Beach | Lake & Backwaters
At a distance of 7 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Mahadeva Temple desticated to Lord Siva is located in Thrikkadavoor is a famous Siva Temple in the district of Kollam, situated on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake.
The temple celebrates two important festivals every year. The annual Srattu festival is celebrated in the month of Kumbham (February) which attracts thousands of devotees. Eight artificial horses which represent the eight areas around the temple is a special attraction during Srattu festival. The annual Kettukazhcha festival is a colorful festival celebrated in the month of Dec-Jan or Feb- Mar.
Lake & Backwaters
At a distance of 2 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Ashtamudi Lake is a beautiful lake which is also gateway to the backwater cruises of Kollam. This lake is the second largest lake in Kerala, after Vembanad Lake and also among the best places to experince Kerala Backwaters Tourism.
Ashtamudi Lake is famous for its panoramic views. Thick coconut groves and palm trees can be seen all along the banks of the lake. Boating is offered in the lake by The Kollam Boat Club. Backwater cruises are also available in the lake, between Kollam and Alappuzha.
The banks of the lake are also famous for the Chinese fishing nets. There are many resorts along the lake that offer variety of water sports.
Museum & Gallery
At a distance of 2.5 Km from Thrissur Railway Station, Archaeological Museum is housed in Sakthan Thampuran Palace built by Raja Rama Varma (Sakthan Thampuran).
The palace has been constructed in a unique combination of Dutch and traditional Kerala style of architecture. The palace is marked by high roofs, thick walls, large rooms and Italian marble flooring. The Museum is famous for its collection of murals and relics from different parts of Kerala. It also houses the Royal exhibits of Kochi Kingdom. The museum has big life-size statues of famous and eminent personalities. There are several models of ancient temples, monuments, etc. An interesting collection is a set of manuscripts written on dry palm leaves. There is also a heritage garden within the museum complex. Veerakallu or herostones, the stone engravings and sculptures of figures and weapons recovered from the forests of Wayanad and Thrissur and worth watching.
Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM. Closed on Monday & national holiday .....
At a distance of 2 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Kollam Beach, also known as Kochupilamodu Beach is located in Kochupilamodu. It is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Beach.
The Mahatma Gandhi Park situated at the southern end of the beach is an added attraction. The beach offers beautiful views of sunset and it is ideal for swimming.
At a distance of 4 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Thangasseri Beach is a beautiful & historical beach on Ariabian Sea. This place was a Portuguese settlement in 15th/16th century and later changed hands between Dutch & British.
Thangasseri beach is a wonderful place to spend an evening and watch the lovely sunset. The beach is adjacent to Kollam Fort. At north-east corner of the beach, the ruins of Thangasseri Fort built in the 18th century are also interesting to visit. Lighthouse situated close to the beach is worth visiting. Built in 1902, the majestic Lighthouse is 144 feet tall. Lighthouse is open to public between 3:30 PM & 5:30 PM.
Feb to Nov is the best time to visit Thangasseri Beach.
At a distance of about 26 km from Kollam, Janardhana Swamy Temple is located in Varkala, which is a coastal town on the banks of Arabian Sea.
Situated on top of a small hillock near Papanasam Beach, this temple is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Hanuman and it is important for 'Pithrutharpanam'. The temple was maintained by the Pandya Kings.
Only Hindus are allowed inside the inner sanctum of the temple. Photography is not allowed inside.
Timings: 4 AM to 12 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM
At a distance of about 26 km from Kollam & 48 km from Trivandrum, Papanasam Beach is located in Varkala, which is a coastal town on the banks of Arabian Sea. Varkala is the second best beach resort in Kerala after Kovalam. It is a good weekend getaway destination from Trivandrum city.
Papanasan Beach is a quite and clean beach. It is believed that a dip in the water destroys all kind of sin. Hence, people prefer this shore for their offering of VAVUBALI in honour of ancestors and relatives whose souls are in rest. After the offering of VAVUBALI, people visit Janardhana Swamy Temple and perform Thilakahoma pooja performed for the sublimation of the departed souls.
This beach is less commercialized and less crowded. This long sandy beach is getting popularized in recent days. It is very much safe to swim & play in the waters of the beach here. Dolphins are also spotted at this place.