Thangasseri welcomes visitors with a greater range of beach activities, than they experience in most other Kerala beaches. 

Surfing, scuba diving, catamaran riding and speed boating are the usual reasons to travel to Thangasseri. The beach here is uniformly appealing- those who passively sun bathe like it as much as those who actively venture out for deep sea fishing.


Village of gold

The town of Thangasseri boasts a rich historical past. The name itself means village of gold indicating the days when gold was used as a currency and local trade was thriving.

Kollam being the cashew capital of Malabar Coast, European powers were often attracted to there. Incidentally, nearby Thangasseri witnessed successive settlements of Portuguese, Dutch and British who were always fond of fighting one another, not so much for fun, but for wealth and power.

Thangasseri Fort

The stamp of bygone era is still visible in the form ruins of centuries old Portuguese fort. Thangasseri Fort is a historical monument under Archaeological Survey of India.

Authorities are contemplating on restoring the last remaining walls to a complete historical building.


Thangasseri beach light house

Thangasseri beach light house was built a century ago to guide fishermen and sailors, along the reef riddled coastal waters. Visitors are permitted to climb to the top of the 144 ft high tower, during the afternoon hours of 3.30 till 5.30. 

Tower top rejoices spectators with spectacular view of sea and shore. Water forms multiple curves around palm filled land adjoining the sleepy town.


Beach side stalls

Several shops near the beach sell handicraft items and souvenirs. Theme here is coir, coconut materials and sea shells. Handcrafted by local artisans, these articles demonstrate refined ethnic craftsmanship. They cast a distinct local feel over those enjoying a beach side Thangasseri tour.

Alternatively, you can shop souvenirs from Kollam town. 

There are also a few beach side eateries, those who fond of kerala snacks can indulge in Vada, Parippu vada, and Pappada Vada and the likes.



Budget to luxury accommodations are available at Kollam, for those who intend to spend a few days in this region.

Kollam town, the district head quarter, has several shopping precincts and variety of restaurants.


Thangasseri beach - Facts at a glance

District : Kollam


Nearest towns : Kollam town at 5 Kms

Bus Station : Kollam bus stand

Railway Station : Kollam Railway Station 

Air port : Trivandrum Int’l Airport (TRV) at 70 Kms

Food Options : There are some eateries at Thangasseri. Several restaurants in Kollam town

Accommodation Options : A range of Hotels and lodges in Kollam town. 

Thangasseri or ‘Dutch Quilon’ as it was called, was once a British enclave. Meaning ‘gold village’ in local parlance, this was the hub of a flourishing trade that used gold as currency. This seaside village of historic importance shelters the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built during the 18th century. It is situated 5 km away from Kottayam town in the state of Kerala.

The famed lighthouse of Thangasseri was built in 1902 and stands 144 ft high. The beacon can be seen up to 13 miles out at sea. Check out the lighthouse at Thangasseri which is open to visitors from 1530 - 1730 hrs.

Get to see the sun setting and the moon rising simultaneously at Thangasseri on the drive down the Lighthouse Road, which gives you a breathtaking view of the sea as well.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kollam Junction Railway Station is about 2.9 km away
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is 59 km away

Best Season: 
August to March

Emergency Details: 
0476-2750170 (DTPC).

Transport Terminals: 
Kollam (5 km away)

How to Reach: 
Nearest Railway Station:Kollam, about 5 kms away
Nearest Airport:Thiruvananthapuram International Airport about 66 kms towards the south, from Kollam town

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