Punalur is 45 km northeast of Kollam and 75 km north of Thiruvananthapuram. Punalur Railway Station is on the Kollam-Shencotta railway line. The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram. The Main Eastern Highway (Punalur-Adoor-Muvattupuzha Road /SH-08) and Kollam-Shengottai Road (NH-208) connects the town to other major towns.
Local taxis and autorickshaws are available.
- 1 Achencoil (80 km from Punalur). An important pilgrim center. Famous for its Sastha temple with a Sastha installed several centuries before the Christian Era.
- 2 Anchal (13 km south of Punalur). Known for its cattle market.
- 3 Kunnicode (10 km west of Punalur). Famous as Muslim pilgrim center.
- 4 Jetayu Para (Jedayupara) (in the Chadayamangalam village on the M.C road). Huge rock. Legend says Jatayu, the giant bird in the epic Ramayana, fell after failing in its attempt to stop Ravana from taking sita away. Ideal place for trekking.
- 5 Palaruvi Water Falls (near Aryankavu, on the way to Sencottah along the Kallada River). One of the famous waterfall in Kerala.
- 6 Pattazhi (Pattazhy). Famous for its ancient Bhagavathy temple.
- 7 Pathanapuram (on the banks of the Kallada river, 13 km away from Punalur). An old trading center.
- 8 Suspension Bridge (across the Kallada River). Erected in 1877, is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft long.
- 9 Thenmala Ecotourism (21 km away, along Kallada River).
- Fishing at Kallada River.
Spices from the local market.
- Aaram Hotel, Kalayanadu, Plachery, ☎ . ₹750.00.