BEST OF KOLLAM WITH VARKALA (FROM KOCHI)

Beach | Lake & Backwaters

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Kochi City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 7 AM (Day 1), 9 AM (Day 2) & 9 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 10

DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO KOLLAM & KOLLAM SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Kochi to Kollam

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 2 km from Kollam Railway Station, Ashtamudi Lake is a beautiful lake situated in the Kolla district of Kerala. It is the southern gateway to the backwater of Kerala, and among the most visited tourist places in Kollam.

Spread over an area of 16 km, Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest lake in Kerala, after Vembanad Lake, which has found its way into the sea through the Neendakara estuary. The 8 arms or channels of the Ashtamudi Lake are what gave it its name. The lake resembles the shape of a palm conifer or an octopus.

Surrounded by lush green trees and swaying coconut palms, Ashtamudi Lake is famous for its panoramic views. Boating is offered in the lake by The Kollam Boat Club. It is the entrance to the famous backwaters of Kerala and the houseboat rides here are extremely famous. The Kollam to Alappuzha route is considered among the best in the backwaters. A lot of tourists come here .....

Beach

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At a distance of 16 km from Alappuzha, Mararikulam Beach is a secluded little-known beach situated at Mararikulam village near Alappuzha. It is one of the most scenic beaches near Kochi, and among the top places of sightseeing in Alleppey.

This white sand beach is filled with several coconut trees providing a unique appearance to the beach. It is an ideal place for someone who wants to explore the backwaters of Kerala and relax amidst a peaceful environment. An evening stroll is one of the best hangouts here during your Alleppey trip. This beach is safe for swimming. Tourists can indulge themselves with Ayurvedic treats which are offered by Ayurvedic Massage Centre.

The beach is about 3 km from NH47 junction (called Mararikulam-Kalithattu Junction) before Kanjikkunzhi. The NH47 Junction is connected .....

Beach

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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.

Beach

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Light House: Rs. 10 for Adult & Rs. 3 for Child

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.

Overnight Stay in Kollam

DAY 2 : KOLLAM SIGHTSEEING

Resume Kollam Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 4 AM - 11. 30 AM & 5 PM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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.

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 5 AM - 10 AM & 5 PM - 7.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 20 Kms from Kollam, Puttingal Temple dedicated to Goddess Devi is located in Paravur village. This temple is located on a small ant hill, known as 'puttu'. The present structure is about 200 years old.

The famous festival of this temple is called 'Thottampattu', starts on the 21st day of the month of Vrischikam (November/December). The birthday of the Godess is also celebrated in a grand manner in the month of Meenam - March/April. Traditional arts like Aswathi vilakku, Kathakali, Kampadikali, Marameduppu are celebrated during this festival.

Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 24 Hrs
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 16 km from Kollam, Paravur is a beautiful place with a combination of Sea, Lakes, Rivers, Backwaters, and vast green fields. This is one of the fabulous places in Kerala and among the must-include places in Kollam tour packages.

Paravur town has a small lake that merges with the backwaters of Kerala. The mangroves standing along both sides of the lake intensifies its beauty, making it more attractive. This lake is popular and significant as it connects as a part of the Trivandrum-Shornaur Canal System to the Edava and Ashtamudi Kayal.

Another real fascination in the region of Paravur lake is the Priyadarshini watercraft club. This watercraft club uncovers immense boating choices in the realm where the Arabian Sea, river, and the Kappil backwater merge. With a thin stretch of narrow land dividing the sea and Pravur lake, the beach at Paravur is ideal to sit and gaze at the natural beauty.

Beach | Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 18 Kms from Kollam and 6 Kms from Varkala, Kappil Beach is a famous weekend gateway from Tivandrum.

Sprawls across 25 acres of land, the thin line of sand beach separates Edava-Nadayara Lake from the Arabian Sea. Swimming, water sports and Sun-bathing are famous activities at this spot. Boating is available in the backwaters of the lake at Priyadarshini Boat Club and Lake Sagar Boat Club near Beach. Dolphins are an added attraction on the Kappil Beach.

Kappil Beach is connected by bus service from Kollam, Varkala & Trivandrum.

Overnight Stay in Kollam

DAY 3 : VISIT VARKALA & TRAVEL TO KOCHI

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 4 AM - 11 AM & 5 PM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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

Beach

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of about 26 km from Kollam & 48 km from Trivandrum, Papanasam Beach is located in the coastal town of Varkala in Kerala. It is one of the popular beaches near Trivandrum, and among the major Kollam tourist places.

Varkala is the second-best Kerala beach resort after Kovalam. Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasham Beach, is a cliff beach situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Often called the Pearl of the Arabian Sea, this is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are of tertiary sedimentary formation and are named by geologists as Varkala Formation. They are a geological monument as recorded by the Geological Survey of India.

The beach is renowned for its natural spring which is considered to have medicinal and curative .....


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