Kollam, also known as Quilon is an old sea port town on the Arabian coast of India. Also known as Desinganadu, Kolam edges the well known Ashtamudi Lake. It has a good commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans.
Kollam District is gifted with unique geographical features like seas, lakes, mountains, plains, rivers, backwaters, streams, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of every variety.
Kollam town, the headquarters of Kollam district and Kollam Taluk, has a hoary past but now is a prosperous commercial centre. It is situated about 71 Km north of Thiruvavanathapuram and is linked by rail, road and backwater transport.Tourism
Palaruvi Falls, Thenmala, the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Ashtamudi backwaters and Kollam beaches are the beautiful tourist destinations in this area. Amongst beaches Kollam city beach, Thirumullavaram beach and Thangassery beach are the most popular.
Backwater Tourism is one of the most attractive activities in Kollam. Ashtamudi Lake, Munroe Island, Alumkadavu and the Paravur are the main backwater destinations of Kollam. Accommodations in resorts and houseboats are a memorable sojourn.
The famous Varkala Beach, also known as the Papanasham, is 26 Km south of Kollam. The Duriyodana temple is in Kunnathur Taluk.
The Sakthikulangara Dharma Sastha Temple famous for the Utsavam must be visited in the month of mid-January and mid-February.How to reach Kollam
Kollam is well linked to all parts of Kerala by bus and train services. Kollam is also connected to neighboring states by regular bus services operated by the KSRTC and the Indian Railways. Kollam does not have an airport; the nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport which is about 65 Km from Kollam.