"Gateway To The Backwaters"

A City in Kerala, India

Interest Measure for Kollam

Ideal time to stay:  2 - 4 days

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How is the weather at Kollam


Height(Altitude) of Kollam from sea level:  74 feet
Latitude/Longitude:  8.8863134°N, 76.6150829°E
Ecosystem:  Plain , Coast  

Food, Culture and Language at Kollam

Food Availability:  Indian, South Indian 
Regional Language:  Malayalam
Currency:  ₹ - Rupee (INR)
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Why travel Kollam?

One of the leading trade capitals of the Old World, Kollam is the centre of the country’s cashew trading and processing industry. Extolled by Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta in glowing terms, this was once a famous port of international spice trade. Thirty percent of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala.

The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala. The momentous decision to introduce a new Malayalam era was convened at Kollam and hence the Malayalam calendar came to be known as kollavarsham.
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3 Places to visit and Things to do in Kollam

Kollam Beach at Kollam

Kollam Beach

An array of beach activities attract thousands of tourists throughout the year to this perfect beach setting offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. A port city and one time active harbour for Chinese ships and trade, Kollam Beach is home to Chinese fishing nets, Chinese water pots and sampan-like boats seen even today.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 2.5 hours
Sasathamkotta Lake at Kollam

Sasathamkotta Lake

Sasthamkotta Lake is a very clean and green lake in Kollam, Kerala, and truly deserves its place as a beautiful waterbody. The premises are well maintained, and getting there is pretty easy. The place offers great photo opportunities, even in the middle of a very harsh summer, thanks to the excellent tree cover along the banks. The lake is named after the ancient Sastha temple (a pilgrimage center) located on its bank. It is surrounded by hills on all sides. The wetland supports 27 species of freshwater fishes and two genera of prawns. The lake is a designated wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention since November 2002.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours
Tangasseri Lighthouse at Kollam

Tangasseri Lighthouse

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The famed lighthouse of Thangasseri was built in 1902 and stands 144 ft high. The beacon can be seen up to 13 miles out at sea. Check out the lighthouse at Thangasseri which is open to visitors from 1530 - 1730 hrs. Get to see the sun setting and the moon rising simultaneously at Thangasseri on the drive down the Lighthouse Road, which gives you a breathtaking view of the sea as well.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours

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Content of this page was last updated at Oct 21, 2016