Kundara is a census town in Kerala and is part of Kollam Metropolitan Area, India. Kundara is situated 13 km east of Kollam city, 14 km west of Kottarakkara and 24 km north of Paravur. Kundara is significant for its historic involvement in the Indian independence movement. Kundara was once the industrial hub of Southern Kerala, which was the home to prominent industrial companies including Kerala Electricals Limited, the Aluminium Industry Limited of Kundara, and the Lakshmi Starch company. Many of these companies have since failed and Kundara is attempting to revive this industrial tradition by developing Technopark Kollam.
Kundara is located on the shores of Kanjiracode Lake, a branch of Ashtamudi Lake which has one of the finest quality Green chromide (Karimeen) fish available in India. This lake recently received Marine Stewardship council recognition for sustainable fishing.
Kundara consists of four main areas, namely Elamballoor, Aasupathrimukk, Mukkada and Aarumurikkada.
Kundara has a prominent place in the history of Kerala, having gone through an independence struggle in 1809 due to the Kundara proclamation. The movement was first spearheaded by Velu Thampi Dalawa, and later by the princely state of Diwan of Travancore.
Kundara and Kundara East are the railway stations in Kundara town. In Kerala it is very rare to have more than one railway station in a town. The various town stations form the Kollam-Sengottai branch line which connects Kerala with Tamil Nadu. National Highway 744 and National Highway 183 pass through Kundara, and numerous private operators and KSRTC buses use these highways to move between Kundara and Kollam, Kayamkulam, Punalur, Tenkasi, Madurai, and Tirunelveli. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport.
There are backwaters near Kundara, and while there are no formal boat services, country boats and house boats often use the backwaters for transportation.