|Founded by||Chera dynasty|
|Named for||Chera dynasty|
|• Body||Gram panchayat|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kollam|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Punalur|
Nearby villages include Poikayil, Ayanikode, Neelammal, Venchempu, and Mathra, where the Panchayath administrative office is located.
Karavaloor can also be written as Karavalur. The name is derived from the legend of Shri Peedika Bhagavathy, the Goddess of Karavaloor, who appeared to the village with a Karaval ( കരവാള്, Sword in Dravidian Etymology) after she was called for their protection. The suffix Uru is Proto-Dravidian for "village".
The 2008 census recorded a population of 23,709 with 11,334 male and 12,376 female.
Karavaloor features the Karavaloor Peedika Bhagavathy Goddess Temple, where Bhadrakali is the presiding deity. The annual festival of this temple is known for its processions.
Active temples include Padinjattinkara Shiva Temple, Paanayam Shiva Temple, Mathra Shiva Temple, and Murikolilkavu Parvathy Temple. They are worship sites, along with almost a dozen sacred groves that denote nature.
Churches are present, such as Karavaloor Bethel Marthoma Church (attracting more than 500 families), Kereeth Marthoma Church, St. Benedict Malankara Syrian Catholic Church, St. George Orthodox Church and Nithya Sahaya Matha Church.
Key aspects of the local economy are rubber harvesting, banking, and remittances from migrant workers.
The village has two secondary schools, Karavaloor (AMMHS, established under the patronage of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church), and Venchempu higher secondary school (NGPMHS). Neelammal is a government-run school for lower primary students. Private schools include the Oxford Central school and Carmel Central School.
Karavaloor is part of the Punalur constituency and is home to many state ministers and leaders.
P.C Baby was the first Panchayath president. The village is governed by an LDF majority committee. Sri V Rajan(CPI) is the Panchayath President.
- Punalur KSRTC Bus Station (5 km)
- Kollam KSRTC Bus Station(Quilon) (40 km)
- Punalur Railway Station (6 km)
- Kollam Railway Station (38 km)
- Trivandrum International Airport (75 km)
- "Census of India : Villages with population 5000 & above". Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
- "HISTORY OF KERALA: Chera Dynasty". historygvdevkerala.blogspot.ae. Retrieved 25 March 2016.