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Anchal is a town located in the centre of the Kollam district of Kerala, India. It is located between the National Highway 744 and the Main Central Road. The nearest Town to Anchal is Punalur. Anchal is the second largest fast developing town in Kerala state. The Town is also close to Kadakkal, an agricultural village known for its spice production and the site of the Kadakkal Devi Temple. Trivandrum formerly known as Thiruvananthapuram is 62 km away from Anchal.Kollam{Quilone} the district head quarters is 36km away from the Town...Its in the Punalur RDO & The edu hub of Punalur Education District.EtymologyThere are a number of different legends about the origin of the name Anchal. One legend speaks of how there used to be an "Anchalappis (അഞ്ചലാപ്പീസ്)" at the site of the present range office junction from which the name "Anchal" originates. Another speaks of how five famous disputes evolved in the region, eventually giving it the name of the land of five disputes, proverbs or puzzles. (അഞ്ചു തർക്കങ്ങളുടെ നാട് ) These five disputes are as follows:Anchal pondSituated at Aeram, between the Anchal – Thadicadu road, the Anchal pond is constructed like a pool with a shape that loosely resembles a rectangle. However, it is connected to a water channel—more specifically, a natural stream. Its shape cannot be considered a perfect rectangle either with it having rounded edges at sides reminiscent of a bath. This has caused confusion in its definition, much like the famous heap paradox where the problem arises due to the inexactness of definitions involved in what a bath is and what a pond is.
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