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|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||KL-32 or KL-04|
Andhakaranazhy ( Andhakaranazhi ) 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.
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 was thrown open to public during Onam but restricted now. This place is also one of the popular locations for Malayalam film shoots.St.Francis Xavier's Church is the major Christian Church in this area and which is one of the oldest church in Alappuzha diocese. The parish conducted famous "Abhishekagni" convention by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil in its Centenary year of 2013 and again in 2014 . 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.
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.
Distance to Andhakaranazhy
|New Delhi||2569||40 hours|
|Thiruvananthapuram||187||3 hours 45 minutes|
Telephone code 0478
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- St. Antony's Church
- Christhuraja Sannidhaanam
- Manakkodam Sree Mahadevi Khandakarna Temple
- Shanmughadoyapuram Temple
- Chellappuram Sri Khandakarna temple
Andhakaranazhy Post Office
Pattanakkad Service Co-operative Bank 1144
- B.B.M L.P School
- L.F.M.L.P School pattom