Difference between revisions of "Kollam"
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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).
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).
RP Mall (K Mall) - it includes Malabar Gold and Watches, Reliance Trends and Footprints, Devi's and Jaji's beauty palours, Mobile Zone, a food court, a game area and many more shops.
Joy Alukkas - It has a gold shop as well has clothes to sell.
Karali: It is a handicrafts shop selling goods made in Kerala. It is located near Hotel Shah International.
Bishop Jerome Nagar: It is a shopping complex with a supermarket, shops selling computers and clothes etc.
Supereme Supermarket: It is located opposite the BSNL office, Chinnakada.
Al Manama Supermarket: It is located near the Kollam City Corporation.
Mani's Supermarket: It is located opposite SN Women's College.
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
Along the Main road you will find many 'Tourist Home' guest house for around 200rupies single room with fan and attached bathroom.