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Home :: India Destination :: Kerala :: Kollam

Boat on Ashtamudi LakeAn ancient seaport on the Ashtamudi Lake, the town of Kollam (known as 'Quilon' to the Portuguese) is located at a distance of 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. In terms of trade and commerce too, Kollam is fairly significant. It is a major centre of cashew trading and processing industry. Today, the town seems to be a heady blend of the old and the new. The historical remnants of the town serve to bring back the memories of the past while you soak up the scenic splendour comprising lakes, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters and expansive green fields. The charm doubles as you start on an enchanting backwater cruise to have a rendezvous with nature.

Climate & Best Time
The town of Kollam is known to experience a tropical humid climate. Summers are hot and extend from March till May. The southwest monsoon brings a good amount of rainfall to the town from June to September. Winters are cold and some rainfall also occurs in October and November due to northeast monsoons.

Places to Visit
The town of Kollam offers myriad of charms to experience and soak up for a tourist. You have some of the finest picnic spots and cultural festivities along with other options of entertainment.

» Ashtamudi Lake
One of the largest backwater bodies in the state, the lake covers a major part of the lake and offers heart stirring views of the surroundings. Bordered with palm groves, it is also one's gateway to the backwaters of Kerala.

» Picnic Village
For recreational activities, tourists can head to Picnic Village. Here, you can indulge in boating, spend time in the Adventure Park and enjoy other options of fun and entertainment.

» Mahatama Gandhi Beach
Kollam BeachA good attraction for visitors to Kollam is the Mahatama Gandhi Beach at Kochupilamoodu. The beach is just at a distance of 2 km from Kollam and offers wonderful options of taking evening walks.

» Churches & Mosques
Apart from a bunch of entertainment options, the town is also dotted with a number of age-old churches and mosques which are no less attraction. The Pullichira Church dating back to the 17th century is a must-see for tourists. Chinnakkada Palli is one of the oldest mosques here.

Stay Options
While at Kollam, you can plan your stay at either a backwater resort or a hotel. Aquaserene is a popular backwater resort preferred by holidaymakers. Other options include Hotel Nila Palace, Fragrant Nature Resort, Hotel Sudarshan etc.

Getting There
Thiruvananthapuram, at 72 km, is the closest airport from Kollam. It is an international airport connecting to all the major destinations of the world and the country. Rail and road routes are also well established. Private and KSRTC buses ply regularly reaching different parts of the state.

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¤ Best of Kerala (10 D)
Destination Covered : Cochin - Munnar - Alleppey - Kovalam - Thiruvananthapuram

Destination Covered : Cochin - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Periyar - Kovalam - Kanyakumari

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