Kollam (Quilon) Tourism
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Kollam (Quilon) Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
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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 headquarters 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. 


History of Kollam

The name of the city has been derived from the Sanskrit word Kollam that 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 Sothern 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 celebrated once in a year. The ritual is a tribute to the presiding Bhadrakali Devi and 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

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 cities in India.


Kollam is well connected by road with regular bus services from all major cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, Thrissur & more.


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There is a wide array of accommodation options in Kollam available for tourists depending on their needs and budget.

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Gaurav Bhatnagar

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  • Gaurav Bhatnagar
  • Lives in Ganjam
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"Perfect place to relax"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Stayed at Kollam at Hotel Raviz, excellent place to be and relax. Evening Backwater Cruise is must. Also try travelling on a Houseboat from Kollam to Allepey. Visit to local market is must and you may get good deal also. Beach are normally crowded during evening time and are not recommended. Overall a good place to be.
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Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary

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"A pleasant destination to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 7, 2015
The kollam tour was a pleasant tour. All tourist attractions of kollam were covered. Among the attractions the boat journey through Ashtamudi lake to Sambrani Kody was very interesting and beautiful. Remember protection from cold wind while conducting boat journey. The lighthouse at Thangassery was also visited and enough time were spent in the beach. The town was neatly cleaned and hence the trip was very nice.
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"Fine Example of God's Own Country"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2014
I stayed in Ashtamudi and it was a memorable birthday for me. The seafood lovers will have a nice time, but I am Vegetarian :). Water, Water.......everywhere. You can drive to Trivandrum for shopping and Kovalam beach. The Government Ferry ride on the backwaters along with the public was a soothing experience.
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Arun Mohan

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"Beautiful as well as calm city"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
Kollam situated in state Kerala, is one of the most beautiful city in Kerala. It has a family friendly environment. Temple, mosque, church every religious place here to watch. Beach and the ashtamudi lake is more popular. Food and the cuisine provided in kollam are good in quality as well as tasty. One of the main attraction is the backwaters and the houseboats.
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"A place where you can have all kind of fun"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2014
This is a place where you can experience all kinds of tourist hotspots. Say pristine beach in Varkala, Ghat sections in east, Shopping at down town, back waters in house boats, places of historical importance and yummy sea food. You name it and you are going to get it here.
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"land of cashewnuts"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 18, 2014
Southern part of Kerala filled with pure natural resources both land and sea. Cashews and fish produces are found here. It is an amazing place if you have to eat the sea food
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Amal Baby

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"Excellent beach and delicious sea food"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
I enjoyed a lot with my friends during the two days trip. We had some special food. Night views and streets were amazing. Overall, it was a good experience. The beach was really excellent and I had a wonderful time there. The sea food that you get near the beach was delicious. A perfect place to spend with your family.
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"Had good time at this place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jul 6, 2014
This is a place of natural beauty. I love the place a lot. I always had a good time at this place.
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A ravikumar

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"One of the beautiful place in Gods Own Country"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jan 1, 2014
Must see places will be Kollam beach, Ashram, Thenmala eco-forest. Should try local Kerala cuisines at Nani hotel. Backwater boating riding is one unique experience. Roads are very narrow and advised not to drive during evening peak hours better to take train to reach Kollam..
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"Kollam kandavannu illam vendam"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2013
As said, Kollam kandavannu illam vendam. The destination was a pleasure place, the timing of my trip was on October so that the climate there was apt, Not much of rain or sun. There are lot of tourist destination in and around the city like beach, adventure park, house boat, backwater views. Alleppy and Trivandrum are the nearby cities which are also nice tourist destination. But we should avoid travelling in the summer when the heat is extreme. August to January is the apt time for travel to Kerala.
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