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Karunagappally is situated 27 kms. north of Kollam. It is linked with Kollam by rail and road.This small coastal town has the famous Titanium Factory which uses illuminate sand as raw material. An idol of Buddha, recovered from a local tank here, is now preserved in the Krishnapuram Palace , situated north of Ochira. The town has a temple dedicated to Lord Siva, two old mosques and a Mar Thoma Church .
A small village, Kayamkulam near Karunagappally is home to the famed Krishnapuram Palace . An archealogical museum, the Palace houses the largest ever mural to be discovered in Kerala, Gajendra Moksham. Another popular centre not far off, Ambalapuzha is also known as the Land of Sree Krishna . The Sree Krishna Swami Temple dedicated to Parthasarathy is one of the highly revered pilgrimage centres of Kerala.
The village of Karumadi nearby is famous for Karumadi Kuttan, a 135 cm high black granite figure of Lord Buddha, believed to belong to the 9th or 10th century. The statue, now a protected monument, is housed in a make-believe "stupa".