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Kayamkulam is a town and a municipality in the district of Alappuzha District of Kerala state of India. It is an ancient maritime trading center and close to the city making it Alappuzha and Kollam. The city is connected by rail and road with other cities in the region. There are two versions of how Kayamkulam got its name. Some say that Kayamkulam gets its name from the fusion of two Malayalam words - chicken (tree sap spices) and kulam (pond) while a more reliable version that Kayamkulam got its name from "Kayal" (Lake) and "kulam" (pond), as Lake kayamkulam (kayamkulam kayal) as shallow as a pool (a bit exaggerated). Kayamkulam is famous for Choir, fishing and tourism industries. The city is an important city located in the backwaters of Kerala. One of the largest power plants in Kerala, run by NTPC, is located in Kayamkulam. The climate is tropical wet, with heavy rainfall in the monsoon season.
Kayamkulam is associated with the legend of Kayamkulam Kochunni. He is famous highwayman, active in the area known as the Thiruvithamkoor, in the early 19th century. He is alleged to have stolen from the rich and give to the poor (like Robin Hood). Legends about the women he was part of the local folklore.
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