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KARUNAGAPPALLI, also written as KARUNAGAPPALLY, is a municipality in Kollam
Kollam
district of Kerala
Kerala
, India
India
. Karunagappalli is situated 27 km north of Kollam
Kollam
and 60 km south of Alappuzha . Karunagappalli taluk consist of Alappad , Ochira , Adinad , Karunagappally
Karunagappally
, Thazhava , Pavumba , Thodiyoor , Kallalibhagom , Thevalakkara
Thevalakkara
, Chavara
Chavara
, Neendakara
Neendakara
, Clappana
Clappana
, Kulasekharapuram
Kulasekharapuram
, Thekkumbhagam
Thekkumbhagam
, Ayanivelikulangara
Ayanivelikulangara
, Panmana and Vadakumthala . The Municipality
Municipality
is bound on the north by Kayamkulam , east by Kunnathur taluk, south by Kollam
Kollam
and on the west by the Arabian Sea
Arabian Sea
.It is the major town other than kollam and most developing place in the district

There is one Government Engineering College situates in Karunagappally
Karunagappally
named: College of Engineering Karunagappally
Karunagappally
also known as CEK

CONTENTS

* 1 Tourist attractions * 2 Demographics * 3 Economy * 4 Environment * 5 Transport * 6 Politics * 7 Industries * 8 References * 9 External links

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The main tourist attraction is the House boat facility in Alumkadavu which is close (only 3 km) to Karunagappally
Karunagappally
town. Sree Narayana Trophy boat race, an annual boat race is organised in the Kannety (Pallickal) River, Karunagappally, during the season of Onam
Onam
Festival . The famous Chinese fishing nets can be found on the banks of the lagoon. The Amritapuri ashram is also situated in vallikavu,which is 8 km from karunagappally. Other tourist attractions are Alumkadavu Backwater, Oachira
Oachira
temple, Pandarathuruth Church, Sheik Masjid Mosque, Padanayarkulangara Mahadeva Temple, Thazhava, Sasthamkotta
Sasthamkotta
Lake etc.

Recently, Azheekal Beach is gaining popularity as a local tourist attraction.

Azheekal beach
Azheekal beach

Azheekal Pozhi

Karunagappally
Karunagappally
was an ancient budhhist site. There was a budha bhikshu named karinagan who lived in karunagappally. He later became known as pallikkal puthran( as karunagappally is situated on the banks of pallikkal river) hence the name karunagappally.lots of traces of ancient budhhist culture were excavated from various places in and around karunagappally. A statue of karinagan was placed in front of mahadevar temple at the heart of the city . Now it has been moved to krishnapuram palace.

DEMOGRAPHICS

The 2011 India
India
census puts the population of Karunagappalli Municipality
Municipality
is 25,336. As with the rest of the state the population of the municipality is a heterogeneous mix of Hindu, Muslim and Christian community. The high literacy of Kerala
Kerala
is reflected in Karunagappalli as well with 94.23% of the population classified as literate as against the national average of 74.04%.

ECONOMY

Karungappalli used to be an agrarian economy until the late 19th century with coconut , banana , tapioca and paddy as the main crops grown. With rapid urbanization and the consequent pressure on land the reliance on agriculture has dwindled. Several cottage and small industries have now come up in the area in brick making, engineering and electronics. Proximity to Kollam
Kollam
(27 km) and the excellent road and rail infrastructure have helped in this transition.

The area also receives substantial foreign remittances from the large number of people from here working in the Gulf countries. Fishing forms the major source of livelihood for the coast dwellers.

ENVIRONMENT

Karunagappalli is known for high background radiation from thorium -containing monazite sand. In some coastal panchayats, median outdoor radiation levels are more than 4 mGy /yr and, in certain locations on the coast, it is as high as 70 mGy/yr.

TRANSPORT

Both road and rail transport are available. Main road transport is provided by State owned Kerala
Kerala
State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private transport bus operators. Karunagappally
Karunagappally
Bus Station is on National Highway 47. Buses available from Karunagappally to Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Thrissur, Kottayam, Kottarakkara, Kollam, Kodungallur, Guruvayur
Guruvayur
etc. Local services are also available to various places in the district. The station operates super fast, fast passenger and ordinary buses. KSRTC Bus stand is situated in the heart of the town. Road transport is also supported by private taxis and autorickshaws also called autos.

Karunagappalli railway station , situated in Edakkulangara falls on the Thiruvananthapuram-Ernakulam railway line and only 1.5 km from the KSRTC bus station. Buses and auto rickshaws are available from and to the railway station at all time .Mumbai(Lokamanyathilak)-Thiruvananthapuram-Lokamanyathilak Netravati Express , Kanyakumari-Bangalore- Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari
Island Express ,TVC-Hydrabad-TVC Sabari Express ,kanyakumari -mumbai-Kanyakumari Jayanthy Janatha Express ,Nagarcoil-mangalur- Nagarcoil
Nagarcoil
Ernad Express ,TVC-Mangalur-TVC Maveli Express ,TVC-Ernakulam-TVC Vanchinad Express , Nagarcoil-mangalur- Nagarcoil
Nagarcoil
Parasuram Express ,TVC-Shornur-TVC Venad Express ,TVC-Mangalur-TVC Malabar Express ,TVC-palakkad-TVC Amritha Express , Rajya Rani Express , Thiruvananthapuram-Guruvayoor-TVC Intercity Express, Kollam
Kollam
- Visakhapatnam Express ,Trivandrum-Mangalapuram-Trivandrum Express and Palaruvi Express
Palaruvi Express
are the main train connections. Station Code: KPY.

Trivandrum International Airport
Trivandrum International Airport
is the nearest airport.

POLITICS

Karunagapalli assembly constituency is part of Alappuzha Lok Sabha constituency .

INDUSTRIES

The major employers in the public sector are Indian Ra