About 10 kilometers south of Kollam, is Mayyanad, a beautiful village famous for its temples and shrines. Mayyanad is located on the banks of the Paravur lake. The Subrahmanya Temple at Umayanallor, the most important among the other temples, has a shrine said to have been consecrated by the great Hindu philosopher Sree Adi Sankaracharya of Kaladi. The Rameshwara Temple has obvious Dravidian characteristics. The Pandyan influence in its design is unmistakable and you can see inscriptions dating between 12th and 16th centuries. Another famous temple here is the Valiyavila Madan Nada. The other temples lie scattered at different places around here. There are frequent bus services from Kollam to Mayyanad or can be reached by local train from Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. Mayyanad’s costal line along the Arabian sea is famous for its fishing. Several famous Temples, Churches and Mosques are situated in Mayyanad.
Malayalam Daily Newspaper “Kerala Kaumudi” was started from Mayyanad in 1911. Mayyanad is the birth place of several social leaders like C.Kesavan, C.V. Kunjuraman, etc. The first Panchayat President was Prof. K. Ravindran who went on to become the founder principal of Mahatma Gandhi Government Arts College in Mahe and Tagore Arts College in Pondicherry.