kollam Travel Guide

Welcome to Kollam

Kollam,The Cashew Capital of the World 

Introduction 
Kollam is a beautiful backwater town which is located in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a coastal city which is located on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. The city hosts the administrative offices of Kollam district and is a prominent trading city for the state. The town can be seen as sandwiched between the Ashtamudi Lake and Arabian Sea. The town lies in the lower quarters that towards the south of the state. Kollam shares its eastern borders with the state of Tamil Nadu, the northern side is bounded by Pathanamthitta, the southern by Trivandrum, and towards the west lies the stretched out Lakshwadeep islands of the Arabian Sea. This place is idyllic for people wanting a quick romantic getaway during rains for a couple of days. Apart from this, Kollam is known for its coir manufacturing units, pepper production and cashew plantations. Moreover, over 2,000 factories and industrial units churning out products as diverse as coir, chemicals, ceramics, minerals and seafood make it the most industrialised district of the State.

History 
Kollam is world famous for its historic importance and business culture. The history of the district as an administrative unit can be traced back to 1835, when the Travancore state consisted of two revenue divisions with headquarters at Kollam and Kottayam. At the time of the integrating of Travancore and Cochin in 1949, Kollam was one of the three revenue divisions in the state. These three revenue divisions were converted into districts. Shencottah taluk was merged with Madras state consequent on the implementation of the state Reorganisation Act of 1956. Apart from this, Kollam is well known by different names like Desinganadu and Quilon. Even from the period of Phoenicians and Romans, Kollam was held in a very good commercial estimation. There was a very good rapport between Kollam and China regarding trade which even exchanged embassies and this is inturn led to lot of Chinese settlement in Kollam.

Tourism 
Kollam is a nice place to visit in Kerala. It is fast emerging as an important tourist destination of the region. Some of the major tourist attractions in Kollam include Palaruvi Waterfalls, Ashtamudi Lake, Mahatma Gandhi beach and park, Thirumullavaram beach, Kulathupuzha, Karunagappally, Amritapuri, Neendakara port, Achencoil and many more.

Places to visit 

Palaruvi Waterfalls
Palaruvi Waterfalls is a major tourist destination which is situated on the Kollam-Shencottah road. The height of the waterfall is about 300 feet. The best time to visit this place is between the months of June and January.

Ashtamudi Lake
Ashtamudi Lake is one of the most beautiful Lake located in the Kollam city. Kallada River is the main river flowing into this lake. It is also popularly known as the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala.

Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park
Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park is a nice place to visit which is just 2 kms away from the Kollam town. The park was inaugurated in the year of 1961. It is suitable for taking long walks along the shoreline.

Neendakara Port
Neendakara Port is a must visit place which is just 8 kma away from the Kollam town. It is regarded as the major hub for fishing. This place is also the headquarters of the Indo-Norwegian Fisheries Community Project started in 1953.

Area73 kmĀ²
Population397419
LanguageMalayalam, English
Pin Code691

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