|— Town —|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Nearest city||Kollam (12 km)|
Paravur (Malayalam: പരവൂര് Paravūr) is a town and a municipality in the Kollam district of the Indian state of Kerala. The beautiful lakes and sea coast in Paravur attract visitors and foreigners. The main attraction is the interconnection of Paravur Kayal lake (part of a system of back waters) and the Arabian sea. Paravur is 21 km away from Kollam city by road while Paravur can be reached within 15 minutes (12 km) by train from Kollam city.
Paravur is located at 8.78 N 76 E. It has an average elevation of 10 metres (32 feet). Paravoor, 21 kilometres from Kollam, is a narrow skirt of land stretching in between the backwaters and the sea. The famous Varkala beach is a mere 15 kilometres drive from here. There is an elevation of 6 mtrs above sea level and extending to 16 mtrs on the inland. The international shipping transit lane is about 15 nautical miles from paravur.Paravur has a natural water depth of 3 to 6 meters within 1 nautical mile from the land. The Beach is bit steep and not shallow at coasts. Influence of Indian Ocean Gyre, the main ocean current has ripped of most of the adjacent coast land.
As of 2001[update] India census, Paravur had a population of 38,649. Males constitute 47% of the population and females 53%. Paravur has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 77%. In Paravur, 10% of the population are under 6 years of age.
Nearest Airport is Trivandrum International airport(55 km)
Paravur is connected to Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mangalore and varios towns in Kerala through Indian Railways .It is the nearest railway station to ESI Medical college Parripally.There has been a constant demand for stoppage of more trains taking into account the number of commuters using the trains to commute to Kollam and also to Trivandrum for access Educational and vocational needs.It is the only railway station in Chathannur constituency.
Train Timing towards Thiruvananthapuram 
- 16128 Guruvayur-ChennaiEgmore express - 02.24am
- 16348 Mangalore-Trivandrum express - 03.24am
- 56307 kollam-Trivandrum passenger - 07.01am
- 16630 Mangalore-Trivandrum Malabarexpress - 07.34am
- 16381 MumbaiCST-Kanyakumari Express - 08.26am
- 16341 Guruvayur-Trivandrum IntercityExpress - 08.54am
- 66304 Kollam-Nagercoil MEMU(Exp Friday) - 11.17 am
- 16526 Bangalore-Kanyakumari Express - 01.54pm
- 56304 Kollam-Nagercoil passenger - 03.46pm
- 56701 Kollam-Madurai passenger - 06.26pm
- 16301 Shornur-Trivandrum VenadExpress - 08.49pm
Train Timing towards Kollam 
- 16127 ChennaiEgmore-Guruvayur Express - 12.29am
- 16302 Trivandrum-Shornur VenadExpress-05.56am
- 56700 Madurai-kollam passenger - 08.14am
- 16382 kanyakumari-Mumbai Express - 08.55am
- 16525 kanyakumari-Bangalore Express - 01.50pm
- 56304 Nagercoil-kottayam passenger - 04.11pm
- 16342 Trivandrum-Guruvayur IntercityExpress - 06.11pm
- 56308 Trivandrum-Kollam Passenger - 07.12pm
- 16629 Trivandrum-Mangalore MalabarExpress - 07.24pm
- 66305 Nagercoil-Kollam MEMU(Exp Friday) - 08.14pm
- 16347 Trivandrum-Mangalore Express - 09.36pm
Road Network 
Paravur has a well connected road network.It is about 55KM from Thiruvananthapuram and 23 km from kollam.paravur is accessible from NH47 from both chathannoor and paripally.Varkala is about 12 km from paravur.K.S.R.T.C and private bus services connects paravur to other adjacent towns.
Main Road Destinations 
- Paravur-kottiyam-kollam-23 km
- Paravur-paripally-Madathara-47 km
- Paravur-Varkala-Kadakavoor-Chirayinkeezhu-25 km
- Paravur-kundara-kottarakkara-32 km
- Paravur-chathannoor-oyur-17 km
Paravur is well known for its festivals. The town boasts of numerous temples, mosques and a church. The Temple festivities start from January extending til the April of the year. One of the major festival is the paravur Puttingal goddess temple, where every year there is a competitive fireworks display which continues till early dawn. As this happens during the peak tourist season there is a sizable amount of foreigners who come to see the temple festivities. Festivals in most of the temples have a procession with the elephants accompanied by traditional percussion instruments and also tableaus.
Paravur has an array of backwaters and lakes surrounding the town. But with the advent of roads and others means of transport the inland waterways had been neglected. But renewed efforts are underway to start linking the waterways to an ambitious inland waterways system being sponsored by the state government on the lines of what had once existed. One could easily view them on the way towards Pozhikkara and towards Kappil. The lake meets the sea and in between a small stretch of road which divides them can be viewed on way.
The panoramic views are breath taking if you opt for a birds eye view, not from the sky but from the mountain terraces situated north and east of the place.
Food and culture 
The town like most other towns in kerala offers local cuisine as well as ones adapted for the tourists as well. There are a dozen local varieties of veggies and fruits found on the rural parts of the village. The village culture is still based on agriculture, fishing and animal farms. There are only a few orchards left these days for you might find some delicious fruits in there. Paddy cultivation has been on the decline due to the rapid urbanization as compared to the 1970s. Fishing is an important part of living for the beach dwellers.
There are a few industries for coir manufacturing. The Husk of coconut is processed and made to fibers and used as the main raw material for coir manufacturing. There are less than a dozen manufacturing units still in Paravur.
More industries such as detergents and food processing plants operate on a small scale basis in Paravur.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Paravur
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.