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Kollam Kerala

It is the place where the headquarters of the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation is located. Besides being a major trade centre of cashew, Kollam is also home to the industry of marine products. For a traveler, the backwater town of Kollam has a number scenic wonders in store. Nature has been kind enough to bless the whole region with some of its most wonderful creations. The fact that the town is positioned just at a distance of 71 km from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram has also added to its popularity much more. The town of Kollam experiences a tropical humid climate and also receives a good amount of rainfall.

Activities to Do in Kollam
The town of Kollam is surrounded by numerous backwaters. So, the most wonderful way to start enjoying your holiday in Kollam would be to go on a boat ride. Choose to go on a boat ride along with local fishermen. These local fishermen will be able to tell you a lot about the backwaters.

Kollam and cashew have almost become synonymous. So, do remember to plan a visit to Kollam’s cashew farms. On your cashew farms tour in Kollam, you will get an opportunity to know the techniques and the processing of the same.

While in Kollam, you are surrounded by beaches and backwaters. Located close by is Thirumullavaram beach. Take a drive of 6 km to reach the beach and enjoy swimming and sunbathing at Thirumullavaram.

In and Around
It is interesting to know that almost wherever in Kerala you are, you can easily hop between tourist destinations as they are all located at a few kilometers from one another. Kollam is no exception too. Just move a distance of five kilometers from Kollam and you can be at Thangassery. Here, you can see the ruins of an ancient Portuguese fort, a couple of churches and the lighthouse. Next on your visit list is Mayyanad, visited for its temples and shrines. At a distance of 32 km is Oachira which is famous pilgrimage centre, unique in its sense. The place has no temples or idols of deities yet devotees flock here to worship and seek blessings of Parabraham. During your tour to Kollam, you can also make a visit to Kerala’s largest freshwater lake – Sasthamkotta. There’s yet another pilgrimage centre close to Kollam - Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram. The spiritual centre keeps inviting devotees and pilgrims all the year round.

Where to Stay
Nila Palace, Aquaserene Hotel, Hotel Sudarsan, Vijaya Castle, Hotel Comfort Regency, Shine Tourist Centre, Hotel Sea Bee, Government Guest House, Safire Tourist Home, The Larc Resort, Sika Lodge, Vijaya Palace, Mahalakshmi Lodge, Shan International Hotel, Hotel Prasanthi and Hotel Ambady are among tourist preferred hotels in Kollam.

Kollam Air/ Rail/ Road Link
At a distance of 72 km from Kollam is the international airport of Thiruvananthapuram. Travellers can fly down to Thiruvananthapuram from all the key destinations of India and abroad. Kollam is also quite well linked through an excellent network of rail and road.