Tourist places in Kollam

Area 2491 sq Km

Quilon or Kollam is an old sea port town on the Arabian coast. The district is representative of all the natural attributes of Kerala, and is endowed with a long coastal region, a major sea port on the Arabian Sea, plains and the mountains, lakes, lagoons and Kerala Backwaters, forests and the farm land, and rivers and streams. The area had mercantile relationship with Phoenicians and the Romans. About thirty percent of this district is covered by the Ashtamudi Lake, thereby making it a gateway to the Kerala Backwaters. kollam is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry. The eight hour boat trip between kollam and allappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of kerala. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish a trading centre at Kollam in 1502 A.D. Then came the Dutch followed by the British in 1795 AD A British garrison was stationed at Kollam in pursuance of a treaty between Travancore and the British. Velu Thampi Dalawa of Travancore did much for the improvement of Kollam town. He built new bazars and invited merchants from Madras and Tirunelveli to settle here. Kollam later became the capital of the enlightened and liberal rulers of Desinganad.

Places to visit

Ashtamudi Lake

 

Lake Ashtamudi

Lake Ashtamudi is one of the biggest Backwaters of Kerala .Ashtamudi Lake is a freshwater lake in the Kerala. Ashtamudi means 'eight branches'in the local language of Malayalam. This name is indicative of the lake's topography a lake with multiple branches. There are coconut groves and palm trees all along the banks of the lake and the monotony is broken by the quiet town of Kollam. The Kollam boat club provides boats to cruise on the lake. You can also go on a backwater cruise staring at Kollam  and ending the journey at Alappuzha. Besides the coconut plams,all along the waterline one can see the famous Chinese vala or the Chinese fishing nets. Ashtamudi Lake is currently registered as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary

Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary located 70 kms from Kollam, on the Kollam-Shencotta road, is a green valley of splendid forests, situated on the banks of the Shendurny River.Steep and rugged peaks surround the sanctuary, which is dotted by several breathtaking ravines. The park is rich in flora and fauna and is a haven to a variety of animals such as Elephants, Gaurs, Barking Deers, Cobra, Viper, Python and the Indian Porcupine

Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary

Sasthamkotta Lake

Sasthamkotta Lake, is a large freshwater lake in Kerala. It is located near Sasthamkotta,  30 kilometres from Kollam. The lake is surrounded on three sides by hills, and on the south side a bund separates the lake from the neighboring rice fields. Sasthamkotta Lake provides water supply to entire Kollam District. The Sastha Temple is situated on the banks of Sathamkotta Lake. The lake was designated a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in November 2002.

Jatayupara 

Jatayupara

Jatayupara is a huge rock at Chadayamangalam. Legends goes that the name Jatayupara is from the mythical bird Jatayu in the epic Ramayana, who is believed to have collapsed on the rock after failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita. Jatayupara attracts the adventure-loving and offers excellent prospects of an exhilarating hang-gliding experience.

Palaruvi

Palaruvi waterfalls

Palaruvi is located 75 kms from Kollam. The Palaruvi woods are a beautiful picnic spot. The journey to Palaruvi through the dense tropical forest is a spellbinding experience. Palaruvi which means "milky stream" makes its "milky way" down the rocks, falling from 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. Ayurvedic physicians sometimes prescribe a bath in the waters of Palaruvi.

Thangassery

Thangasseri is a picturesque seaside village of historic significance. Thangasseri is 5 kms from Kollam town and once was a favourite settlement of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English in succession. This was so because Kollam was one of the oldest and most important ports for international cashew trade on the Malabar Coast. At Thankassey, one can find the ruins of an Old Portuguese fort and churches built during the 18th century. The beautiful beach nearby has a 144ft high lighthouse which is a major attraction here.

Thangasseri lighthouse

Thenmala

Thenmala is a small village at the foothills of the Western Ghats and is covered by dense forest, rubber and tea plantations. The first eco tourism project in India is located at Thenmala. Thenmala is a dam site and the famous Shenduruney wildlife sanctuary is the most important ecotourism resource of Thenmala Ecotourism. This wildlife sanctuary is of about 100 sqkms and harbours large varieties of flora and fauna.

Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple



Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple

Situated on the Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam MC Road, Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple is a magnificent masterpiece of Sculptures.

Thirumullavaram Beach

6 kms north of Kollam town, is the beautiful and quiet little Thirumullavaram Beach, which is a lovely picnic spot and is also ideal for swimming or bathing in the sun .It has frequent bus connections from the town.

Krishnapuram Palace Museum

The Krishnapuram Palace is fully restored in March 1999, is a fine example of Keralan Architecture. The palace is well worth a visit.

Ashramam Picnic Village

Picnic village is just 2kms away from the town. This village is located at Ashramam, along the backwater front, is the main centre of recreational activities in Kollam. Ashramam picnic village is located in the 48acre Guest House complex. The children's traffic and entertainment park, designed by NATPAC is also located in this village. It is the largest traffic park in Kerala. The adventure park located in the village along the shores of the Ashtamudi back waters , is a novel experiment in the country. Different types of boats, including luxury cruise boats, power boats and motor boats are available on hire from the boat jetty near to the adventure  Park. A budget hotel for tourists, Yathrinivas, run by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, is also located in this village. The Govt. Guest House here is 200 years old. It stands alone  Ashtamudi Lake and is a major attraction for its elegance and architectural beauty. Tourists can stay here at economical rates.

Oachira

 

Oachira temple

Situated32 kms. The unique feature of this famous pilgrim centre is that there is no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma temple dedicated to universal consciousness. Ochira Kali in mid June and the twelve day Panthrandu Vilakku 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 (fighting spot). They perform a martial dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords and shields and splashing water in every direction.

Aryankavu

Situated about 73 kms. east of Kollam, Aryankavu is one of the important pilgrim centres of the district. From every early days, it was an important trade route for merchants from either sides of the Western Ghats. The chief attraction of Aryankavu is the Shrine dedicated to Lord Sastha. The temple has some fine sculptures and mural paintings. Thousands of pilgrims flock to this temple during the mandala pooja and Thrikalyanam festivals in December.

Punalur

Punalur is 45 kms. from Kollam on the Kollam-Shencotta railway line and is also linked with Kollam by road .It is one of the important industrial centres of KeralaThe suspension bridge across the Kallada river, erected in 1877, is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft. long. A concrete bridge has been constructed nearby and now the suspension bridge is only of arachaeological interest. The temple here, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, Lord Krishna, Lord Siva and Goddess Bhagavathy, attract huge gatherings during festival season. There are two Roman Catholic Churches too, at Punalur.

Mayyanad

Mayyanad, 10 kms south of Kollam, is noted for its Shrines and temples. The most important temple is the one at Unayanalloor, dedicated to Lord Subramoniya. The shrine is said to have been consecrated by Shri. Snakaracharya of Kaladi.

Courtalam Waterfalls

Courtalam waterfall

 

Though the famous waterfall at Courtalam is situated in Tamil Nadu, it shares the boundary of Kollam also. Season to visit the place is from June to January. The District Tourism Promotion Council offers tourists information and assistance. The office of the council is situated at Ashramam Government Guest House complex

 

 

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