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Quilon Beach Hotel,a five star hotel, has an excellent Bar that serves all varieties of drinks and also features restaurants that serve fresh sea-food, continental and Indian cuisine.[http://www.qresorts.in Quilon Beach Hotel]
 
  
 
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Kollam is a city in Kerala in India.

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Kollam (Quilon)

Kollam or Quilon, is mentioned in the Greek literature from the first century. The city lies between the sea on one side and the beautiful Ashtamudi Lake on the other. Kollam has been a thriving trading port for centuries, but not any more. The Government is in the process of reviving trade, for which a new port and a artificial harbour has been constructed. The surrounding region produces pepper, cashews, coir and other agricultural products. Local communities include Christians, Muslims and Hindus The city's main market is named Chinnakadda, it is a break up of two words, China and Kadda meaning a shop. Ancient Kollam and China were trade partners for a long period of time. Fishing occurs right along the coast as in other parts of Kerala. Quilon Beach, which is not suitable for swimming due to a continental shelf, is the closest. The other being the Thirumullavaram Beach which is around 5 kilometers from the center of the city. Tangassery, an old part of Kollam City, was formerly a Portuguese colony. It starts when you enter a gateway called Kaval, in the local language. The area later on was taken over by the British. There lies an old Duch fort (now in ruins), the light house, an old Duch, Portuguese and British cemetary (pratically invisible), the former residence of the Duch Governor now the present Bishop's Palace, Old Churches etc.

How to reach

By Train Kollam / Quilon is well connected by a good number of trains wih all the states. It is a Junction and has the railway code of QLN. You can travel to Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras) or Bangalore or come in from these places.

By Bus The city is situated on the National Highway 47. The KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport) station connects the city with a number of round the clock bus services. Long distance buses too operate from as far as Mysore in Karnataka to cities in Tamil Nadu.

By Air The nearest Airport is the Trivandrum International and Domestic Airport. The airport is around 70 kilometers from the city and one can reach under 2 hours from there.

On Road The National Highway 47 and 208 pass through the city.

By a backwater cruise The District Tourism Promotional Council (DTPC) conducts daily a cruise starting from the Kollam Boat Jetty located near the KSRTC Bus Stand. It starts at 10:30 AM and costs Rs.300 per person. It is an 8 hour cruise to Alappuzha (Alleppey). You can contact DTPC at India Code(91)Area code(474) Telephone numbers (2253308 / 2251796).

By a Seaplane The Government has inagurated the service but the commercial service is yet to begin. Will update once the details are out. It will connect Kollam (Quilon) with Alappuzha (Alleppey).

Do

It's basically eating/shopping/sightseeing. Don't swim in the water as there's a large amount of unprocessed sewerage.

Backwaters tours: Go to the lake at the end of the Hospital Road, you can book tours for 400rupies half day at the DTPC Office or other agencies. They have tours at 8am and 2pm(minimum 2 people).

Buy

  • JOY ALUKKAS. A shopping mall for dress materials
  • KMall. A new opened shopping mall. Not far from the ferry station.


Eating out

All Spice: It is located near Chinnakadda circle, opposite the BSNL Office. It offers Continental, Arabic, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisines. (Veg and Non Veg)

Floret: Located in RP Mall (K-Mall), it offers Arabic, Indian, Thai, Fast food, etc. (Veg and Non Veg)

Wok and Grill: It is located in Lekshminada and offers authentic Chinese and Arabic food. (Veg and Non Veg)

Hotel Prashanti: It has a vegetarian resturant only and serves only south Indian cuisine.

Hotel Aryas: It is located opposite Upasana Hospital and is a totally vegetarian resturant.

Hotel Guru Prasad: It is located on the main road and serves cheap and good food. (only Veg)

Hotel Padma: It is located on the main road and serves cheap and good food. (only Veg)

The Quilon Beach Hotel: It is a 5 star hotel located besides the Kollam beach, it has buffets as well as Ala Carte (Veg and Non Veg)

Raviz: It is 5 star hotel located in Kadavoor, a 15 minutes drive from the city center. It has buffets as well as Ala Carte (Veg and Non Veg)

If you want to be on the safe side please stick to drinking mineral water. Italic text

Sleep

Budget

Along the Main road you will find many 'Tourist Home' guest house for around 200rupies single room with fan and attached bathroom.

  • Karuna Residency. (Main road). Double/Single rooms and dormitory.
  • Sri Uma Maheswara Tourist Home. Situated in front of the hindu temple in the Main road.
  • Lakshmi Tourist Home (very near the Sri Uma Mahesware Tourist Home)

Medium/Luxury

  • Quilon Beach Hotel, [1]. A 5 Star beach hotel, centrally located. Beautiful Sea view, with wonderful staff. INR. 5999.
  • Fragrant Nature Retreat and Resorts [2]
  • Government Guesthouse, (Northeast of town). Whilst the old building is of some interest, in mid 2011 the guesthouse appeared closed "for renovations" without a particular date of re-opening ("real soon now", they said). There is no sign on the building, but auto-rickshaw drivers can take you there for 20 rupees from the main road bus stop. A long way from anywhere, if you do try it and it's open then you are probably guaranteed peace and quiet.
  • Nani Hotel, (Next to Main Road bus stop, east of the market area). Excellent location. For slightly more money than the government-run Tamarind Hotel (miles from anywhere, and nothing special) this place gets you a much nicer environ and location. Reception staff speak excellent English, others apparently cannot. At checkin I was told that no fan rooms were available, and was forced to pay for AC. However, upon complaining about the tax it was quickly considered included in the room rate instead of added on as usual: worth trying. Wifi is available but is charged at 50 rupees/hr, or 300 rupees/24hr: you wonder why the bothered installing it! ~1200-1600(maybe+tax) rupees for fan/AC rooms.
  • Tamarind Hotel, (Near the Government Guesthouse). An inconvenient location and poor value for the price make this a terrible selection, save for the view out over the water. The rooms are spacious, just about three times what you'd expect them to cost. A classic study in a government-run business... all the makings of success, but none of the right decisions, and an evidently rapidly progressing trend toward total apathy. ~1200 incl. tax for an AC room (No fan rooms available).
  • Raviz, asramon,kollam (near to DTPC,kollam). A new luxury hotel on the banks of the L. Ashtamudi.Costlier rates compared to others but the stay will be worth it

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