Kollam (Quilon) Tourism
Kollam (Quilon) is famous for
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Experience village life
The Town of Islands & Cashews
Nearest airport is Trivandrum. It is also a very prominent business/ trade district down south of Kerala.
The Islands and lakes are famous for Toddy Tapping, Prawns Farming and Coconut Farms. One could take a small canoe ride along the small canals of these islands.
Cuisine is more towards fresh water sea food and is a real delicacy here.
We stayed at The Quilon Beach Hotel & Convention Centre. Probably the Best Accommodation and it is right on the Quilon Beach. Hotel Raviz Kollam and Club Mahindra Ashtamudi Floating Resort are also great luxury stay options here.
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Kollam (Quilon) Overview
History of Kollam
The city of Kollam, also known as Quilon, is the fourth largest city of Kerala. Kollam's ancient name is Thondis and it is the headquarter of the Kollam District. It is situated 71 km from the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, and lies on the shores of Ashtamudi Lake. This popular tourist destination is the capital of erstwhile Venad and forms the southern gateway of the Kerala backwaters. The name of the city has been derived from the Sanskrit word Kollam, which means pepper. The city has been a focal trading point since the Chera Monarchy in southern Kerala and today, it is world renowned for the occupations of cashew processing and coir manufacturing. It is also a major business and commercial centre in the region of central Travancore, Kerala. The Kollam Port also known as the Thankasseri Port, which is the second largest port of Kerala is situated here. Along with this, there are also two fishing harbours present in the city, namely Neendakara and Shakthikulangara, out of which the Neendakara is one of the busiest fishing harbours of South Kerala. Kollam is a major sea trading destination since ancient times due to the presence of the Kodungallur Seaport on the Malabar Coast. It obtained its reputation of a commercial hub since the days of the Phoenicians and Ancient Rome. "Pliny the Elder" mentions that Greek ships imbedded at Muziris and Nelcynda. Along with these ports, a land route also led from the Western Ghats of the city that together with the ports was used for trading spices, pearls, diamonds and silk.
People and Culture of Kollam
Kollam is also a centre of learning and culture and has been a home to several scholars from different parts of Southern India. The famous literary works, namely, Leelathilakam and Unnuneeli Sandesam are a contribution of the literary work of Kollam of the 14th century. The Kathakali dance as well as its new version, the Ramanattam, is also the creation of Kottarakkara Thampuran that has been translated from Sanskrit to Malayalam. The famous poet and playwright K.C. Kesava Pillai also composed a musical play in Malayalam through his work Sadarma. In the present times, Kollam is linked to names of literary historians and poets like O.N.V. Kurup, Punalur Balan, and Lalithambika Antharjanam. Sree Bhagavathi Temple situated at Parippalli hosts the famous Parippalli Gajamela, which is celebrated once in a year. The ritual is a tribute to the presiding Bhadrakali Devi and is celebrated with a colourful procession.
Things To Do in Kollam
The boat rides through the backwaters of Kollam are the most popular attraction. The Ashtamudi Lake surrounds the Kollam town. Another popular attraction is the Thangassery Light House, which is 144 feet high and was built in 1902. Ananda Valleswaram Temple, Mahatma Gandhi at Kochupilamoodu, Thirumullavaram Beach and Ashramam Picnic Village are other popular places. There are numerous churches and mosques in Kollam including Pullichira Church built in 1700 AD and Chinnakkada Palli. Travelling to Kollam is easy. Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 71 km is the closest airport to Kollam. Tourists can avail taxi services to reach Kollam, which costs about Rs 7 per km. Kollam railway station is well-connected to most of the cities in the state and other cities in India. Kollam is well-connected by road with regular bus services from all major cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, Thrissur and more. There is a wide array of accommodation options in Kollam available for tourists depending on their needs and budget.