#1 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
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.
#2 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
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.
#3 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
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.
#4 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 5.5 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Thirumullavaram Beach is a beautiful beach with full of coconut palms.
This beach is excellent for bathing and swimming. Mahavishnu Temple near the beach is a worth visiting place.
#5 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
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.
Beach | Backwaters
#6 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
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.
#7 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 68 km from Kollam, 39 km from Tenkasi & 73 km from Trivandrum, Thenmala Dam also known as Kallada Dam or Parappara Dam located in Thenmala village is built across Kalla River. It is situated very close to Kollam - Tenkasi road. The dam is located amidst picturesque location with beautiful surroundings at the foothills of the Western Ghats.
The surroundings of Thenmala Dam are developed under eco-tourism development activities. It is also selected by World Tourism Organisation as one of the best eco-friendly projects in the world. Thenmala means honey hill. Due to the peculiar floristic composition of the forest, the honey collected from Thenmala forest is famous for its medicinal values.
This place has facilities like winding pathways, sway bridge, amphitheatre and a musical fountain. You can also visit the traditional tree houses of the tribal of this area. There are also boating facilities in the reservoir. .....
#8 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 81 km from Kollam, 29 kms from Tenkasi & 86 km from Trivandrum, Palaruvi Waterfalls are wonderful waterfalls located on Kollam - Tenkasi road, at a distance of 11 Kms from Thenmala Dam on Kerala -Tamil Nadu border.
The word Palaruvi means stream of milk in Malayalam. Falling from a height of 300 feet, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kerala. It is a favourite picnic spot for visitors from all over south India. The water falls into a small pool and this place is ideal for swimming. There are seperate locations for kids and ladies to bath here.
The falls are close to the main road needs little walk from the road. Best time to visit the place is Jun-Jan.
Backwaters | Nature
#9 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 16 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Paravur is a beautiful place with the combination of Sea, Lakes, Rivers, Backwaters and vast green fields. This is one of the most beautiful places in Kerala and also a popular place for houseboat trip in Kerala backwaters.
Paravur has the largest natural Backwater lakes in South Asia. Boating, Fishing (with prior permission), Swimming & Surfing are the important activities at Paravur. Paravoor is also famous for handloom weaving.
There are many other attractions in and around Paravur including Puttingal Temple & Puthenkulam Elephant Village (5 kms from Paravur, where around 50 Eelephants are given shelter).
#10 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
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
#11 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 0.5 Km from Kollam Railway Station, Clock Tower is situated in Chinnakada and it is a major landmark in the town of Kollam. This tower has become an unofficial symbol of Kollam District.
This quadrangular tower was built by the natives in honor of Unichakam Veedu K G Parameshwaran Pillai, the former chairman of Kollam Municipality between 1932 & 1948. The construction was started in 1941 and completed in 1944. Built with brick and white cement, it has the distinction of being the first clock tower of Travancore. The four big clocks placed on the sides were brought from Kolkata.
#12 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 3 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Rameshwaram Temple is one of the oldest temples in this region. Dedicated to Lord Siva, this temple is one among the four Lord Siva temples built by the Legend Natukotta Chettiar.
Built in 12th century, this temple shows Pandyan influence and has several inscriptions in Tamil writted between 12th & 16th centuries. The temple has very interesting & attractive sculpture work.
The anuual temple festival is celebrated in Jan/Feb every year.
#13 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 28 Kms from Kollam, Sastha Temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa located in Sasthamkotta is one of the famous temples in Kerala state. Lord Ganesha is also worshipped at this temple.
This temple is situated on the banks of vast Sasthamkotta Lake with hills on three sides. The temple was built by a prince of Pandalam Royal family. The name of Sasthamkotta town is derived from this famous temple.
Another feature of the temple is that hundreds of monkeys are found in the surroundings of the temple. The monkeys are friendly and the devotees visiting the temple take care of the feeding of these monkeys.
Mandala Pooja and 10 day Annual festival are very important.
#14 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 26 Kms from Kollam, Sasthamkotta Lake is beautiful lake and the largest fresh water lake in Kerala. This vast lake surrounded by hills on 3 sides is the source of drinking water for Kollam district.
Boating facilities are available in the lake by country boats. The lake is home for 27 species of freshwater fish including pearl spot, cat fish and two genera of prawns. The surroundings of the lake are being developed as attractive tourism destination.
#15 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 60 Kms from Kollam, Ayyappa Temple located in Kulathupuzha is one of the famous Ayyappa temples in Kollam district.
This picturesque location is situated on Thiruvananthapuram-Shenkottai road. The temple is located on the banks of Kulathupuzha River surrounded by dense forests. Lord Shiva in the form of ShivLlinga is also worshipped at this temple.
Vishnu Mahotsav celebrated in April / May is the main festival at this temple.
#16 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 33 Kms from Kollam, Parabrahma Temple located in Ochira is situated on Kollam - Alleppey main road.
The Ochira temple is very unique that, it has no deity. Also no rituals are performed in the temple. The temple is dedicated to Parabrahma (universal consciousness) and has no idol of any god. The structure of the temple is also not different from traditional temples.
There are many versions about the origin of the name Ochira. One of them is that, 'Om' the representation of Parambrahmam, the god of all gods and the word 'Chira' (piece of land) combine together to form 'Om Chira' meaning the 'land of Parambrahmam'. During the course of time Om Chira became Ochira.
The two main events of this temple are Ochira Kali in mid June, and the Panthranduvilakku festival celebrated for 12 days in November / December.
#17 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 78 Kms from Kollam, Shendurny Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the edge of Thenmala Dam's catchment area. It is located at a distance of 20 Kms from Thenmala Dam along the reservoir boundaries.
The sanctuary is spread over 100 sq. kms area and home for wide variety of flora and fauna. This place was declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1984. Te sanctuary is home for fauna like Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Bear and the Lion-tailed Macaque.
The sanctuary is spread across 26 sq. kms artificial lake formed by Thenmala Dam. According to recent archaeological findings, this place has witnessed one of the oldest river valley civilisations in India, even older than Indus valley. Remains of Stone Age culture dating back 5210-4420 BC have been excavated from a large cave near the river. The cave also contains ancient paintings.
Oct to Mar is the best season to visit.
#18 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 33 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram is the residence of Matha Amrithanandamayi Devi, one of the popular female guru in India.
The ashram is situated at Amrithapuri near Mallikavu. This Math has a beautiful temple and facilities for more than 700 devotees to stay at a time. The main deity worshipped at the temple in Ashram is Goddess Kali. Mata is called as Ammaby by the devotees all over the world. Thousands of people come to experience the unique darshan of Mata, in which she holds each devotee in her arms like a mother embracing a child.
Amrithapuri is 4 Kms from Vavvakkavu Junction on NH47. It can be reached by frequent buses from Kollam.
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#19 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 44 Kms from Kollam, Rock-Cut Cave Temple located in Kottukal is a magnificent temple situated at a distance of 10 Kms from Ayur junction on Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam.
This rock-cut temple has a ShivLinga & sculptures of Nandi & Hanuman. This temple has similarities with Mahabalipuram temple (near Chennai) and is believed to belong to Pallava period - 8th Century. There are two 10 ft x 8 ft rooms cut through rocks and covered by a single rock overhead. The temple would appear like an elephant's back from outside.
A rectangular carved area in the center of cave has the image of Ganapati carved on the rock. On either sides of it are two larger structures. Inside of each structure are the entrances to the inner shrines. One of the entrances has a Nandi carved in the portico and the shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
#20 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 28 Kms from Kollam, Alumkadavu is a beautiful village located on Ashtamudi Lake Backwaters. Alumkadavu is famous for houseboat constructions. This place is also known for coir making.
Visitors can plan a tour to one of the boat building yards in Alumkadavu and watch the art of making boats. Alumkadavu is about 4 Kms from NH47 towards Alleppey and connected by frequent bus services with Kollam.
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM. Close on Sundays.
#21 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 26 Kms from Kollam, Munroe Island is a beautiful island formed by the backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake & Kallada River. This island is named after Colonel Munroe, the British resident of Travancore State, who helped in integrating several backwater regions of Kerala by forming canals.
The discovery of Stone Age tools made this place an important historical destination in this region. The canals are used for local transport. Munroe Island is connected with Pattomthuruthu & Pezhumthuruthu Islands by boat. DTPC operate boat cruises to the island twice a day at 9 AM & 2 PM.
#22 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 17 Kms from Kollam, St. Andrews Church located in Kovilathottam is situated close to NH47 towards Alappuzha.
The church is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on west and the T.S. Canal on east. Kovilthottam is one of the important Christian pilgrimages in Kollam. This parish was founded in 1398 and the Church was reconstructed in 1779 by the Franciscan missionary. This beautiful church was enhanced by several additions & renovations.
#23 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 14 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Kottankulangara Devi Temple is located in Chavara. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.
Kottankulangara Chamayavillanku is a famous festival celebrated at this temple celebrated in Mar / Apr. This festival is also referred to as Thalappoli Mahosthavam. Hundreds of men dress up like females, as part of offerings to the goddess. There is a unique ritual called 'Chamaya Vilakku' where a group of young women come to the temple at night in a long procession with lighted lamps in their hands.
Other interests in & around Chavara include St. Andrews Church and Kovilthottam Beach & Light House.
#24 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 82 Kms from Kollam, Ayyappa Temple located in Achenkovil is one of the 5 most important Ayyappa Temples in Kerala.
Lord Ayyappa is depicted as a married man here and worshipped along with his two wives Purna and Pushkala. It is believed that the idol here was installed by Lord Parashurama. This Temple is famous for curing poisonous snake bites. The Ayyappa idol at this temple holds Sandalwood Paste and Thirtha (holy water). The Chandan and Thirtha are considered to have medicinal properties to cure snake bites.
The two important festivals of this temple are Mandala Pooja celebrated in December/January and the festival celebrated in January/February. The two notable features of the festival are the Therottam & Pushpabhishekam.
Unlike Sabarimla, Women of all ages can enter this temple.
#25 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 25 Kms from Kollam, Ganapathi Temple located in Kottarakkara is one of the famous temples for Lord Ganapathi in Kerala state.
Though the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Siva, this temple is famous as Lord Ganapathy temple. The temple is famous for Kottarakkara Unniappam, a rare sweet offered as Prasadam. The temple celebrated its famous festival called Thiruvathira in the Malayalam months of Meenam/Medam (April).
The temple also has smaller shrines for Goddess Parvati, Murugan, Ayyappa and Nagaraja. Non-Hindus are also allowed in this temple.
#26 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
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.
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#27 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Kollam Pooram is a famous 10 day festival celebrated in the month of April at Sri Krishna Temple.
The festival commences with the traditional flag hoisting. Kathakali is performed on all days of the festival. The deities of the nearby temples come on caparisoned elephants to pay homage to Lord Sri Krishna at this temple. This ritual is known as cherupooram.
Kudamattam ceremony is celebrated in a grand manner on the last day of festival. Around 58 well decorated elephants participate in the procession on this day. Thousands of devotees gather in the temple compound to witness this grand spectacle.
#28 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
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.
Nature | Pilgrimage
#29 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 119 km from Kochi, 67 km from Alleppey, 62 km from Kottayam, 96 km from Tenkasi, 109 km from Trivandrum, 162 km from Tirunelveli, 197 km from Kanyakumari and 238 km from Madurai, Pathanamthitta is a beautiful town and the administrative capital of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. Also known as the pilgrim capital of Kerala, Pathanamthitta is the main transport hub to the famous pilgrim center - Sabarimala and also one of the popular tourist places in Kerala.
It is situated in Central Travancore region of Kerala, close to the Western Ghats. Pathanamthitta town is located on the banks of Achankovil and three major rivers of Kerala - Achankovil, Pamba & Manimala flow through the district. Pathanamthitta is a combination of two words Pathanam and Thitta which means an .....
Distance (From Kollam): 62 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kollam - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
#30 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 85 km from Kanyakumari, 385 km from Coimbatore, 204 km from Kochi, 400 km from Trichy, 266 km from Madurai, 770 km from Chennai, 622 km from Mangalore and 746 km from Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the state of Kerala and the headquarters of Thiruvananthapuram district. It is also one of the popular Kerala places to visit. The city and the suburbs cover an area of about 250 sq. km, situated between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.
Thiruvananthapuram means City of Lord Anantha in Sanskrit and Malayalam. The name derives from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple situated in the city. Trivandrum is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland.
The city once formed a part of the kingdom of Travancore, which had its capital at Padmanabhapuram. .....
Distance (From Kollam): 70 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kollam - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
Beach | Backwaters
#31 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 152 km from Trivandrum and 63 km from Kochi, Alappuzha is a magnificent destination in Kerala with mix of Backwaters and Beach. Alappuzha also known as Alleppey is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea close to the banks of Vembanad Lake. It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha district and 6th largest city in Kerala. This is also one of the popular attraction not to miss in your honeymoon tour and also one of the best Kerala tourist places.
Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destination of Backwaters in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Kollam to the South. The never-ending panorama of lush .....
Distance (From Kollam): 82 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kollam - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
Backwaters | Nature | Pilgrimage
#32 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 63 km from Kochi, 48 km from Alleppey, 155 km from Trivandrum, 142 km from Munnar and 240 km from Coimbatore, Kottayam is a city located in central Kerala and is also the administrative capital of Kottayam district. It is one of the well known places to visit as part of Kerala Tour Packages. The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber.
Kottayam is bounded by Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west. Kottayam is well known as a beautiful Kerala backwaters destination with stunning landscape and beauty. Kumarakom, the most famous backwater destination of Kerala is situated very close to Kottayam (13 km). It is also a gateway to the pilgrim centers of Sabarimala, Mannanam, .....
Distance (From Kollam): 93 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kollam - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
#33 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam
At a distance of 7 km from Tenkasi, 160 km from Madurai, 62 km from Tirunelveli & 625 km from Chennai, Courtallam, or Kutralam is well known for Courtallam Falls which is one of the most famous waterfalls in Tamilnadu and among the must include places in Tamilnadu tour packages during monsoon season. Courtallam is famed as the 'Spa of South'.
The main attraction of this summer resort is its waterfalls. The waters of Courtallam are believed to have medicinal qualities as it flows through forests of herbs. There are nine waterfalls at Courtallam where the River Chittar cascades over 92 meters at varying volumes.
The Main falls or Peraruvi is the most popular and the biggest among the nine falls, at a distance of about 300 meters from Courtallam Bus Stand. Falling from a height of 60 m, it is located right inside Courtallam town. The flow of water is interrupted by the Pongumakadal .....
Distance (From Kollam): 100 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kollam - Including Travel): Full Day
Most Asked Questions on Kollam
Kollam attracts travelers all-round the year with its wide variety of sightseeing options. However, winter from October to March is the best time to visit Kollam to explore its lovely beaches & lakes, while the peak seasons are from November to January.
Kollam requires 1-2 days to visit the most important tourist attractions. Kollam can also mixed with near by wonderful destinations like Kovalam, Alleppey, Kovalam, Trivandrum and Kumarakom by adding few additional days to your trip.
Budget of Kollam trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Kollam tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5500 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 8400 per person for 3D/2N vacation.
Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Kollam like Ashtamudi Lake, Papanasam Beach, Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Thangasseri Beach & Light House, Kappil Beach, Palaruvi Waterfalls, etc. Alleppey which is around 85 km from Kollam and can be visited along with Kollam.
One night cruise on the backwaters of the Kovalam is one of the most popular cruises offered. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the one of the best way to explore the backwaters along with daily life of locals.
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