Punalur is one of the important industrial centers of Kerala. It is 45 kms from Kovalam on the Kovalam-Shencotta railway line and is also linked with Kovalam by road. The Suspension bridge accross the Kallada river erected in 1877,is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft long. A concrete bridge has been constructed near by and now the suspension bridge is only of archaeological interest. Punalur is the head Quarters of Pathanapuram Taluk.