Kayamkulam (Malayalam: കായംകുളം; formerly anglicised Kalliquilon) is a town on the Arabian Sea in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, Indian state. Located on the western coast of India, it was an ancient maritime trading centre. One of the largest thermal power plants in Kerala, the Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant run by the NTPC, is situated in Kayamkulam. Krishnapuram Palace is located nearby. Many old cashew factories can also be seen in the locality. Kayamkulam is closely associated with the legend of Kayamkulam Kochunni. He was a famed highwayman, active in the area known as Central Thiruvithamkoor, in the early part of the 19th century. He is said to have stolen from the rich and given to the poor (like Robin Hood). Legends about his exploits are part of the local folklore. Wikipedia
Kayamkulam in India offers a unique experience to travellers. The nearest major city to Kayamkulam is Kollam. Attractions in Kollam include Kollam Beach, Munroe Island, Tangasseri Lighthouse. Also, to reach Kayamkulam, you'll have to take a flight to Kollam; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Tour packages of Kayamkulam are of 1 to 2 days duration.
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