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Kollam

3.4 / 5 56 votes

State rank: 32 out of 40 Places To Visit In Kerala


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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: Sep-Feb (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum (Check Flights)

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Kollam Tourism

Steeped in rich past, entangled with unique culture and attributed with nature divine, Kolam lies on the southwest coast of India and has many more hidden treasures troves to be explored. It is one of the oldest ports in Arabian Sea bustling with the activities since the time of ancient Rome.

Chinese, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch and British, all have tried their hands on trading spices and cashew crops from this famous port. In fact till date, the place has retained its commercial importance especially being a largest producer and exporter of finest quality of cashews. Sitting deftly on the shores of Ashtamudi Lake, the town is highlighted with several temples and mosques while the serene and tranquil backwaters offers an unwinding experience of luxurious boat ride. Where the main town is buzzing with activities and hectic, the surroundings compliments it with just the chattering of waves, swaying of coconut palms, calm and green cashew plantations and rustic image of traditional villages. Perfect weather, delicious food and enchanting views of the town never fail to lure tourists from all around the globe.

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Hotels in Kollam

Top Hotels in Kollam

  • All Season’s D’Fort Ayurvedic Resort

    INR 1,250 /night onwards

  • Fragrant Nature Lake Resort & Spa

    INR 3,750 /night onwards

  • The Raviz Resort and Spa, Ashtamudi

    INR 4,150 /night onwards


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The Ashtamudi lake is a famous attraction in Kollam. Ashta means eight and mudi means cone, thus referring to the unique shape of the lake like a palm tree or an octopus. It has a dense wetland ecosystem and has been included in the list of internationally important wetlands, as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands. The lake many beautiful resorts along its banks, and is a famous backwaters tourist attraction. The scenic location - palms and coconut trees interspersed with houses, provides livelihood to many of the local populations and has also served as a muse to inspire many writers, included the renowned poet Thirunalloor Karunakaran.

Kollam is a city built on the banks of the Ashtamudi lake, and the other side lies the Lakshadweep Sea. It has been a vital seaport since ancient times and even today is a hub of trade. If you have just enough time to squeeze in a few vacation days and cannot spend too much time on travel, Kollam is the place for you.

The beautiful beaches like the Kollam Beach, Tangasseri Beach and Thirumullavaram beach are all located a few kilometres away from the city centre, and you can enjoy any activities like water sports, scuba diving, snorkelling as well as the food and famous Kerala massage on the sea shore. The Tangasseri beach also has a lighthouse and port built by the Portuguese and is a major tourist attraction today. The Ashtamudi lake, apart from supplying most of the fresh water the city needs is also a crowd puller and the day cruise on the backwaters in the city is an activity that must be on every tourist's list.

Kollam or Quilon, as it was formerly known, has a rich history starting with its importance as a commercial centre and trading port since the Chera dynasty of the 3rd century. The Chera dynasty ruled this city for over 1000 years, and this was one of the major cities during that time. Later, it became the capital of Venad, and during this period, it was the hub of literary, artistic and spiritual activity. Kollam is a very ancient city that has been inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians. The Kingdom of Quilon was also known as Desiganandu and was established in 825 AD as the premier city of the Malabar region. It is believed that the city was founded by two East Syrian bishops Mar Sabor & Mar Proth, who also built the famous Kollam port. Quilon finds a mention in the tales of several famous travellers and traders including Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo. Quilon later also attracted the European forces. The Portuguese were the first to arrive, followed by the Dutch and the British.Following the Battle of Quilon in 1809, which lasted only 6 hours, the British East India Company defeated the Travancore kings who were then controlling the city and established their rule which lasted till India’s independence in 1947. Trade activities with China, the Middle East and South East Asia were thriving and remains of the commodities traded like coins, pottery and beads had been discovered from the seabed in 2014. Today the city has a mix of Ancient Hindu, Islamic, Portuguese and British architecture.


kollam is a coastal town famous for its delicious and lip smacking sea food. The town is flanked with plethora of good restaurants all offering the authentic traditional flavors of Kerala including that of crab, prawns, fish and squids.
Tapioca and spicy fish curry are few of the popular dishes of the region. Also make sure to try out different types of cashew nuts grown in the region.

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Day 1: Arrive in Kollam early in the morning, have breakfast and proceed to the Tangasseri Lighthouse, one of the oldest and tallest in India. Since this is located at a distance from the city, enjoy the traditional food in Tangasseri and return to the town in the evening. Visit Ashtamudi lake in the evening and watch it glisten in the evening sunshine.

Day 2: The next day, start early and proceed to the Thirumullavaram beach. Spend time lazing beside the sparking water and golden sand. In the evening, enjoy the vistas of the city and visit some of the famous temples Kollam has.

Day 3: If you want to see the real Kollam away from the hustle bustle of the usual tourist spots, Munroe Island is a perfect place. After reaching this island by boat, spend the day on the island interacting with the local people and witnessing the breathtaking avian and marine life around this island. You could also visit Kollam beach on any of the days when you have free time since this is very near to the city centre.

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Kollam Reviews

5 months ago by Arun Krishnan

Jadayu Earth centre,chadayamangalam, Ayoor

5 months ago by Shashwat Kant

- Make sure you carry a camera to capture the essence of charm oozing out of the city.- Avoid travelling the city during summers owing to hot and dry weather and scorching heat.- Take all the required precautions while indulging in any sport activity.

4 months ago by ahammadkabeer abm

Munroe is the beautiful and heart touching island i really like it etc.....Thank you all

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Holidify's Opinion

  What's Great?

Unexplored tourist destination. Breathtaking beaches. Authentic Keralite food. Convenient and comfortable travel.

  What's not so Great?

Summer heat can be very oppressive. The more beautiful and untouched beaches are remote. Very few people speak Hindi and English and Malayalam are the commonly spoken languages.

For Whom

If you are looking to sit back and relax while enjoying the rustic culture and food of Kerala, Kollam is the perfect place. It is a beach lover's paradise and is the ideal location for capturing that brilliant profile picture. It is also a very popular destination for family vacations.

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How to Reach Kollam

Kollam is located in the extreme south of India along the Western coast and is close to Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Coimbatore. Kollam does not have an airport, and the Thiruvananthapuram airport... (Read More)

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