One of the important industrial centers of Kerala, Punalur is situated
45km from Kollam on the western edge of Agasthymalai Biospere Reserve.
Tourist attractions here are the suspension bridge, Punalur Paper Mill,
the ancient temples of Punalur Bharanikavu and Pattazhi Devi Temple at
Pattazhi and Matherumannu. The Paper mill, built in 1888, is a notable
landmark of Punalur. The 400ft long suspension bridge, now only of archaeological
interest, was built across the Kallada river during the year 1877. A concrete
bridge has been constructed near the suspension bridge. Commodities such
as hill produces, pineapple, pepper products, plywood, timber etc. are
exported from Punalur.