Pandalam

Pandalam is one among the fastest growing towns in KeralaIndia. Known far and wide for its legendary connection with Lord Ayyappa and Sabarimala, Pandalam is considered to be a holy town. It is also a renowned educational and health care center in central Travancore. Pandalam hosts a lot of educational institutions ranging from reputed schools to post graduate, training, ayurveda,[1] and engineering colleges. There are seven colleges and 23 schools at Pandalam, including N. S. S. College, Pandalam. The Kerala state government plans to make the place a special township,[2] by including the gram panchayats of Pandalam and Kulanada.[3]

The centuries old Kurunthottayam market (now known as the "Pandalam market") is one among the largest agricultural markets in central Travancore. The market was situated near the central junction and it was later shifted to a place by the Pandalam-Mavelikkara road. Kerala's widest suspension bridge is constructed at Pandalam over the Achankovil river.[4] The bridge is 70 meter long and 2.5 meter wide.[4]

There are more than 22 devotional centres at Pandalam of which the most famous are Valiyakoikkal TempleMahadeva Temple,Pattupurakkavu Bhagavathi TempleThumpamon Vadakkumnatha Temple,Kadakkadu Sree Bharakali Temple, Kadakkad Juma Masjid, Thumpamon St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, and St. Bursouma's Orthodox Church.

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