KOLLAM TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO KOLLAM
Beach | Backwaters
#10 of 23 Places to visit in Kerala
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Kollam: Trivandrum (70 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Kollam: October to March
Peak Season: December to January & May to June
At a distance of 69 km from Trivandrum, 83 km from Alleppey, 94 km from Kottayam, 135 km from Kochi, and 156 km from Kanyakumari, Kollam, also known as Quilon is an old seaport city in Kerala. Lies between the Ashtamudi Lake and Lakshadweep Sea, Kollam is the headquarters of the Kollam district, and among the must-include places in Kerala tour packages.
Situated on the shores of Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam is the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and one of the prominent places to visit near Kochi and Trivandrum. Thirty percent of this district is covered by Ashtamudi Lake. The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the best way to explore the Kerala backwaters. It is also very famous for cashew processing and coir manufacturing.
Kollam was a flourishing port during the Chera dynasty and later became the capital of the independent Venad or Kingdom of Quilon. Kollam had a strong commercial reputation since the days of the Phoenicians and Romans. Desinganadu Rajas exchanged embassies with Chinese rulers while there was a flourishing Chinese settlement at Kollam. It was considered as one of the five main ports dealing with Chinese trade in the 14th century. In 1502, the first trading center was established in Kollam by the Portuguese. The Portuguese were followed by the Dutch and then the British in 1795.
Kollam attracts travelers all-round the year with its wide variety of sightseeing options that one must visit as part of Kollam tour packages. Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Thangasseri Beach, Munroe Island, Ashtamudi Lake, Sasthamkotta Lake, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Rameshwara Temple, Achencoil, Amritapuri Ashram, Aryankavu, Chavara, Kottarakkara, Oachira, and Pullichira Church are the most famous places to visit in Kollam.
Kallada Boat race is one of the famous celebrated events in Kollam. This boat race attracts a large number of tourists and is usually held on the 19th of January along with the great elephant march simultaneously. Kollam can be visited along with Trivandrum tour packages.
Kollam is well connected by bus, train, and air. Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport (66 km from Kollam). Kollam Railway Station is well connected to the major cities like Chennai, Hubli, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Mangalore, Nagarcoil, Madurai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Kanyakumari, and Kochi. KSRTC bus service connects Kollam to all cities in Kerala. Private buses are also available to Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Thrissur.
The best time to visit Kollam is from October to March, while the peak seasons are from November to January. It usually takes 1-2 full days to explore this area.
Kerala Tourism Boat Races(Jan),
Kollam Pooram (April),
Astami Rohini (Aug-Sep),