Situated on the banks of Pallikkal river,
the beautiful town of Karunagapally is known for its beaches and resorts. This
place is rich in natural beauty due to which many tourists all across India and
all around the world flock to this place. One of the main attractions of this
place is the boating facilities which you can find at Alumkadavu. This city has
put itself in the list of must-visit place for tourists and visitors due to its
alluring beauty and boating activity.
Karunagapally was essentially a Buddhist
site. It is said that a Buddhist named Karinagan lived here and the place,
Karunagapally is named after him. One more tourist attraction that draws
attention isKrishnapura Palace. It is a Buddhist temple that houses the idol of
lord Buddha. The idol of buddha was recovered from a local tank.
It is quite interesting that the statue
of Buddha was carved out of a rock. After its recovery, the idol was placed in
Karunagappally, but later it was relocated to Krishnapuram Palace compound. The
old name of Karunagappally was onattukara. The place also has some religious
places for people belong to different religions. You can see a temple of Lord
Shiva, two mosques, and the Mar Thoma church. The most cultivated crops in this
place are banana, coconut and paddy.
Places To Visit in Karunagappally
Azheekal is located at a
distance of 10 km from Karunagappally. The popular landmark near which it is
situated is Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Ashram. It is quite popular among Hindu
devotees who come here in large numbers every day. In the old days, Azheekal
was important due to its Azheekal port which was being used to transport water
from Kollam to Alleppey. Azheekal Beach is one of the important tourist
attractions, which is quite popular for enjoying the sunset. Apart from that,
you can find many resorts where you can spend your quality time.
Oachira is a place
situated at a distance of 8 km from Karunagappally. Oachira Temple is quite
famous,which attracts lots of devotees who come here to get a glance at Lord
Para Brahman. This temple gets crowded during the Oachirakkali festival, which
is held between June to July. Another famous crowd gathering occasion known as
PanthranduvilakkuMahotsavamis held from November to December. You can notice
small idols of Hindu god Lord Para Brahman (beyond all descriptions) and
goddess Shakti being placed around big trees.
Alumkadavu is a tourist
hotspot located at a distance of 3 km from Karunagappally in the
Kollam-Alleppey National Waterway. Green Channel Resort is another tourist
attraction. You can see all the process of household preparation, which is
indeed an interesting experience. You might not have heard or known it before
that the craftsmen use a mixture of cashew and fish oil for coating the boat.
Once the raw work of the boat is done, the thatch-roofing work is begun. In the
final step, the raw floor is furnished and converted into an apartment. The whole
process requires a period of a few months’ time and 7 to 8 craftsmen.
Sasthamkotta Lake is the
largest and the only freshwater lake in Kerala. The name of the lake has been
derived from the ancient Sastha temple situated on its bank. It has covered an
area of 375 hectares and located near Karunagappally. The interesting thing is
that this lake neither gets frozen in the winter nor gets dried up in the
summer season. This is a source of clean drinking water for millions of people
living in the vicinity.
Best Time To Visit Karunagappally
ideal time to visit Karunagapally is during the winter months of October to
February. At this time, you will get a bearable temperature around 25 degrees
Celsius with January to February being the lowest. This is the best period to
enjoy water sports and visit different places and the beach.
Tips For Visiting Karunagappally
Those who want to be in a
place away from all the hustle and bustle of city life, then this place will
provide you with the best relaxing atmosphere.
Carry all your belongings
with you all the time.
Use GPS or local guidance to
reach the place you want to go to.
How to Reach Karunagappally
you’re landed at the Thiruvananthapuram airport, you will have to cover about 73
km to reach Karunagappally. The town has a well-connected rail route to other
cities. You can also use the bus service to reach the town.
·Air:No regular flight is available to Karunagappally from other major
cities, but you can use the nearest Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
·Rail: There is a direct train service available between Karunagappally and
Kannur, and you can board on the Maveli Express to reach Karunagappally.
·Road:Direct bus service is available from Kannur to Karunagappally.