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|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||+ 91 - 474|
|Vehicle registration||KL-24 (Kottarakkara RTO)|
Puthur is a minor town located 26 kilometers (16 mi) from Kollam City in Kollam District, Kerala, India. It is one of the biggest trading centres of South India. Puthur town is the main shopping hub for a number of satellite areas in and around.
Politically it was a Congress stronghold, and there were occasions when Communist groups won elections as well. But nowadays, Communist party is the strongest here as there is a wide spread presence of youth and student wings of Communist party . Strong presence of Communist and left leaning people has helped the leftist parties to gain and win local body elections and legislative assembly elections.
The name Puthur is derived from Puthu (new) and Ur (place) which means the 'new village'. There are several villages across Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu which are named Puthur and its alternative forms like Pudur, Puthur, Puttur, Puthur etc.
The closest major geographical feature is the Kallada river, which is considered as one of the 44 major rivers of Kerala. The river is facing problems due to sand mining. The brick industries used to extract the wetland soil for brick making which has converted the paddy fields into deep waterbodies. The filling of paddy fields and wetlands by soil and converting them into real estate is affecting the ecology of the region.
As Kollam is known for cashew industries, Puthur as a small town 28 km away from Kollam port is also influenced by this industry from the last seven to eight decades. Though history of this town goes beyond 500 years, cashew and brick industries constitutes the major Industries of the town. Puthur has a good number of cashew factories which processes cashew nut and exporting to foreign countries. Women contributes the major chunk of the labour force of the Cashew factories. Puthur also has many brick factories mainly located in Cherupoika.The brick factories employ a large number of male workers including migrant labourers. Now it is also famous for buying cycles.
Paddy,tuber crops and coconut, has given way to monocultivation of natural rubber, making it perhaps the most visible feature of the flora of the village. The steep decline in the price of natural rubber is bound to have strong repercussions to the economy of the village
The permanent residents of Puthur were entirely Malayalam speaking natives. The recent trend of in migration of labour from other Indian states like West Bengal, Orissa and Bihar have resulted in the presence of the speakers of other languages in the city.
There are tourist attractions in Puthur such as the old shrines including Ullirippil Kavu, Kaniyapoyka Temple, the Mylamkulam Rock, Thazhum, Njankadavu, and Attuvassey.