Kollam


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Kollam is where the world famous network of waterways begins. It is from here that a 130 km long chain of interlinked canals and lakes wind along Kerala. Lauded by Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta as the trade capital of the old world, Kollam is home to flourishing cashew processing and fisheries industries. The district, one of the most industrialized of the state, produces and processes products as diverse as coir, chemicals, ceramics, minerals and sea food.

Kollam or Quilon, an old sea port town on the Arabian coast, stands on the Ashtamudi lake. The district of Kollam is a veritable Kerala in miniature, gifted with unique features such as sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters, forests, and vast green fields.

Thirty percent of this district is covered by the renowned Asthamudi Lake. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Allappuzha is the best way to explore the backwaters. The district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.


Fact File
Area 2579 sq kms
Population 25,84,118
Best time to visit August to March end
Temperature 22.4 – 36 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0474


 


Attractions

Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram

Amritapuri, earlier known as Vallikavu, is the birth place of the eminent spiritual guru, Matha Amritanandamayi. The ashram built in a five acre plot holds a township that includes a post office, bank and library.

Ochira Parabrahma Temple

This temple is one of its kinds because it neither has a main shrine nor an idol to be worshipped. This temple is dedicated to the ‘Para Brahma’, the supreme principle. Ochirakali, is the temple’s annual festival that honors the big battle between the Kayamkulam and Chempakasseri Kings....

Sasthamkotta Dharmasastha Temple

This is a temple dedicated to lord Ayyappa. The monkeys in the surrounding woods are respected by the devotees as they were once believed to be the loyal followers of Dharmasastha, the ruling deity. The ten day annual festival celebrated by the temple includes the colourful Kettukazhcha parade and an...

Thangasseri

Thangasseri was once a trading hub that used gold as currency. This beautiful settlement has a history dating back to the 14th century. A 144 feet lighthouse, built in 1519 is a monument worth seeing. The village celebrated its 500th anniversary in 1999.

Thevally Palace

Built between 1811 and 1819, during the reign of Gauri Parvathi Bai, this palace was the residence of the erstwhile Maharaja during his visits to Kollam. The palace overlooks the Ashtamudi Lake and is best viewed from the lake itself.

Munroe Island

Named after the British Resident, Colonel Munroe, of erstwhile Travancore, the Munroe Island is a palm covered isle on the backwaters of Kollam. Several tools of the Stone Age and megaliths discovered here, speak volumes about the antiquity of this island.

Thangassery Beach

Thangassery Beach is located 5 kms from Kollam town. It is a seaside village of historic importance. Tourist attractions near the beach are the remnants of the old Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18th century, and the Thangassery Lighthouse which is 144 feet high and open to visitors every

Thirumullavaram Beach

Thirumullavaram Beach is located 6 kms north of Kollam. The beach is dotted with coconut palms, ideal for early morning walks. You can catch a glimpse of the fisherman venturing into the sea for their catch of the day. Thirumullavaram beach is well connected by road and offers good facilities.

Kottarakkara

It was once the capital of Elayadathu Swarupam, a principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore Royal Family. The world- famous dance drama, Kathakali had its beginnings in this town and it flourished under the patronage of Raja of Kottarakkara.

Kulathupuzha

 Kulathupuzha is an important forest range, well known for its elephants. Reed, an essential raw material for paper manufacture at Punalur Paper mill, is partly supplied from Kulathupuzha valley.
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