Kollam (Quilon) Tourism

Kollam (Quilon) Tourism

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Saheer Sn
  • Saheer Sn
  • 4 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Had good time at this place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • A ravikumar
  • 4 Reviews

"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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Ajay vijaydharan
  • Ajay vijaydharan
  • 3 Reviews

"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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Swaroop anand
  • Swaroop anand
  • 2 Reviews

"Scenic Kerala"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Nov 21, 2013
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 you should when in any place in Kerala, do carry an umbrella!
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Karan khurana
  • Karan khurana
  • 2 Reviews

"Beaches and more beaches."

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2013
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, thanks for satisfying me with your great services and next time also I want to visit this place to do more fun.
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Biswajit Mohanty
  • Biswajit Mohanty
  • Lives in Bhubaneshwar
  • 1 Review

"worlds paradise"

  • Posted Jun 22, 2013
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 good

Activities & things to do: never forget boat riding in back water

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: must go to beach its give peace atmosphere to mind.
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Amrish Amin
  • Amrish Amin
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"experience the nature"

  • Posted Jun 14, 2013
It was one of the best trip we had at Ashtmudy.one should not miss the opportunity if one gets to go to Kollam and the lake Ashtmudy.At night it is peaceful and in the morning you wake with the different noises of the see birds.You hear the morning prayers in the local language from the distant temples.it was a wonderful stay at club Mahendra Ashtmudy Resort.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food is excellent ,less oily and right to the taste.

Activities & things to do: walk in the surroung residential area,go for fishing with the local people.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: from Trivendrum by road .
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Babuji Rajaram
  • Babuji Rajaram
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews


  • Posted Jun 10, 2013
really my dream is come true, above on head the sky lying, from lake to earth full of nature covering wonderful colors of flowers and grass filled,

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: my favorite attraction is lake view,

Activities & things to do: playing with children is most enjoyable , particularly in the restaurants provided some games places like carom,tennis court.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: travel from tiruvandrum is more convenient and also kollam to resorts taxi available.
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Sanjay P
  • Sanjay P
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 8 Reviews

"Kollam Backwaters"

  • Posted May 7, 2013
Kollam is a nice place to visit in Kerala. Kerala food is good here - the real taste. Many places to see - especially the back waters ferry service. Shopping for Kerala Gold ornaments was okay. Clothing was also okay.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Travel in the ferry service. its a great experience.

Activities & things to do: We traveled by car from Thenkasi to Kollam. The entire route was splendid with green forests and heritage bridges built in the British era.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Kollam people are friendly and can be approached for guidance.
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Sudheesh c.s
  • Sudheesh c.s
  • 2 Reviews


  • Posted Apr 23, 2013
Small Busy town with a beautiful beach, famous for cashew factories and trade. One of the town where you can get good seafood. You can find traditional architecture and the city was famous trade centre in old days

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Have a feel of the 'Kallu Naranga Vellam' (Lime Juice specially made) at Ashram Ground.

Activities & things to do: Beach, Lakes

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Plan mode of transport well in advance, otherwise you will be get lot of surprises.
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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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