The go to destination for types of travellers, be it family, kids and couples, Kollam (Quilon) is, however, mostly preferred.
Kollam (Quilon) is mostly preferred by travellers. The go to destination for types of travellers, be it family, kids and couples, Kollam (Quilon) is, however, mostly preferred. The best season or months to visit places in Kollam (Quilon) are February, November, December. There are 24 tourist places in Kollam (Quilon), which can be explored by travellers. Local attractions can be visited at any time of the day, be it early morning, afternoon, evening or night, as suitable for travellers. Sightseeing in Kollam (Quilon) can be done by travellers, which will take half a day or one day, but to see all sightseeing places, travellers need to stay in Kollam (Quilon) for 2 days to 3 days.
Travellers can also download HolidayIQ.com's Kollam (Quilon) Travel Guide to learn about places to visit in Kollam (Quilon), browse through photos & pictures, explore Kollam (Quilon) using a map, and read sightseeing reviews. Recently reviewed tourist attractions in Kollam (Quilon), which are great places to visit, are Mayyanad, Pattazhi, Achencoil, Ashtamudi Lake, Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park. Kollam (Quilon)
can be visited in summer, monsoon or winter.
Standing high in the heart of the town, the Clock tower is a landmark of Kollam city.
Located at Chinnakada, close to the Kollam Junction Railway Station, this quadrangular tower was constructed
in the year 1944 by the natives as a tribute to the former chairman of Kollam municipality, Unichakam Veedu K G Parameshwaran Pillai.
Being the first clock tower of the erstwhile Travancore state, it has now become a sort of non- official emblem of Kollam District.
Though the four big clocks that is placed on the sides of the tower were brought from Kolkata,
its origin can be traced to Britain.
The places to visit in Kollam are largely of the religious genre. For instance, Sri Krishnaswamy Temple, Anandavalleswaram Temple, and Sri Mahaganapati Temple are among the most famous tourist places in Kollam. A couple of other famous religious attractions are Edavanadu Bhagwathi Temple and Holy Cross Church. However, by no means is Kollam restricted to holy places alone. You may check out fabulous locations such as Ashtamudi Lake, Thirumullavaram Beach, and Palaruvi
Waterfalls among Kollam places to visit.
Places to visit in Kollam
Thangassery Light House
The 144 ft. Thangassery Light House, built in 1902, is a centre of attraction. The Ananda Valleswaram Temple here, attracts people on almost all days. There are several Churches and Mosques in and around Kollam. The Pullichira Church was established in 1700 A.D. One of the oldest and most important Mosques in the Chinnakkada Palli. The Thangal Kunju Musliar College of Engineering, the first of its kind in the private sector in the state,
is at Kilikolloor, about 7 Kms. east of Kollam town.
The town edges with the famous Ashtamudi lake. Many a foreign traveler has visited Kollam in early medieval period. It was one of the early centres of Christian activity in Kerala. It is said that the present town of Kollam was built by the Syrian Merchant; Sapir Iso, in the 9th Century A.D. The popularity of Kollam has been established by the time honoured proverb once you see Kollam, you will not need home any more. Kollam is an important commercial, industrial and trading centre.
It is also the headquarters of Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation.
ASituated about 80 kms from Punalur is an important pilgrim center. The Sastha temple here, situated amidst dense forest. The idol of Sastha is supposed to have been installed several centuries before the Christian Era. The two important festivals of this temple are Mandala Pooja (December-January) and the festival held at 'Revathi'(January-February). The two notable features of the festival are the Therotam (chariot festival) and Pushpabhishekam (offering of flowers).
In no other temple of the South India are flowers offered to the deity so lavishly as at Achencoil.
Alumkadavu located at 26 Kms from Kollam City and on the lakeside of
Kollam-Alappuzha National Water Way. The "Green Channel Back Water Resort" at Alumkadavu makes itself a tranquil
location for both foreign and Indian Tourists. The scenic beauty of blue green stretches of serene back water and
rambling gardens of hundreds of coconut palms give the Green Channel Resort an incomparable beauty.
Situated about 73 kms east of Kollam is one of the important pilgrim centers of the district. From very early days, it was an important trade route for merchants from either sides of western Ghats. The chief attraction of Aryankavu is the shrine dedication of Lord Sastha. The temple has some fine sculptures and mural paintings. Thousands of pilgrims flocks of this temple during the Mandala Pooja in December. All trains towards Shencottah have a stop at Aryankavu. About 5 kms away from Aryankavu there is a big waterfall known as Palaravi meaning river of milk. It is one of the well-known waterfalls in the south India, falling from a height of 300 feet.
It is situated 66kms from Kollam on Kollam-Shencottah road.
Palaruvi Water Falls
The famous waterfall in Kollam District is situated at Palaruvi near Aryankavu, Kollam - Sencottah NH 208. Season to visit the places is from June to January.
Punalur is one of the important industrial centers of kerala. It is 45 kms from Kollam on the Kollam-Shencotta railway line and is also linked with Kollam by road. The Suspension bridge accross the Kallada river erected in 1877,is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft long. A concrete bridge has been constructed near by and now the suspension bridge is only of archaeological interest.
Punalur is the head Quarters of Pathanapuram Taluk.
Sasthamcottah is an attractive village situated about 19 kms. from Kollam Town.
It is a beauty spot, a health resort and a centre of pilgrimage. The extensive freshwater lake here, is said to be the
biggest of its kind in Kerala. Water supply to the Kollam town is met by purifying the water from this lake. Buses are
frequently operated to Sasthamcottah, which can truly be called as Queen of Lakes.
The Sasthamkotta lake the largest freshwater lake in Kerala is surrounded by hills on all sides except south where a bund has been constructed separating the lake from
the neighbouring rice fields. A large part of the lake has been reclaimed for agriculture. The source of water is from the underground sprouts. The lake has a capacity
to hold 22390 million litres of water and serves as the source
of drinking water for half a million people of Kollam district.
Thangassery is a place of historical importance situated 5 kms. away from Kollam town. The churches here are pretty old, having been established in the 18th century. The chief attraction of the place is the light house, built in 1902. The 144 ft. light house stands as a sentinel, warning seamen of the treacherous reefs of Thangassery. The construction of a fishing harbour is in progress. Thangassery was an enclave of the Portuguese, Dutch and British in succession.
The remnants of the Portuguese and Dutch forts still exits.
Thenmala is the meeting point of Kollam-Shencottah road and Trivandrum-Shencottah road, surrounded by dense forest,
66 kms east of Kollam. There are a large number of rubber and tea plantations in Thenmala. Timber of all varieties are exported from here to all parts of the country. Themala Dam site is open for tourists. Eco tourists center is situated at Thenmala. All buses passing through Kollam-Shencottah road stop at Tenmala.
There is also a Railway Station here.
Chavara is situated 14 kms north of Kollam on the Kollam-Alappuzha road. Thousands of tonnes of mineral sand are exported from Chavara to various countries. The Kovilthottam port is situated within the limits of Chavara Panchayat. Four major industrial establishments 1.Indian Rare Earths 2.
The kerala Premo Pipe factory 3.Kerala Mineral and Metal factory 4.Titanium Complex are in Chavara.