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Kollam the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala, located on the edge of the Ashtamudi Lake and surrounded by coconut palms and cashew plantations. Kollam is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry. One of the oldest ports on the Malabar Coast, kollam was one the port of international spice trade Kollam, earlier known as Quilon, is a typical commercial Kerala town. The eight hour boat trip between kollam and allappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of kerala. The district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.

Over the centuries, merchants from all over the world gathered and contributed to the City's reputation as a centre of a flourishing mercantile community. This is borne out by the testimonies of Arab, Chinese, Jewish, and European travellers (Marco Polo, among others). It was also in Kollam that in 1330 AD Friar Jordams was consecrated Bishop of the first Roman Catholic See in India. Kollam's history is interwoven with the trade rivalries between the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English. Further, the Chinese fishing nets along the Ashtamudi Lake are testimony to the trade links with China.
 
     
     
 
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  Mayyanad   Sasthamkotta   Thenmala  
             
  Palaruvi Waterfalls   Picnic Village   Ashtamudi Backwaters  
             
  Thangassery   Jetaya Para   Kulathuppuzha  
             
  Thirumullavaram Beach   Varkala      
             
 
     
     
  Mayyanad  
 
Destination Mayyanad
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type Pilgrim Centre/Holy Place
Activities Pilgrimage/Place of worship
Mayyanad (10 km south of Kollam town) is renowned for its shrines and temples. The most important of the nine temples here is the Subramanya Temple at Umayanallor. The shrine is said to have been sacred by the great Hindu philosopher Sree Sankaracharya.
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  Sasthamkotta  
 
Destination Sasthamkotta
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type Back Waters
Activities Sight Seeing/Pilgrim Centre
Sasthamkotta (29 km from Kollam town): This huge fresh water lake surrounded by hills on three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha Temple which lends its name to the town is an important pilgrim centre.
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  Thenmala  
 
Destination Thenmala
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Thenmala (66 km east of Kollam): Enclosed by dark forest, rubber and tea plantations, Thenmala is home to India's first planned eco-tourism project. Selected by World Tourism Organisation as one of the world's best eco-friendly projects, Thenmala has a leisure zone that includes winding pathways, a sway bridge and a boardwalk; a culture zone with an amphitheatre and a musical fountain and an adventure zone.
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  Palaruvi Waterfalls  
 
Destination Palaruvi Waterfalls
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site/Backwaters
Activities  
Palaruvi Waterfalls (75 km from Kollam): Inundated by the sheer beauty and power of this massive curtain of water and clouds of spray from a height of more than 300 ft. dashing the rocks on it’s way down. Palaruvi which means stream of milk makes is a beautiful picnic spot. Trekking to the waterfalls, bathing in the river are the major attractions.
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  Picnic Village  
 
Destination Picnic Village
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Picnic village situated at Ashramam, along the backwater front, is the main centre for recreational activities in Kollam. A 200 year old Government Guest House, an Adventure Park, a Tourist Boat Club, a Children's Traffic Park and a Yatri Nivas are all housed in this vast tourist complex.
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  Ashtamudi Backwaters  
 
Destination Ashtamudi Backwaters
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type Back Water Tourism
Activities Boating/canoeing,Houseboat Backwater / River cruise
So called because of its 8 arms or channels, Ashtamudi Lake is the gateway to the backwaters. Located in Kollam District, this lake 16 km long and the second largest in Kerala, finds its way into the sea through the Neendakara estuary. The Kollam Boat Club provides boat rides on the lake as well as houseboat cruises.
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  Thangassery  
 
Destination Thangassery
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
Only 3 km from the town at Thangassery stand the ruins of a fort originally constructed by the Portuguese and later taken over the Dutch. There is a light house and visitors are allowed to visit the 144 feet high tower.
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  Jetaya Para  
 
Destination Jetaya Para
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
Jetayu Para, a vast rock, is another attraction in Kollam district. The massive rock is in the Chandayamangalam village on the M.C. road. The name comes from the epic Ramayana. It is believed that Jatayu, the giant bird in the epic, fell after failing in its attemt to stop Ravana from taking Sita away. The rock is ideal for trekking by the lover of adventure. The rock can be seen from the Chadayamangalam Jn. itself.
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  Kulathupuzha  
 
Destination Kulathupuzha
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Kulathuppuzha is located on the Thiruvananthapuram_Shancottah road and is 10 km south of Thenmala Railway Station. Kulathuppuzha is an importane forest range, well known for its elephants. Reed, an essential raw material for paper manufacture at Punalur Paper Mill, is partly supplied from Kulathuppuzha Valley. One of the renowned shrines dedicated to Lord Sastha, is found here and large crowds of pilgrims come for worship during festival seasons. The Vishnu Mahotsava in April-May is the most important festival here. Besides this shrine, there are also three mosques.
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  Thirumullavaram Beach  
 
Destination Thirumullavaram Beach
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type Beaches
Activities Sun Bathing,Swimming/Bathing
Thirumullavaram Beach (6 km north of Kollam town): Escape to the beautiful sandy beaches edged with white clouds, the swaying palms, and the friendly local tourist in known picnic spot.
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  Varkala  
 
Destination Varkala
Location Kollam
State Kerala
Destination type Beaches
Activities Sun Bathing
This town, 51 km north of Trivandrum and 20 km south of Quilon, is known for the Vishnu shrine, dedicated to Lord Janardhana. Varkala is a seaside resort, with mineral water springs on the beach. There is a 2 km-long tunnel cut for the canal route to Quilon and Trivandrum.
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