Kollam (Quilon) Tourism

Kollam (Quilon) Tourism

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A ravikumar
  • A ravikumar
  • 4 Reviews

"One of the beautiful place in Gods Own Country"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 months ago
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....... More
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Ajay vijaydharan
  • Ajay vijaydharan
  • 3 Reviews

"Kollam kandavannu illam vendam"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 months ago
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....... More
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Swaroop anand
  • Swaroop anand
  • 2 Reviews

"Scenic Kerala"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
I was on a business trip in Kollam. So, didn't visit the tourist places as such. Kollam is nice place, like the whole of scenic Kerala. Famous for cashews, getting cashews is a must and should be done by anyone who visits this nice city. As....... More
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Karan khurana
  • Karan khurana
  • 2 Reviews

"Beaches and more beaches."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
Experience is very very good. As this is very good place to visit, So many beaches around there such as Kollam Beach, Varkala beach, near by airport there is a beach, Kovalam beach etc, I had visited these places and enjoyed a great time,....... More
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Biswajit Mohanty
  • Biswajit Mohanty
  • Lives in Bhubaneshwar
  • 1 Review

"worlds paradise"

  • Posted 10 months ago
the beaches and boat riding never forget in my life.The hotels are good but some hotels extracts more money then the original prices because of large no of tourists going for their holiday. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: sea foods are....... More
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Kollam (Quilon) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront

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.

Accommodation options in Kollam

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

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