: Malayalam & English
Best time to visit : Throughout the year
STD code : 0479
Kayamkulam is a small village on the western coast
of India in the state of Kerala. Washed by the waters
of the Arabian Sea, the place is almost equidistant
from Alleppey and Quilon, both of which connect the
Kerala backwaters. The place is connected by rail and
road with other cities in the region as well as other
parts of the country.
The climate of Kayamkulam is pleasant throughout
the year. The rainy season starts from June/July and
continues till October/November. The temperature never
goes too high or low throughout the year.
Kayamkulam got its name from the blending of two
words: kayam (sap of a spice tree) and kulam (a pond).
Kayamkulam was a part of erstwhile Travancore state
for a long time and was a prominent center of art and
architecture. Many temples and palaces were built during
The famous temple dedicated to goddess Bhagavathy
is about 5 km from Kayamkulam. Situated amidst vast
paddy fields, it houses a huge traditional lamp made
of granite and accommodating a thousand wicks, which
are lit everyday.
18th-century Krishnapuram Palace built during the reign
of the Travancore monarch Martand Varma is a double-storied
structure that displays typical characteristics of Kerala
architecturegabled roofs, dormer windows, and
narrow corridors. It houses one of the largest mural
paintings in Kerala called the Gajendra Moksham. It
measures 14 feet by 11 feet and is at the western end
of the ground floor, a walking distance from the Palace
Pool. There is also a museum of antique sculptures,
paintings, and bronzes inside the palace.
Temple is the only idol-less temple in whole of Kerala.
It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated under the gigantic
Ficus tree still there. These trees are the points of
worship in this temple apart from the Naga (cobra) idols
nearby. One of the many rituals that this place has
is the worship of bulls. They are decorated and can
be seen in the premises of the temple in the abundance.
is also famous for its backwaters and the lake. The
wide opening of the lake into the Arabian Sea offers
spectacular sunset view through the web of Chinese fishing
nets to the tourists cruising in the houseboats.
are some health resorts in Kayamkulam that specialize
in Ayurvedic treatment and oil therapy.
Alappuzha, the district headquarters, is situated
some 50 km off Kayamkulam and connected with rail, road,
and boats. The place is famous for the Mullakal Temple,
its backwaters, and the annual Nehru Cup Snake Boat
or Kollam is situated around 70 km off Kayamkulam. This
place is famous for its backwaters, Ashtamudi Lake,
Ayurvedic treatment, and art and craft fair.
The one-day annual festival at Bhagavathy Temple
includes 1200-year-old rituals like Kuthiyottam and
Kettukazcha. These colorful rituals have boys dancing
in trance, colossal effigies of horses, decorated chariots
and art forms like Padayani and Kolkkali.
festival is celebrated every year at the Oachira Temple.
The best way to enjoy oneself in Kayamkulam is to
cruise on the backwaters and the Kayal Lake. One can
book houseboats at Alleppey, Trivandrum, and Quilon.
Houseboats come in different price ranges depending
on ones budget.
There are no major hotels in Kayamkulam. Some small
lodges are there, with only basic facilities for the
travelers. One can arrange for accommodation at Alleppey
or Quilon, depending on the itinerary.
Kayamkulam does not have an airport. Cochin International
Airport (85 km) is the nearest airhead from Kayamkulam.
There are flights to other destinations in India and
Middle East from this airport. Trivandrum airport is
also another option for the travelers as there are connecting
flights for Europe and North America from this place.
is linked to an extensive link of trains connecting
it to Trivandrum, Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. Not all
the express trains have their stoppage at Kayamkulam,
but all the passenger trains stop here.
is connected by a good road network to Alleppey, Quilon,
Cochin, and Thiruvananthapuram. There are buses every
three minutes for Kayamkulam from Quilon and Alappuzha.