Kayamkulam, a small village on the western coast of India in the state of Kerala was earlier an ancient maritime trading centre. Laundered by the waters of the Arabian Sea, Kayamkulam is almost at the equal distance from Alleppey and Quilon, both of which connecting the backwaters of Kerala. This place has one of the largest thermal power plants in Kerala which is known as The Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant run by NTPC. Not only this, there are plenty of old cashew factories in the locality too. It's a must visit place closely linked with the myth of Kayamkulam Kochunni, who was a well-known highwayman in Central Thiruvithamkoor during 1th century. It is said that he has stolen from the rich and given to the poor like Robin Hood.
Realm of Kayamkulam
Kayamkulam was a medieval feudal kingdom popular as odanadu. This place was reined by the Kayamkulam Rajas, with their royal palaces at Eruva and Krishnapuram. It is believed that Maharaja Marthanda Varma (1706-58) defeated Kayamkulam and took over its territories to Travancore. It is believed that the realm of Kayamkulam had a huge army led by 'Yeruvayil Achutha warrior'- a valiant commander and so the huge army of Travancore tried three times before they won in capturing Kayamkulam.
Kayamkulam- What to see?
While being in Kayamkulam, one must explore The Krishnapuram Palace which was built in the 18th century and later on converted into a museum. Built in antique Kerala-style architecture, it features the largest mural paintings in Kerala and also has the popular Kayamkulam double-edged sword.
Kayamkulam Lake is also a part of the Kerala backwaters and the Kayamkulam Boat race is conducted here on the fourth Saturday of August every year.
Kayamkulam Weather and Climate
The climate of Kayamkulam remains pleasant throughout the year. Monsoon season starts from June/July and continues till October/November. The best time visit here is from August to March.