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Kollam

 

Kollam
Telephone access code: + 91 474
Population: 2,584,118(2001 census)
Altitude: Sea level
Air: Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram (75 km)
Rail: Kollam is an important railhead of the southern railways
Road: KSRTC, Central bus station is 3 km away from the railway station.
 
It is a 9th century A.D.town 72 km from Thiruvanathapuram.Kollam (Quilon) has a flourishing trade in Cashewnuts, Tiles and Ceramics products. The delightful backwaters of Kerala begin from this picturesque town, which stands on the shore of the Ashtamudi Lake. A boat trip to Allapuzha through these backwaters is exciting. The Malayalam era (Kollam) is calculated from the date of the founding of this place.Kollam history is interwoven with the trade rivalries between the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English. At Thangasseri, about 5 km away, there is an ancient Fort (now in ruins) built by Portuguese and later acquired by the Dutch.
 
Thangasseri
 
The place was once ruled by Portuguese and so the ruins of Portuguese English and Dutch civilization and the wonderful picturesque view are the main attractions to visit during a tour to Thangasseri. Indeed, Thangasseri is the ideal place where you can easily get the perfect combination of history and natural beauty. The light a house, the old forts and monuments and the long golden beach facing the blue-green water of Arabian Sea.
 
Neendakara :( 8 km from Kollam)
Neendakara is a famous fishing center located towards the northern side of Kollam. There is also a fishing harbour here. The place is near NH-47, 8 km from Kollam. Neendakara Port serves as the intermediary port of Kollam District. It acts as an important hub of fishing activities.
 
Thirumullavaram Beach :( 6 km north of Kollam)
 
About a quiet day far away from the crowd
If that sounds like something you'd really enjoy, check out the secluded Thirumullavaram Beach, a beautiful picnic spot that has been a favorite haunt of locals and tourists alike. Near the beach there is a Mahavishnu temple.
 
Sasthamkotta: (29 km from Kollam town)
The ancient sasthamkotta temple is a famous pilgrim center. The Monkeys of Sasthamkotta that colonize the towering trees are believed to be the loyal followers of the ruling deity, the Dharma Sastha.
 
Alumkadavu: (28 km north of Kollam)
Alumkadavu backwaters are half way on the route to Alappuzha from Kollam. This quiet little backwater village in Karunagapally town is famed for its boat building yard. It is here that the gigantic Kettuvallams (cargo crafts of rural
Kerala) where built.
 
Matha Amrithanandamai Ashram (Vallikavu)
14 km from Alumkadavu, Many of these havens from the pressures and anxieties of modern life are home to monastic and householders who wish to focus on spiritual practice.

The monastic in charge of the Mata Amritanandamayi ashrams regularly hold spiritual discourses and classes and all the ashrams have times for devotees to come and participate in devotional singing, meditation and chanting. Through the branch ashrams, the math conducts regular medical camps, programmes for feeding the poor, distributes pensions to impoverished women, and builds free homes for the poor. The branches also assist in the collection and distribution of free clothes and school books, and some arrange scholarships for deserving children who would otherwise not be able to attend school.
 
Ochira: (34 km north of Kollam)
Ochira is a small town in the district of Kerala which is an important center of pilgrimage. A tour to Ochira will acquaint with the small town of Kollam which is famous as a pilgrim center. Visited by a number of tourists this place is called the Dakshina Kashi of the south. Situated on the border of Kollam and Alapuzha districts, Ochira is a simple little town which gives a kaleidoscopic picture of the Dravidian traditions and their rich cultural heritage.Ochirakali in mid June and the twelve-day Panthradu Vilakku (twelve lamps) festival in November/December are the two main annual festivals.Ochirakali is a mock fight enacted between groups of men dressed as warriors on the Padanilam(battle field),commemorating the historic battle fought between the Kayamkulam and Chempakasseri soldiers.
 
Kulathupuzha: (64 km from Kollam)
Kulathupuzha is known for the Sastha Temple. The Vishnu Mahotsavam in May is the most important festival. The Thenmala Railway station is just 10 km away from here.
 
 
Thenmala: (66 km east of Kollam)
Thenmala in Kerala is the first planned ecotourism destination in India. Predominantly a forest area, Thenmala is a small village, located at the foothills of the Western Ghat Mountains. Thenmala is about 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, (God's Own Country), the southern most state of India. The name Thenmala is derived from two words - 'Then' & 'Mala", in local parlance "Then" means honey and "Mala" means hillock i.e. 'honey hills'. The honey collected from Thenmala forest area is of good quality and of high medicinal value because of the unique floristic composition of the forests. An adventure zone that includes activities like trekking, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling and river crossing. In addition there is the Deer Rehabilitation Center (0600 -1700hrs) as well as the Shenduruney Wilde Life Sanctuary. Only temporary visits are permitted to the interior of the reserve. A major attraction is the boating in the Shenduruney Reservoir.
 
Palaruvi Waterfalls: (75 km from Kollam)
Palaruvi means stream of Milk makes its way down the rocks from a height of 300 ft.The scenic beauty of the place is enhanced by hills, valleys and Waterfalls.
 
 

 
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