How To Get There - Kollam
The nearest airport,
Thiruvananthapuram, is 72km away from Kollam.
Quilon is connected by rail with
several important cities.
Quilon is connected by road with
many tourist centres in India.
For local transport, one
can use private and KSRTC buses, yellow-top and tourist taxis, and
KOLLAM - THE CASHEW COUNTRY
An old seaport on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, Quilon, 72 km away from
Thiruvananthapuram is also known as the gateway to Kerala.
The district is fairly important for the State's trade and commerce and
is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry.
It is also an important hub for the State's marine products industry,
with the port of Neendakara being the centre for trawlers and ice
Throbbing with industrial activity, Quilon is a place where nature can
be seen at its best. People from places as far as Persia, Arab, Rome and
China traded here. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to set up a
trading centre followed by the Dutch and British.
A perfect blend of modernism and antiquity, the developed city of
Quilon brings to the fore the memories of a bygone era. Quilon, which is
a veritable Kerala in miniature is gifted with Kerala's very
representative features - sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers,
streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of
every variety both food crop and cash crop.
Prime Attractions of Kollam
The Scenic and Calm Ashtamudi Lake is located in the
Kollam district of Kerala. One of the biggest Backwaters of Kerala, this
lake boasts of a magnificent view. more..
Kottankulangara Chamayavillanku is a unique
festival, which is held at the Kottankulangara temple in Chavara, near
Kollam, where hundreds of sturdy men dress up as comely females. This is
an offering to the goddess Bhagavathy, the deity of the temple.
A major festival, Kettukazcha is held during the
months of August/ September- September/ October at the Oachira Temple.
Unlike other temples, there is no shrine or idol at the Oachira temple,
located nearly 32 kms from Kollam. more..
Oachira Temple is the venue of the famous Oachirakkali (Oachira dance)
held in June, a sort of ancient choreographed mock battle. Unlike other
temples, there is no shrine or idol at the oachira temple, located
nearly 32 kms from Kollam. more..
A huge rock at Chadayamangalam,
Jatayupara takes its name from the mythical bird Jatayu in the epic
Ramayana, who is believed to have collapsed on the rock after failing in
his attempts to thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita. The Crafts Festival
is held annually during December-January, featuring the work of
craftsmen from all over the country.
Kottarakkara, the place from
where the famous Indian classical dance form originated is the
headquarters of Kottarakkara Taluk. It was once the capital of
Elayadathu Swarupam, a principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore
Located at Ashramam, along
the backwater front, picnic village is the main centre of recreational
activities in Kollam. A 200-year old Government Guest House and
Adventure Park, a Tourist Boat Club, a Children's Traffic Park and a
Yatri Nivas are all housed in this vast tourist complex.
The influence of the
pandyas is manifest in its design having inscriptions in Tamil, dating
from the 12th to the 16th centuries. The Vyala monster sculptures in
this temple give one the impression that the creatures are animated and
actually climbing up the stairs with their outstretched paws.
Ananda Valleeswaram temple
Ananda Valleeswaram is one of the most
revered temple in Kollam, attracting people from far and wide. It remains
open to the tourists on all the seven days of the week.
Thevallay Palace is the another sightseeing
destination in Kollam. Thevallay Palace is presently used by the army and
the Public Works Department. Most the palace has been painted over or
whitewashed. According to the legend, there was British official who used to
live across the lake. He fell in love with the lady from the palace. The
official faithful dog used to swan across the lake everyday, with a love
letter from his master. One day dog was found dead, may be due to the
excursion or due to the injury. A monument was erected for the dog, only its
crumbling pedestal is visible today.
Excursions from Kollam
Renowned for the Sastha temple, Kulathupuzha is situated on a forest
range on the Thiruvananthapuram - Shenkottai road. more..
Mannadi is located 13 kms from Adoor and 45 kms from Kollam. Veluthampi
Dalawa, a diwan of the erstwhile state of Travancore, met his tragic
death here. more..
Located to the north of Kollam town, Oachira Temple is the unique
pilgrim centre, with no idol or deity. The famous Parabrahma Temple is
dedicated to the Universal Consciousness. more..
The vast fresh water lake surrounded by hills on three sides,
sasthamkotta is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha
Temple is an important pilgrim centre. more..
Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary located 70 kms from Kollam, on the
Kollam-Shencotta Road, is a green valley of splendid forests, situated
on the banks of the Shendurny River. more..
A seaside village of historic importance, with the ruins of an old
portuguese fort and a few 18th century churches strewn all over,
Thangaserry is a city located 5 kms from Kollam. more..
An ideal picnic spot, it is a secluded beach, well connected by
frequent bus services. more..
Karunagappally is situated 27 kms. north of Kollam. It is linked with
Kollam by rail and road. An idol of Buddha, recovered from a local tank
here, is now preserved in the Krishnapuram Palace, situated north of
Ochira. The town has a temple dedicated to Lord Siva, two old mosques
and a Mar Thoma Church.
Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple
It is a magnificent temple, situated on the Thiruvananthapuram -
Kottayam MC Road.
The place is primarily noted for its shrines and temples, the most
important of the nine temples being the Subramanya Temple at
The enchanting waterfalls, meaning the stream of milk, offer a splendid
view of the water cascading from a height of 300 feet. The Palauruvi
woods form a beautiful picnic spot. Travel Information
Places To Stay - Kollam
House Hotel, Karthika Chinnakada.
Hotel Prasanthi, Near Beach.
Hotel Sea Bee, Jetty Road.
There is a PWD Rest House.
Maps - Kollam
Climate - Kollam
Mean Max: 36.0°C
Mean Min: 22.4°C
270 cm. (Annual).
General Information - Kollam
72 Kms From Trivandrum (Kerala).
August to March.
2579 sq. km.
Useful Information - Kollam
Tourist Information Centres
Information Centre, KSRTC Bus Stand, Kollam Ph: 745625.
DTPC Tourist Office, Guest House Complex, Asramam Ph: 742558.
Department of Tourism-District Office, Govt. Guest House. Ph: 743620.
ATDC, Opp. Bus Station.