Capital of a Powerful Kingdom called "Venad", located 71 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram. Among the towns in Kerala, Kollam is one town that's famous for its antiquity, during ancient times, Kollam was a renowned international trade centre ... for the port of Kollam was frequented by Phoenicians, Persians, Romans, Arabs and Chinese!
The present day Quilon is famous for its varied modernindustries, Cashewnut Processing & Research, fisheriesetc. for the tourists coming from Trivandrum, Quilon isthe beginning of the magnificent backwaters of Kerala.Quilon like Alleppey is also surrounded by beautiful coconutpalms presenting a panoramic view cruising on this lakeis very interesting.
Thirty percent of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.
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Places of Interest
Just 5 km from Kollam town. This seaside village of historic importance has the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and Churches built in the 18th century. The Thangasseri lighthouse which is 144 feet high.
Thirumullavaram, 5 kilometres from Kollam, is the best beach spot. The calm Arabian Sea stretches a long way and the tourists can bask in the cool breeze pervading the place. This expansive beach is an ideal spot for swimming and bathing as well.
29 km from Kollam town, this vast fresh water lake surrounded by hills on three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha Temple which lends its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre. There are frequent bus services from Kollam. Accommodation is available at the PWD Rest House.
Ochira Kali in mid June and the twelve day Panthrandu Vilakku (twelve lamp festival) 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 (battle field). 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.
Located near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, 5 kms from Ariankavu is the lovely waterfalls at Palaruvi, at a height of 300 feet. Being the pristine spot, the waterfalls give the impression of following milk, which falls steeply down into a small shallow pool which is ideal for swimming nearby there are also smaller cascades, which gives a beautiful sight.
Situated on a forest range on Thiruvananthapuram - Shenkottai road, Kulathupuzha is known for the Sastha temple. The Vishu Mahotsavam in April / May is the most important festival.
The area is covered by dense forest, rubber and tea plantations.
Karunagappally is situated 27 kms. north of Kollam. It is linked with Kollam by rail and road. There is a mini civil station at Karunagappally. Padayanarkulangara, which forms part of the town, was once the military station of the Kayamkulam Rajas. An idol of Buddha, recovered from a local tank here, is now preserved in the Krishnapuram Palace, situated north of Oachira. The town has a temple dedicated to Lord Siva, two old mosques and a Mar Thoma Church.
Jetayu Para, a huge rock, is another attraction in Kollam district. The huge rock is in the Chandayamangalam village on the M.C. road. The name comes from the epic Ramayana. It is believed that Jatayu, the giant bird in the epic, fell after failing in its attemt to stop Ravana from taking Sita away. The rock is ideal for trekking by the lover of adventure. The rock can be seen from the Chadayamangalam Jn. itself.
The beautiful Mountains, Luxurious Forests and roadways boarded by plain trees make Punalur a Dram World. People say the Punalur owes its name to the "Funnel" is called "Punel" in Malayalam. Others say that Punnal's (water) "Uru' (place), Punalur derived its name from the rivers that Punalur is blessed with, Vettipuzha, Vattapudaharappan, Vellimanoor etc., to name a few.
How to reach Kollam?
The nearest Airport Trivandrum- 71 kmsis connected to Bombay, Bangalore, Cochin, Delhi, Madras,Male & Colombo.
Connected to majorcities in India.
Chavara- 16 kms,Trivandrum- 71 kms, Varkala- 37 kms, Alleppey- 85 kms,Kottayam- 110 kms, Thekkady- 1100 kms, Ernakulam- 152kms, Kundara-13 kms, Trichur- 229 kms, Palghat- 308 kms,Calicut- 374 kms, Cannanore- 461 kms, Kasaragod- 575 kms.
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