State : Kerala
Kollam town, the headquarters of Kollam district and Kollam taluk,
has a hoary past. It was an international emporium of trade and
even now it is a prosperous commercial centre. Today it is the centre
of the country's cashew trading and processing industry. It is situated
about 71 Kms north of Thiruvavanathapuram and is linked by rail,
road and backwater transport. The town edges with the famous Ashtamudi
lake. Many a foreign traveler has visited Kollam in early medieval
period. It was one of the early centres of Christian activity in
Kerala. It is said that the present town of Kollam was built by
the Syrian Merchant; Sapir Iso, in the 9th Century A.D. The popularity
of Kollam has been established by the time honoured proverb once
you see Kollam, you will not need home any more.
The eight hour boat trip between kollam and allappuzha is the longest
and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of kerala. The
district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number
of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.
The 144 ft. Thangassery Light House, built in 1902, is a centre
of attraction. The Ananda Valleswaram Temple here, attracts people
on almost all days. There are several Churches and Mosques in
and around Kollam.
Place to See
Ochira (34 km north of Kollam town)
The unique feature of this famous pilgrim centre is that there is
no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma temple dedicated to universal
consciousness. Ochira Kali in mid June and the twelve day Panthrandu
Vilakku in November/December are the two main annual festivals.
Ochira Kali is a mock fight enacted between groups of men dressed
as warriors on the padanilam (fighting spot). They perform a martial
dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords and shields
and splashing water in every direction. There are frequent buses
from Kollam and Alappuzha.
Sasthamkotta is largest freshwater lake in Kerala and is surrounded
by hills on three sides except on the south side, where a bund has
been constructed separating the lake from the neighbouring rice
fields. The ancient Sastha Temple which lends its name to the town,
is an important pilgrim centre. A large part of the lake has been
reclaimed for agriculture. The source of water is from the underground
A huge rock at Chadayamangalam 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
Located at a distance of 6 km from the Kollam town, the Thirumullavaram
Beach is a beautiful picnic center and has frequent bus connections
to the town. Roughly 6km north of Kollam, Thirumullavaram is a beautiful
beach that's well linked by road and with good facilities. You can
visit this beach on your Kollam tour.
Aryankavu, situated about 73 km east of Kollam, is an important
pilgrim center. The chief attraction of Aryankavu is the shrine
dedicated to Lord Sastha. The temple has some fine sculptures and
mural paintings. Thousands of pilgrims flock to this temple during
the Mandala puja and Thrikalyanam festivals in December. The place
is connected with trains and buses from the city of Quilon. A big
waterfall, falling from a height of 300 feet, is situated around
5 km from Aryankavu. The fall is known as Palaruvi, which means
river of milk. The scenic beauty, with the hills, valleys and cascades,
covered with dense tropical forests, is breathtaking.
Amritapuri located at 110 kms from capital of Kerala. It is popularly
known as the 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'. For reaching here either you
can take a bus or train from Kayamkulam (12 km north of Amritapuri)
and Karunagappally (10 km south). The two closest airports are in
Trivandrum (110 km south of Amritapuri) and in Cochin (140 km north).
How to Reach
: Nearest Airport Madurai(140 km) / Cochin
is (190 km).
: Kollam station, enroute Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore
line. Stop for all services.
: Kanniyakumari is well connected by road.