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Kollam - Prince of Arabian sea OR Cashew Capital of the World OR Gateway to backwaters

STATE - KERALA
   
DISTANCE - 71 Km From Thiruvananthapuram

 
CONNECTION
 
AIR : Thiruvananthapural (71 Km) Nearest Airport.
 
RAIL : Kollam Junction connected daily to Mumbai by Kanyakumari and Quilon Expresses.
 
ROAD : NH-74 to Kollam via Mangalapuram. N-H-220 to Theni and  N-H-208 to Thirumangalam.
 
ABOUT KOLLAM
 
Kollam’s East borders Tamil Nadu, South Thiruvanathapuram , West Arabian Sea and North Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts. Kollam has commercial and trading reputation from ancient times. Its port attracted Arabs, Portuguese, Greeks, Chinese and British for trading. Kollam is the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kollam.Kollam is proud of keeping its tradition in tact. For grandeur, heart-stirring excitement, fun and merriment, the place is Kollam. It is an old seaport town on the banks of Ashtamudi lake. The shrines of Christian, Muslim and Hindu are built in traditional ornate architecture.

All the enjoyable sights are within the radius of 10-km of the town. Thirumullavaram and Thangassery beaches, Neendakara port, Colonial relics, churches, temples and mosques among the sights other than Ashtamudi Lake are worth visiting.

Adventure Park at Ashramam, run by District Tourism Promotion Council, which is a vantage spot to overview Ashtamudi Lake, Rest House, built in 1810 in a smart blend of European and Kollam architecture brilliance are unavoidable from the tour-kit. The Residency Bunglow is a fine heritage piece with wide compound and high-ceiling rooms furnished with vintage teak furniture.
 
PLACES OF INTERESTS IN KOLLAM
 
Thangasseri : Located 5 Km from Kollam city, Thangasseri is historically important as the ruins of Portughese & Dutch structures. 18th century church are also evident here. The 3 km long beach has a light house.

Thirumullavaram Beach : Thirumullavaram Beach is about 6 kms north of Kollam. This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic centre.

Mayyand : Mayyad is 10 kms south of Kollam and noted for its shrines and temples. The most important of the nine temples here is the subramanya temple at umayanallor.

Thirumullavaram Beach : It is located 6 km from Kollam city. Is a beautiful quiet beach and historically important.

Thevalli Palace : This is a beautiful and historically renowned palace situated on the banks of Ashtamudi Kayal (backwater) Sasthamkotta 26 Km. north-east of Kollam city. Sasthamkotta is situated on the bank of Kallada river. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Sastha. Sasthamkotta lake The place in known for the Sasthamkotta fresh water lake. The natural gift is set amidst scenic surroundings covered by hills on the three sides.

Thenmala : 70 km from Kollam, Thenamal is a small hill town amidst thick forest. Thenmala is an interesting picnic spot to enjoy natural scenery. The main attraction is trekking. Boating facility also available. Best Season - September to January

Thenmala Deer Park : The another attraction of Thenmala is the Deer Park. Thenmala Rock are about 5000 year old, which are worth seeing.

Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum : Kottarakkara Thamburan Kathakali Museum, is the memorial of Kottarakkara Thamburan (King) the father of the Kathakali. Exhibited here are various models of Kathakali, Kathakali classes and ornaments, rare musical instruments, sculptures, models of mohiniyattam and other classical dances, 108 natya Kiranangal (Dance Sings) etc.
 
RELIGIOUS PLACES IN KOLLAM

  • Oachira Temple
  • Kottarakkara Ganesh Temple
  • Asramam Sreekrishna Swamy Temple
  • Ammachiveedu Temple

WHEN TO GO
 
Kollam is a beautiful place of Kollam and an ideal place to visit anytime of the year. In Kollam, weather and climate is pleasant throughout the year and the vast green expanse keeps the heat in control. With pleasant weather throughout the year, this beautiful place can be visited anytime without any hassles. Read on further to know about Kollam weather forecast.
 
WEATHER
 
The place experiences pleasant summers and extremes in temperature are practically unheard of. The average temperature is around 25° Celsius to 32° Celsius. Summers usually begin from March and extend till May. The monsoons begin by June and end by September, cooling down the temperature. The place receives an annual average rainfall of 200 cms. The place experiences winters from December to February and temperature ranges from 18° Celsius to 25° Celsius.



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