Major tourist attraction – pristine beaches, beautiful palace and backwater tourism
Languages – Malayalam, Hindi and English
Kollam offers many interesting places for the tourists delight. The city is full of many visiting places such as palace, beaches, museums and monuments. It is situated on the bank of Ashtamudi Lake in the Gods own country, Kerala. It is hub of cashew trading as well as processing industry of the country. It offers an impeccable blend of tradition, hospitality and scenic surrounding. It is often called as dreamland of the Kerala state. The city is counted among the some off oldest forts on the India and has been drawing attention of international countries from ancient time. It was also capital city of Venad kingdom. Once it was famous international port for spice treading
This coastal city is considered as gateway to the splendid backwaters of the Kerala. The city is blessed with many natural gifts like lakes, canals, beaches, rivers, forests as well as dominant hills, to make it major tourist destination. It was an important center of learning and culture. It is also industrial town and home too many industries like handloom industry, clay, jute, match box as well as wood based industries. It is a land of processions with decorated elephants, drum beats and trumpets.
Munroe island, Kollam
Major tourist attraction
Thevally palace is as magnificent piece of architecture and very famous heritage building. It is located on the serene banks of Ashtamudi Lake and built in 19th century by Rani guri Parvati Bai. The architecture of the building is mixture of Dutch, Portuguese and British styles architecture. The structure of the palace is made of laterite and plaster.
Ashtamudi backwaters provide an excellent opportunity to tourists to see the beauty of nature from close quarters. Cruise ride through lake enjoying scene formed by palm groves and coconut trees, would surely delightful. Tourists can enjoy night stay during houseboat tour. The houseboat is luxurious and fully equipped with modern amenities like kitchen, entertaining options, furnished bed rooms and balconies.
Mahatma Gandhi beach is a beautiful stretch of sandy shores and most famous leisure spots of the city. The park, adjutant to beach is a preferred location to relax and stroll. The park and beach attracts number of tourists for enjoy the picturesque scene of sin kissed shorelines, white sands and palm trees. The place offers rejuvenating experience to the tourists.
Thirumullavaram beach is well known for its golden colored sand and calm waves. The blue water is shallow and the place is ideal for swimming. It is perfect place for sunbathing also because of peaceful environs.
Murone Island is a cluster of eight small islands. Today it is much sought tourist destination because of it various sightseeing options, tranquility and scenic beauty. It has two beautiful temples and an ancient Church built in the year 1878. Tourists can do here many activating like fishing, bird watching and sightseeing.
Thangasseri beach is renowned for its beauty, bordering palm trees and white sand. It is part of Old Portuguese colony. It has a length of more than 3 kilometers. The 144 feet high lighthouse and fort are other major tourist’s attractions of this place. Tourists can be engaged in spot activities like para sailing, fishing, catamaran riding and scuba diving here.
Kollam has essentially tropical climate with cool winters and tyrannical summers. Monsoons receive average shower of rains between 1110 mm to 1500 mm. summers are hot and humid here with average 35 degrees temperature. Winters are comparatively cool and pleasant with average 20 degrees temperature.
Best time to visit
People, who cannot bare heat, avoid this place in summers between Marchs to May. It is ideal place to visit except summers. Best time to visit is between Novembers to February because of excellent climatic conditions. This period is ideal for sightseeing and enjoying beach activities.
How to reach
By road – Kollam is important city of the state and well connected by wide road network with other cities of the state. Tourists can heir bus from cities like Kochi, Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Mangalore and many more.
By train – city has its own railway station. It is important industrial as well as tourist destination, hence well connected with regular trains with rest of the country.
By air – Trivandrum is the nearest airport to reach city by flight, at a distance of 71 kilometers. It is an international cities and offers daily flight to other part of the world. Domestic tourists can take flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore to reach here.