Mentioned in Greek literature from the first century, Kollam has been a thriving trading port for centuries. Best Known for Ashtamudi Lake. The surrounding region produces pepper (after which the city is named), cashews, coir and other agricultural products. Local communities include Christian, Muslim and Hindu peoples. A historical Chinese population is known to exist, and the town's market is still named after them. Fishing occurs right along the coast as in other parts of Kerala. West and slightly north of the town some 5 kilometres lies a beach, on the north end of which are various European colonial-era relics, including the ruins of a fort and a few churches. There are also some old colonial buildings scattered about the town proper.
Most people will use the numerous north/south trains or come by road. There are numerous local buses on all major roads as you would expect... there's very little need to plan.
- Ashtamudi Lake. Very Famous for BackWater Cruise edit
- Thangassery Church Ruins, (200m north of the Thangassery Fort intersection, on the right-hand side of the road, behind a house). The ruins of a church bell-tower and some adjacent graves and headstones are still standing here behind some local houses. You can probably spot them from the road if you're careful, but ask around and you will likely be shown inside. The locals are Christians and speak English. edit
- summer palace in tangassery, near to Bishop's house (5kms from kollam). you can watch the summer house/palace near bishop's house which is a retreat along the beaches of Arabian sea edit
- Tangassery Cathedral, Infant Jesus Anglo-Indian Boys High School (5kms from kollam). Mainly known as puthenpally,Infant Jesus cathedral is a must see in your visit to kollam. edit
- 13 arch bridge (13 kannara bridge), (8°58'1N 77°5'27E). Pathimoonnu kannara palam" very beautifull sight,The bridge which was constructed during the British regeim using surki construction,A period when cement was not in use.The bridge with its 13 arches still holds strong one of Indias oldest mountain rails (Meter Guage)which once used to be the main trade route between Quilon(kerala)and Tirunelveli(Tamil Nadu).The Rail ride itself is a pleasant experience as the trains passes through dense forests,long tunnels and steeps and slopes edit
- daivamullathil khethram (dalavapuram). reputed temple, sri vishu and mahalekshmi in one place. kindly welcome edit
- Thangassery, (5 km away from Kollam). Place of historical importance, with old 18th century churches, light house and remnants of Portuguese and Dutch forts.It is a melting pot where anglo-indian communities and the common people are found. the culture is quite different fromother parts of kollam.you can attend to English masses in the cathedral.you will find an English speaker anywhere round the place who will be of help to you.There are two Anglo-indian schools near to the cathedral. edit
- Neendakara (Long Shore), (8 km north of Kollam). Famous for its fisheries industries. edit
- Mayyanad, (10 km south of Kollam). Famous for its shrines and temples. edit
- Chavara, (14 km north of Kollam on NH47). Famous for the mineral sand. edit
- Paravur, (13 km south of Kollam). A blessed land of estuary, beaches and backwaters. Famous for coir production center and fishing. edit
- Sasthamcotta, (19 km from Kollam). Biggest freshwater lake in Kerala. edit
- Thangassery Fort, (North end of the harbour). Some limited standing ruins of an old colonial fort. You can see two different sides of the building, the first from the harbour side (where it is visible at some distance), and the second from the opposite side. The site is slightly overgrown so beware of snakes if you venture close. An auto-rickshaw from the Main Road bus stop cost 50 rupees. Free. edit
- Thangassery Lighthouse. 3-5PM. A modern lighthouse in a historic Christian quarter of town that is possible to climb in the afternoons. Best to combine with the Thangassery Fort, as the two sites are in easy and shaded walking distance. Small fee. edit
It's basically eating/shopping/sightseeing
Backwaters tours: Go only Through Hotels like Raviz, Hotel Allseason. They have properly maintained houseboats. DO not Go through Agents and Busstand etc
- JOY ALUKKAS. A shopping mall for dress materials edit
- KMall. A new opened shopping mall. Not far from the ferry station. edit
Riverside in Raviz, good but very expensive
Celebrity Restaurant in Hotel Allseason, good food and view of Ashtamudi
Quilon Beach Hotel Quilon Beach Hotel
Kollam Dum Biriyani
- Biriyani Mint (Kollam Dum Biryani), Kilikollur, . 12PM-22PM. Good place for the authentic Biryani without artificial flavors. edit Learn more
Good vegetarian places set away from the road in the area just north of the Main Road bus stop, before the big traffic roundabout. Meat seekers can eat down the road west of that area.
- Snowfield Ice Cream Shoppe (Bishop Jerome Nagar), Chinnakada. Good place for ice cream and fresh juice. edit
Zircon Lounge Bar in Raviz
Blue Bay Lounge in Hotel Allseason
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.Quilon Beach Hotel
- 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)
- Quilon Beach Hotel, . A 5 Star beach hotel, centrally located. Beautiful Sea view, with wonderful staff. INR. 5999. edit
- 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. edit
- 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. edit
- 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). edit
- Hotel Allseason, Near Thevally Bridge Kollam (near to Kadavoor Church). A Beautiful Hotel on the Lake Ashtamudi edit
- 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 edit
- Fragrant Nature Retreat and Resorts 
- The WelcomHotel Raviz Ashtamudi, Thevally, Mathilil, Kollam (2 KM from the Kollam High School Junction), ☎ 04742751111, . checkin: 14.00 Hours; checkout: 12.00 Hours. The WelcomHotel Raviz Ashtamudi is spread over 5 acres of beautiful landscaped lush green gardens, the hotel is a 5 Star Deluxe and boasts of 93 guest rooms designed with subtle touches while incorporating the finest comforts of contemporary living. 4750 Onward. edit
A single daily boat leaves for Alappuzha (Alleppey) at 10:30AM from the ferry terminal by the bus station, just northeast of the main traffic roundabout. It takes six hours so bring water. In nice weather the shaded top deck is nice and it's a good way to float past and see some backwater Indian culture, including local fishing techniques. The ferry stops halfway for an optional thali at a canal-side hotel. Definitely get this; it's free refills, extremely delicious and a bargain at 70 rupees!
Buses head in all directions.
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