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"Kollam is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry and was once the port of international spice trade. Kollam is gifted with Kerala's very representative features such as sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields and more."
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Kollam Attractions

Jesus Cathedral Church, Tangassery Kerala
Jesus Cathedral Church, Tangassery - Kerala

Ariankavu (Pilgrim Centre)

On the route to Shenkottah, 70 km from Kollam, is Ariankavu which holds a shrine devoted to lord Sastha. The main festival of this temple is in December.


5 km or 15 minute bus trip from Kollam town, Thangasserry is historically important, its evident from the ruins of the Portuguese/ Dutch fort there as well as the 18th century church. The 3 km long beach has a light house which is open to visitors between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm.

Thirumullavaram Beach

Thirumullavaram just 6 km north of the town centre and easily reached by bus, is a beautiful and quiet little beach ideal for swimming or bathing in the sun


A particularly picturesque town standing on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake Kollam`s contemporary fame among today`s travellers is as the gateway to Kerala`s exceedingly beautiful backwaters. The long 8 hour boat trip from Quilon to Alleppey is the best and most comprehensive introduction to the delights of Kerala`s backwaters as the journey passes through lakes, canals and waterbound villages. The famous `Cheena Vala` or Chinese Fishing Nets can also seen along with backwaters.

Palaruvi Waterfalls

Located near the Kerala - Tamil Nadu border close to Ariankavu on the way from Punalur to Chenkotta the place is easily accessible either by road or rail. 5 km from Ariankavu is the lovely waterfalls at Palaruvi at a height of 300 feet. Nearby one can see smaller cascades. A pristine spot, the waterfalls give the impression of flowing milk from where it gets name. The water falls steeply down into a small and shallow pool is ideal for a swim.

Sasthamkotta (Fresh Water Lake)

Sasthamkotta, Kerala`s largest freshwater lake, is 29 km from Quilon and on the right bank of the Kallada river. This is a small town with a temple dedicated to Lord Sastha. An hours` bus ride from Kollam.

Adventure Park

Next to the government Guest House at Asramam, 3 km away from the central bus stand, is an Adventure Park which delights children. The Quilon District Tourist Promotion Council organises backwater cruises From there and during the season conducts cruises to Alleppy.


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