varying from 1697mm to 3285mm.

Kayamkulam Tourism

Goddess Bhagwati Temple - This temple is situated 5 km from the main city, here is a huge historic lamp which is made up of granite, it constitutes around thousands of wicks, lilting every day.

Orchida Temple - This is the temple with no idol, and is the only temple of this type in Kerala. Specialty of this temple is the Giant Ficus tree where it is believed that Lord Shiva used to meditate here. Orchida Vrishchikam is a festival celebrated here.

Backwaters and lakes - Kayamkulam is famous for its lakes, opening into Arabian Sea which gives amazing view of sunset.

Kayamkulam Specialty

Coir and other coconut products are made here at local farms; one should not miss to see how it is made. Spices and coir products are famous here. Trying local cuisines should be preferred and drinking toddy from toddy shops which are located near village. The important festival for the residents of Kayamkulam is Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani, the Bahraini festival (in kumbham month).

How to Reach Kayamkulam

Kayamkulam is 105 km away from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and 106 km from city (2:10 hour’s approx by train) and is 95 km away from Kochi Airport. Kollam is 41 km from Kayamkulam taking 30 minutes to reach here.

Quick facts

  • Time zone: IST
  • Postal index number: 690502
  • Telephone code: +91-479
  • Total population: 68,634
  • Literacy rate: 81.76%
  • Sex ratio: 944 females per 1000 males (all data are as per year 2009)

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