Andhakaranazhy

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Andhakaranazhy
village
Azheekkal Beach.JPG
Andhakaranazhy is located in Kerala
Andhakaranazhy
Andhakaranazhy
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°42′N 76°25′E / 9.7°N 76.41°E / 9.7; 76.41Coordinates: 9°42′N 76°25′E / 9.7°N 76.41°E / 9.7; 76.41
Country  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
Languages
 • Official Malayalam
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 688531
Telephone code 0478
Vehicle registration KL-32 or KL-04

Andhakaranazhy is a coastal village located 4 km West of Pattanakkad under Pattanakkad Panchayath under Cherthala Taluk. It is famous for its beach which draws a number of domestic and international tourists.

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An azhy similar to an isthmus, is a sand sedimentation formed by the constant action of seawater where the back waters merge into the sea. Two barges having large mechanized shutters are erected near the north and south end of the azhy. These shutters,operated by Traction motors help to regulate the flow of saline water entering into the neighboring paddy fields of Thuravoor, Pattanakad, Ezhupunna, Kuthiathode panchayats connected to the back waters. Water is released into the sea by lifting these shutters to prevent flooding in these paddy fields during excessive rains. A tall and majestic light house near the azhy, stands like a signal tower guiding the seamen during night. This light house is thrown open to public during Onam. This place is also one of the popular locations for Malayalam film shoots.The Vyathara Trimurthi temple, a very rare and old temple in Kerala, dedicated to tri-gods trimurthi Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma consecrated in a single sreekovil is located in Andhakaranazhy. The Kandakarana temple is also located near the Trimurthi temple.The Subramanya temple dedicated to Lord Murugan is located near the light house.

One can reach Andhakaranazhy via the Thanky - Andhakaranazhy - Pallithode beach road or divert towards west at Padmakshi-Kavilpalli junction on NH 47 between Pattanakkad and Thuravoor. Nearest railway station is Vayalar.This place was one of the seriously affected area in the Tsunami which had hit the Kerala Coast on 26 December 2006.[1]

Smt.K. R. Gowri Amma, one of the cabinet ministers in the Kerala State's first elected government, is from this village. She was the sitting MLA from Aroor constituency for many years.

A new bridge is constructed near the southern barge across the isthmus lake. An aerial walkway is also constructed, extending up to the sea wall. Standing on the walkway a splendid panoramic view of sun set can be enjoyed. The walkway ends up to the new tourist complex. A large number of localities and passing tourists visit the beach during the weekends.

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