Here are the top 44 tourist attractions to see in Kollam:

1. Punalur

4.1 / 5

38 kms
from city center
1 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The town's name translates into 'town of water', the river Kallada flows through the city of Punalur. This town is also known as the 'lap of the Western Ghats' because of its serene natural beauty. Punalur is pretty famous for its pineapples, plywood, pepper and timber. It is also famous for its suspension bridge which was constructed was back in the 19th century by a British national. Punalur also has a bio-reserve known as Agasthyamalai.

2. Palaruvi Waterfalls

Must visit 3.4 / 5

61 kms
from city center
2 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A gorgeous waterfall located on the Kollam-Shencottah Road at Palaruvi is lying at an altitude of 300 feet; the ideal time to enjoy the freshness of the waterfall is from June to January.

3. Karunagappally

Must visit 4.1 / 5 View 5+ photos

20 kms
from city center
3 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Karunagappalli is a small scenic town in the Kollam district of Kerala. The town is a very peaceful one, hence is getting quite famous as a tourism hotspot of Kerala. The most appealing factor which attracts tourists to Karunagappally is the House boat facility in Alumkadavu, which is very close to the Karunagappally town. Recently, Azheekal Beach, also known as the Azheekal Pozhi, is gaining popularity as a local tourist attraction because of its unclustered beauty.

4. Mayyanad

Must visit 3.4 / 5

9 kms
from city center
4 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A hub of many popular shrines for Hindus and Muslims, Mayyanad is situated about 10 km from kollam town. The major attraction of the place being Lord Subramaniam Temple, one can also visit an old mosque and several old churches in the area.

5. Ashtamudi Lake

Must visit 4.1 / 5 View 7+ photos

9 kms
from city center
5 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Ashtamudi Lake located in the Kollam District of the Indian state of Kerala, is the most visited backwater and lake in the state. It possesses a unique wetland ecosystem and a large palm-shaped or octopus-shaped water body, second only in size to the Vembanad estuary ecosystem of the state. Ashtamudi means 'eight coned' (Ashta : eight and mudi : coned) in the local Malayalam language. The name is indicative of the lake's topography with its multiple branches. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and is well known for its houseboat and resorts. Ashtamudi Wetland was included in the list of wetlands of international importance, as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands.

6. Amritapuri

3.6 / 5 View 5+ photos

26 kms
from city center
6 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Amritapuri is the headquarters of Amma's worldwide mission and the spiritual home for Amma's monastic disciples and hundreds of householder devotees. This place, which is aldo her birthplace, now sees her followers from across India and abroad, coming here to have Amma's darshan (sighting). She is said to see each and every one of these followers, listen to their worries, console, encourage, and provide new direction to their lives, resulting from the follower's ardent faith in her.

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7. Pathanapuram

Must visit 4.1 / 5

35 kms
from city center
7 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

One of the major trading hubs of kollam District, Pathanapuram is located about 13 km from Punalur along the shore of the river Kallada. The prime attraction of the area is a festival of Chandanakkudam Mahotsavam organized by the mosque during the months of February and March.

8. Alumkadavu

3.1 / 5

22 kms
from city center
8 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A famous picnic spot located near Kolam-Alappuzha National Waterway, Alumkadavu is place that can mesmerize you with if nature's bounty.

9. Kulathupuzha

3.1 / 5

49 kms
from city center
9 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A small village located on the Thiruvananthapuram-Shencottah Road, Kulathupuzha is renowned for its ancient Sastha Temple. The temple is situated on the banks of River Kulathupuzha and is installed with an idol of Bala Sastha, a form of Lord Hariharaputra.

10. Aryankavu

3.1 / 5

60 kms
from city center
10 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Aryankavu is an important pilgrim hub in the kollam District where lies an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Sastha. The mural paintings on the pillar and walls are quite fascinating.

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11. Pattazhi

3.1 / 5

29 kms
from city center
11 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

One more popular religious center, Pattazhi or Pattazhy is located in Pathanapuram Taluk in kollam District. An ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy is among the major attractions of the area.

12. Shenduruny Wildlife sanctuary, Kollam

3.1 / 5

63 kms
from city center
12 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A part of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Shenduruny Wildlife sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife lovers. Declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984, one can also see Parappara Dam in the forest constructed across the Shenduruny and Kulathupuzha River.

13. Thevalli Palace

3.1 / 5

4 kms
from city center
13 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A place of great historic importance, Thevally Palace is situated on the banks of Ashtamude Lake. Once served as the home of Maharaja of Travancore, it was constructed under the rule of Gauri Parvathi Bai between 1800 and 1819.

14. Pullichira Church

3.1 / 5

7 kms
from city center
14 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Dating back to 16the century AD, Pullichira Church is an ancient building that is mainly renowned for its annual fest. The fest is organized by the church on the first day of the Malayalam calendar or on a Sunday prior to Christmas.

15. Maha Vishnu Temple

3.1 / 5

21 kms
from city center
15 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Considered to be the oldest temple of kollam town, Maha Vishnu Temple was said to have been established and blessed by Lord Parshuram or the mythological creator of Kerala.

16. Shopping in Kollum

3.0 / 5

3 kms
from city center
16 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

kollam is famous for its cashew nut being the largest producers and exporter. So if you are in the town, makes sure you do buy the nuts. Also spices are the specialty of the region along with seas shell products and antique items.

17. Thirumullavaram Beach

3.1 / 5

7 kms
from city center
17 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A perfect place to relax and unwind, to swim and to sunbath, Thirumullavaram Beach is surrounded by calm and serene surroundings. The beach is located hardly 6 km from the kollam town.

18. Boat Rides in Kollam

3.1 / 5

3 kms
from city center
18 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A ride in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala surrounded by peaceful and serene environs is a must for people travelling kollam. The setting sun scattering various hue in the sky is sight to behold along with the enchanting settings of coconut palms on the edges.

19. Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park

3.1 / 5

3 kms
from city center
19 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Lying at a distance of just 2 km from kollam town is Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park which is quite popular as a picnic spot among locals and tourists.

20. Thangassery

3.1 / 5 View 14+ photos

5 kms
from city center
20 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A place of high historical significance, Thangassery is located just 5 km from the main town of kollam. The area houses several old churches said to have established in 18th century.

21. Rameshwara Temple, Kollam

3.1 / 5

0 kms
from city center
21 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Rameshwara Temple is an ancient temple believed to be established in the Pandian style of architecture. The temple features inscriptions that date back to 12th to 16th century.

22. Swimming in Kollam

3.1 / 5

7 kms
from city center
22 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

A beautiful beach town in the Malabar region, Kollam's untouched pristine peacefulness makes the waters of the Arabian Sea a delight to jump into for a refreshing swim.

23. Neendakara Port

3.1 / 5

9 kms
from city center
23 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Neendakara Port situated nearly 8km from kollam Town serves as a major fishing hub in the area. Other than that it is also a headquarters of Indo-Norwegian Fisheries Community Project commenced in year 1953.

24. Oachira

3.1 / 5

29 kms
from city center
24 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Quite a sought after pilgrim center in kollam, Oachira lies on the Kollam-Alappuzha Road. Locals of the area worship Lord Parabrahman who's neither the idol or the temple is present at the site.

25. Jatayu Earth's Centre

3.0 / 5

28 kms
from city center
25 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Jatayu Nature Park is a rock-themed park under construction at Chandamalayam in Kollam district of Kerala, all set to open in August 2017. Built to promote mythology and adventure tourism, the tourism centre boasts of 6D theatre, an audio-visual digital room, cable car and ayurvedic cave resort. It is also a home to umpteen adventure activities including paint ball, laser tag, archery, bouldering, rock climbing, air-rifle shooting etc. The primary attraction of the park however, is the world’s largest stone-cut bird sculpture replicating Jatayu, the mythical bird from Ramayana.

26. Sasthamcotla Lake

3.1 / 5

16 kms
from city center
26 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Sasthamcotla Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Kerala and said to have derived its name from an ancient Sastha Temple located near the lake. The lake is the biggest source of drinking water for the residents of kollam town.

27. Kottukkal Cave Temple

32 kms
from city center
27 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The Kottukkal Cave Temple is a beautiful and serene rock-cut shrine. It is an excellent example of rock cut architecture that prevailed between the 6th and 8th centuries CE and is looked at with awe by architecture students as well as pious devotees alike.

28. Kollam Pooram

3.0 / 5

3 kms
from city center
28 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The annual Kollam pooram takes place every year in April, organised in connection with the festival of the Asramam Sri Krishnaswami temple, at the Asramam maidan. The festival is widely popular, and witnesses a large amount of footfall each year. A grand procession of elephants arrive from different temples, the most famous among them being from the Thamarakulam Sri Mahaganapathy Temple and the Puthiyakavu Bhagawathy Temple. The kudomattam then takes place, which is a display of colorful umbrellas atop traditionally decked elephant, to the beats of drums known as melam. The puram ends with a fireworks display at night.

29. Thangassery Lighthouse

5 kms
from city center
29 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The Thangassery Light House, also known as the Tangasseri Light House, boasts of being the second tallest lighthouse on the entire coast of Kerala and is thus even one of the most visited lighthouses in Kerala on this account.

30. Panmana Ashram

84 kms
from city center
30 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Better known as the Mahasamadhi Peedom of Sree Chattampy Swamikal, the Panmana Ashram is reputed all across the country for being an excellent centre of learning and service. This unique sacred place is located just 18 kilometres to the north of the Kollam City, and witnesses a large footfall each day due to the huge number of people who visit the ashram in the quest for spirituality.

31. Munroe Island

11 kms
from city center
31 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The Munroe Island, also known as Mundrothuruthu, is a picturesque and magnificent inland island renowned for its splendid beauty and scenic views and adds to the sheer beauty and charm of the already intriguing God's own country. This hidden treasure comprises of 8 islands in total, all of which are separated by small water channels and lakes.

32. Kollam Beach

3 kms
from city center
32 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Voted as the first 'Beach Wedding Destination' in Kerala, the Kollam Beach requires no introduction. This scenic and breathtaking natural wonder is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Beach and boasts of pristine blue waters that seem to unite with the bright sky at an infinite distance, while tourists marvel at the sheer magnificence of the majestic scene.

33. Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary, Kollam

66 kms
from city center
33 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is like a treasure trove for all nature lovers, photographers, archaeologists and biologists since the place is home to endless flowering plants, birds and trees. The vast floral and faunal variety that is found here is what attracts tourists from all across the country, and lures them to come and spend a day in silence and tranquillity at the wildlife sanctuary.

34. Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls

65 kms
from city center
34 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Known for its clear blue waters that cascade from majestic heights, the Kumbhavurutty Waterfall boasts of being on the top of the list of the most beautiful and magnanimous waterfalls in Kerala, and this scenic spot never fails to enthral tourists with its splendid views and colourful hues of the water fallings from a height of twenty-five metres.

35. Oachira Temple

29 kms
from city center
35 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The Oachira Temple is one of the most famous and sacred places that can be found in Kerala, or for that matter, all over the country. The temple is dedicated to ParaBrahma, who is better known as Shiva or Ohmkaram, which is the Universal Consciousness. This means that the temple has no fixed or prescribed mode of worship and that consciousness is given the highest value here.

36. Achankovil River

60 kms
from city center
36 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The river is a scenic spot that tourists especially love to visit to enjoy the splendid views of nature. The tranquillity and serenity that Achankovil offers make it one of the most famous and loved tourist spot in all of Kerala. Besides, Edappon, a spot famous for its flora and fauna, also lies on the banks of the river, and this haven is also a must visit spot.

37. Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi Kshethram

21 kms
from city center
37 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram is a famous pilgrim centre that is located in southern India, in Kottarakkaram, twenty-five kilometres away from Kollam. Considered to be one of the most important Maha Ganapathi Temple in all of Kerala, the temple is believed to be centuries old.

38. Infant Jesus Cathedral

5 kms
from city center
38 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

The Infant Jesus Cathedral is a magnificent church that is located in Tangasseri. The beautiful church with its marvellous architecture and spellbinding interiors is indeed a sight to behold on Sundays, that is the day of the Mass when not only the Roman Catholics but people from all sects and religions come to seek the blessings of Jesus Christ.

39. Thangasseri Beach

5 kms
from city center
39 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Thangasseri Beach is located around 6 km away from Kollam in the tiny twee village of Thangasseri. The major highlight of the 3 kms long beach is the magnificent lighthouse situated on the shores which attracts a lot of tourist influx.

40. Paravur Beach

13 kms
from city center
40 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Paravur is a beautiful beach- backwaters destination, around 20 kms south of Kollam. With a thin stretch of narrow land dividing the sea and Pravur lake, the beach is ideal to sit and gaze at the natural beauty. The presence of strong currents make it unsuitable for swimming or other water activities.

41. Azheekal Beach

31 kms
from city center
41 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Located at a distance of 40 km from Kollam, Azheekal is a small town surrounded by water on three sides. The beach is known for the clear brown shores, shimmering blue waters and a picturesque landscape.

42. Paravur Lake

9 kms
from city center
42 out of 44
places to visit in Kollam

Paravur Lake or better known as Paravur Kayal is a popular lake in Kollam, Kerala. The lake is comparatively small and is one of the smaller lakes in the state. It is the end part of Ithikkara River and is also fed by the waters of the river.

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