country's cashew trading and processing industry is located in Kollam
It is also an important hub for the state's marine products industry, with
the port of Neendakara being the centre for travelers and ice plants. For
all its natural gifts of wide rivers, dominant hills and forest, lakes and
plains, there is the throb of a vibrant industrial activity. Kollam is
gifted with the representative features - sea, lakes, plains, mountains,
rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of
every variety both food crop and cash crop.
Bustling with industrial activity, Quilon is a place where nature can be
seen at its best. People from places as far as Persia, Arab, Rome and China
traded here. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to set up a trading
centre followed by the Dutch and British. A perfect blend of modernism and
antiquity, the developed city of Quilon brings to the fore the memories of a
There is plenty of seasonal rainfall with a tropical humid climate. The
summer, lasting from March to May, is followed by the monsoon from June to
November. The rest of the year is generally dry. The eight hour boat ride
to Alappuzha is the longest and the most enchanting
experience of backwaters in Kerala
The nearest airport, Thiruvananthapuram, is 72km
Quilon is connected by rail with several important
Quilon is connected by road with many tourist
centres in India.
Places of interest - Kollam
Kollam (Quilon) is a charming old port city on the banks of the
picturesque Ashtamudi Lake is now known more as the centre of cashew
industry. Traces of a once prosperous trade with China are still seen in the
form of Chinese fishing nets, huge Chinese water pots, blue and white
porcelain and sampan-like boats. Kollam
is an inviting gateway to
Kerala's backwaters. For an amazing backwater experience, take the regular
ferry to Alleppey, a rigorous ride lasting more than 8 hours. As the old
ferry putters from one village on the waterfront to another, you are treated
to a full range of lives and activities and some of the most beautiful
scenery imaginable. Shorter cruises are also made in the larger comforts of
the houseboats with idyllic villages such as Alumkadavu as your launch base.
Thangasseri is 5 km from
Kollam town. This seaside village of historic importance has the ruins of an
old Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18th century. The Thangasseri
lighthouse which is 144 ft high, is open to visitors from 1530 - 1730 hrs.
There are buses at 15 minute intervals from Kollam town.
Thirumullavaram is a few kms north of Kollam, it is a
beautiful beach that's well linked by road and with good facilities. This
beautiful beach filled with coconut palms is ideal for an early morning walk
as one can see fishermen gliding into the sea for the days catch. The beach
has good bathing facilities.
Oachira is a unique pilgrim center. Situated 32
km north of the QuilonAlappuzha National Highway. The city has no
temple buildings and no idols. People worship the presiding deity, the
Parabrahmam. Oachira which draws thousands of pilgrims for Oachirakkali, a
festival held annually in June. Another festival held here is Panthrandu
Vilakku in NovemberDecember, which lasts for 12 days. Oachira is
famous for its fancy articles of screw pine mats.
This place is popular 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 consecrated by the great Hindu philosopher Sree
Sankaracharya. There are frequent buses from Kollam to Mayyanad.
Rameshwara Temple :
The influence of the Pandyas is
manifest in its design having inscriptions in Tamil, dating from the 12th to
the 16th centuries. The Vyala monster sculptures in this temple give one the
impression that the creatures are animated and actually climbing up the
stairs with their outstretched paws.
A huge rock at Chadayamangalam, Jatayupara
takes its name from the mythical bird Jatayu in the epic Ramayana, who is
believed to have collapsed on the rock after failing in his attempts to
thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita. The Crafts Festival is held annually
during December-January, featuring the work of craftsmen from all over the
Sasthamkotta is the largest fresh water
lake in Kerala, surrounded by hills on three sides. The ancient Sastha
Temple which lends its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre.
There are frequent bus services from Kollam. Sasthamkotta 29 km from Kollam
Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram :
The residence and
headquarters of Matha Amrithanandamayi Devi, is situated at Amrithapuri near
Vallikavu. The ashram is accessible both by road and boat. Thirumullavaram
beach (6 km north of Kollam town): This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic
centre and has frequent bus connections to the town.
Picnic Village :
This village located at Ashramam, along
the backwater front, is the main centre of 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.