Kollam or Quilon is a famous coastal town and an old sea port located in the south of Kerala state, with a long wide coastline along the Arabian Sea in the West.
Kollam district is the starting point of the Ashtamudi Lake, which is considered to be the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and is a world famous tourist destination.
The district is well known for cashew processing and coir manufacturing, it was a well renowned trading point for spices in the ancient times. The district is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in Kerala and is a leading center for fishing in the state.
Tourism plays an important part in the economy; people are visiting the place since medieval time and are increasing in number ever since. Scenic landscape with plains, mountains, lakes, lagoons and backwaters along with lush green forests, farmland and serene beaches makes Kollam a proud part of “Gods own Country-Kerala”. A boat cruise starting from the Ashtamudi backwaters in Kollam to backwater networks in the adjoining district of Alappuzha and further is a delightful experience; also there are many mosques, churches, temples and many ancient monuments to visit in Kollam.
Places to visit at Kollam:
Thangassery Light House
The Ananda Valleeswaram Temple
Ashramam picnic village