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Anchal is a city in the east central part of the Kollam district of Kerala, India. It has the advantage of being located strategically between NH-208 and the MC road. It is one of the "Special Grade Panchayats" of Kollam district. Historically, parts of what is today the Anchal Range Office Junction (R.O Junction), used to be a forest with unpaved roads that led to Trivandrum. College Junction, Mukkada Junction, and Market Junction are the other main junctions in Anchal. Ayoor, Kulathupuzha, Punalur, and Kottarakkara are the nearest towns. Panayamcherry situated to the north-west of Anchal used to be its cultural center in times past. Yeroor is situated 4 kilometers east of Anchal. Kalari Devi temple is situated near the city.HistoryThere are different legends about how the name Anchal came into being. 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 its name as the land of five disputes, proverbs or puzzles (അഞ്ചു തർക്കങ്ങളുടെ നാട് ): Whether Anchal Pond is really a bath or a pond? Situated 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 bandh is and what a pond is.
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