Pathanapuram, a town in the district of Kollam, is located along the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. The town lies at a distance of about 13 km from Punalur and can be reached by road. The region was once thickly forested and was popular for its elephant population. The name of the town, when translated, means ‘the land of ten elephants’.
Best known as a trading centre, Pathanapuram thrives on several cottages and small industries such as brick making, dairying, livestock activities and bamboo weaving. The area is also known for its burgeoning rubber plantations.
Situated on the sides of the river Kallada, the place abounds in natural beauty. The town has a number of churches, temples as well as mosques and the festivals of these religious places give the town a different face.
Periyar National Park shares its border with Pathanapuram and is an important attraction of the town. Other popular attractions around the region include Vazhappara Water Falls, Suspension Bridge at Punalur, Kallada river and Anchumala Para.