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Punalur, lying along the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the district of Kollam, derives its name from two words one Tamil and one Malayalam. Tamil word 'punal' means water and Malayalam word 'ooru' means place together making Punalur the place of water. Indeed Kallada flows right through the heart of the city with the famous suspension bridge hanging over it, stretching for 400 metres across its width. Panalur is known as "Pepper Village of Kerala" and is also houses a major Paper Mill established in 1850's.
Panalur has lovely woods of pineapples, coconut and palm trees, cinnamons and other spices and has exciting adventure sports and exotic jungle experiences in the Thenmala Ecotourism Park. Panalur It was the heart of the riots against Diwan back in the days and also the centre of the Keralite industrial revolution that took strength from the establishment of the Punalur paper mills. Historical importance apart, this town is also a proper tourist attraction mainly for the British era bridge and the picturesque beauty all around.
Since the town is situated in the middle of the Western Ghats, it is also known as the lap of Western Ghats. Tourists visiting the city of Punalur also go to visit other tourist attractions such as Shenthruni Forest. The forest is perfect for hiking, mountain biking and all the other adventure sports one wants to indulge in. Some other very popular places which can be visited include Palruvi and Courtallam waterfalls and the ancient Pattazhi Devi temple.
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