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Kollam (Quilon)

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Kollam (Quilon) Tourism

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Very good place for canoeing Munroe Islands

Very good place for canoeing Munroe Islands  Video Review
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Munroe Island

Sandeep Kuncham
30th Dec 17

Kollam Beach

Kollam Beach  Video Review
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Mahatma Gandhi Beach And Park

Snehalata Jain
19th Nov 17

Nice Beach

Nice Beach  Video Review
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Mahatma Gandhi Beach And Park

Manoj Menon
19th Nov 17

Scenic Boat ride to the fish and prawn farm

Scenic Boat ride to the fish and prawn farm  Video Review
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Munroe Island

Ramit Batra
18th Nov 17

Nice boat ride of fish & prawn farm

Nice boat ride of fish & prawn farm  Video Review
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Munroe Island

Kanishka Batra
18th Nov 17

Spiritual town

Spiritual town  Video Review
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Amritapuri

Pradeep Ramachandran
4th Jan 18

Munroe island in Kollam (Quilon)

Munroe island in Kollam (Quilon)  Video Review
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Munroe Island

Deepa Nair
18th Nov 17

Munroe island in Kollam (Quilon)

Munroe island in Kollam (Quilon)  Video Review
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Munroe Island

Mamta Narula
18th Nov 17

Nice resort and good fish farm

Nice resort and good fish farm  Video Review
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Munroe Island

Ramit Batra
18th Nov 17

Beautiful farm at Monroe island

Beautiful farm at Monroe island  Video Review
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Munroe Island

Kanishka Batra
18th Nov 17

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Radhakrishnan venkatachalapathi

Radhakrishnan venkatachalapathi4.3/5

3 reviews

Quilon the queen of Kerala

A wonderful port city, sea to the west and Ashtamudi Lake to the east it is a great place to beckon . . Hot like any other coastal tropical city it has the elegance of a developing city and the astounding charm of Kerala. Wonderful temples like the Kottarakara Maha Ganapathy temple or the Sree Vishnu Shetram at Thirumullavaram dot the city and is a pilgrim's pleasure. The Ashtamudi Lake, Munroe Island, Palaruvi Falls are a nature admirers delight. Mahatma Gandhi Park or the Ashramom Park will enthuse kids and are also lovers refuge. Adventurists should trek the Thenmala Ecotourism area or the Jatayu

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Mamta Narula

Mamta Narula3.6/5

48 reviews

Experience village life

The best and unexplored part of Kerala is Munroe Island. Munroe Island is one of the best backwater locations of Kollam. Bird lovers will find many beautiful birds especially Kingfishers. You can take a ride in boat which will take you for one hour ride. You can see the traditional houses, fishing activity, prawn farming and villagers doing rope making while riding a boat. It is an amazing experience to see the village life of People in Kollam. This place do provide homestay facility. Although we stayed at Quilon beach hotel as we thought living in village will be risky as the boatman told us that there are some snakes and wild animals also.

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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.

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Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam (Quilon)

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Manmohan Totala

Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam (Quilon)
Kollam (Quilon), Kerala

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Manikandan G

Kollam...Nature’s retreat.
Kollam (Quilon), Kerala

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Mamta Narula

Kollam (Quilon), Kerala
Kollam (Quilon), Kerala

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Mamta Narula

Kollam (Quilon), Kerala

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