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 is the nearest airport to this city. There are regular flights from Thiruvananthapuram to all the main cities in India as well as many cities in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Road and train connections to Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram as well as other major cities in Kerala are excellent.
Kollam does not have an airport and Thiruvananthapuram airport is the closest to Kollam. Regular bus and taxi services connect Kollam to the airport which is about 70 kilometres away. Thiruvananthapuram is an international airport and connects to most Middle Eastern cities as well as to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Maldives and Malaysia. All the main cities in India are also well connected to Thiruvananthapuram.
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (TRV) - 57 kms from Kollam
Tentative return flight prices to Trivandrum from major cities in India:
|Starting City||Return price (approximate)|
|Mumbai||₹ 7,091 Non-stop|
|New Delhi||₹ 11,846 Non-stop|
|Bengaluru||₹ 6,006 Non-stop|
|Chennai||₹ 5,456 Non-stop|
|Hyderabad||₹ 6,394 Non-stop|
Kollam has excellent road connectivity, and this is the most important mode of transport for both tourists and locals. There are buses run by private and government operators as well as cars and taxis for hire that can be used to commute to nearby cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Coimbatore. National Highway 66 passes through this town and connects it to the rest of the State.
The rail connectivity of Kollam is also very good, and it connects to most major cities in India. The nearby major cities are about one to two hours away by train and cities in central and northern India can be reached in 20 to 24 hours. This city falls in the Southern division of the Indian Railways and Kollam Junction is the main railway station in this city.
Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam are connected by daily ferries operated by both government and private players, and this ferry takes the canal route that is about 60 kilometres long. Alleppey, Munroe Island, Guhanandapuram, Dalavapuram and Alappuzha are also connected to Kollam by government-operated ferries. Boats from Kollam also go to Minicoy Island in Lakshadweep as this route forms part of a major trade corridor.
From buses and auto rickshaws to taxis and private vehicles, Kollam offers all modes of transportation for its visitors. Where buses are the cheapest mode to commute, taxi offers to be the most convenient way of moving in and around the city. One also has an option to hire private vehicle for self drive which is as per the convenience of the tourists. However, in the end whatever modes you choose do make sure to plan your trip as per the climatic conditions prevalent in the region. Other than that, the pristine beauty of the place complimenting the hustle bustle of the town can bewitch you like no other place.