Kollam or Quilon is a beautiful place and have many places that are worth visiting. The list of tourist attractions in Kollam is unending and you will never be left pondering with the question of what to see in Kollam. We have a compiled a list of popular tourist attractions in this section of "Kollam tours". So read on further and know more about Kollam sight seeing tours. The district is encircled by Alappuzha in the north, Pathanamthitta in the northeast, Thiruvananthapuram in the south, Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) in the east, and the Arabian Sea in the west…….
Kollam sightseeing places
Kollam Backwaters: The place Kollam is famous for its beautiful backwaters and a boat ride through the meandering lagoons and rivers is sure to be a mind-blowing experience.
Kollam beaches: The gorgeous Mahatma Gandhi beach lies at a distance of 2 km from the town at Kochupilamoodu. Undoubtedly the white sand beaches take the prime spot in Kollam’s tourism map. The beach and its adjacent park attract hoards of tourists. The sun-kissed golden sand beach at Thirumullavaram is yet another popular beach attraction here. The beach at Thirumullavaram is safe for swimming and to indulge in water sports.
Adventure Park: This delightful amusement park is located near the Kollam bus stand and never fails to amuse kids and adults alike.
Ariankavu Pilgrimage: This pilgrimage center is located at some distance from Kollam, yet is worth the visit. The temple holds its annual festival in December and is a grand spectacle to watch out for.
Mahatma Gandhi Beach: This alluring beach is located just 2 kilometers from Kollam and is a fascinating place for taking long walks along the seashore. The sea is calm over here, which makes it ideal for bathing, and swimming.
Thangassery Beach: This Beach is located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Kollam, this scenic beach is an ideal spot to laze around and has the ruins of an old fort, which gives it a mystical look. The place offers a multi hued cultural mosaic of Portuguese, Dutch, British and Indian cultures.
Ashramam picnic village: The Park is located along the banks of the scenic Ashtamudi Lake. Ashramam picnic village lies at a distance of 2 km from the town on a sprawling 48 acre lush foliage. There is also an excellent children’s play area inside the park. Other facilities include boat rides for enjoying the scenic backwaters and avenues to enjoy water sports.
Amritapuri: Matha Amritanandamayi Math, one of the most popular pilgrimage centers in the state is located at Vallickavu, at a short distance from Kollam. The huge temple and Math are constructed near the place of birth of Matha Amritanandamayi Devi or Amma (meaning mother) - as she is popularly referred to. Many throng to the Math to catch a glimpse or ‘darshan’ of Amma and to seek blessings and consolation from her.
Palaruvi Waterfalls: ‘Palaruvi’ means a stream of milk the milky white foam of the waterfall aptly justifies its name. The mist-clad rolling hills and stunning greenery creates a perfect setting to enjoy this magnificent waterfall. This beautiful waterfall is located amidst dense tropical forests at a distance of about 75 km from Kollam.
Shastamkotta: This town boasts of the largest fresh water lake of Kerala, enclosed by lush hills on three sides. The idyllic town of Shastamkotta is located at a distance of 29 km from Kollam town. The beautiful inland waterways of Shastamkotta make it ideal for enjoying the surreal tropical charms of Kerala with a boat ride. The town is also acclaimed as a centre for pilgrimage and an upcoming hub for eco-tourism.
Thenmala: Thenmala Dam, a major eco-tourism destination, is located close to the town amidst dense tropical jungles. Thenmala Ecotourism venture is the first of its kind to be envisioned in India. Boat rides through the dam is a popular way to catch a glimpse of the wildlife in the nearby Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. The tranquil town of Thenmala lies at a distance of 66 km from Kollam town, at the foot of the majestic Western Ghats. The town is surrounded by dense forests and a number of rubber and tea plantations. A lot of initiatives with local support has been undertaken to preserve the unique bio-diversity of the reserve.
Jetayu Para: The rock is ideal for organizing trekking expeditions. It is located at Chadayamangalam village on M.C road. This rock attraction traces its popularity to the ancient Indian epic of Ramayana. This huge rock is supposed to be where the great bird Jetayu fell after being slayed by the demon king Ravana when he abducted Sita, the consort of Lord Rama.
Courtalam Falls: This beautiful cascade is located in Tamilnadu State. It is a cluster of 8 dazzling waterfalls videlicet the Main Falls, Five Falls, Tiger Falls, Shenbaga Falls, Old Courtalam Falls, Honey Falls, Orchard Falls and Sitraruvi Falls. The water which comes high up from the mountains is said to have medicinal healing properties.
Punalur: The town has a 400 ft. long suspension bridge built in 1877 across the mighty Kallada River, which is acclaimed as the only one of its kind in South India. Punalur has many plantations surrounding the town. The scenic town of Punalur is located at a distance of 45 km from Kollam. The famous Punalur Paper Mills which started operations way back in 1885 lies near the town. The town is a major center for trade in timber, pepper, tropical cash crops et cetera.
Neendakara: Neendakara is the hub of Indo-Norwegian Fisheries Project, established in 1953. This small fishing hamlet is located at a distance of about 8 km north of Kollam. Neendakara is widely known for its Fishing Harbor and has a Fisheries Training Institute, ice factories, refrigeration plants, and Chinese fishing nets dotting the area.
Kulathuppuzha: The area is a favored tourism destination for exploring the exotic tropical greenery and for catching a glimpse of wild animals. Kulathuppuzha has a famous temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The quaint town of Kulathuppuzha is located at a distance of around 10 km from Thenmala. The area is surrounded by virgin forests, a well known safe haven for wild elephants.
Achencovil: The Sastha temple here is situated on Kandamala, a hillock where the Lord gave darshan to a devotee who did a strenuously long penance. The place is located at a distance of about 80 km from Punaloor, the petite town of Achencovil is a well known Hindu pilgrim centre in South India.
Kottarakkara: The place where Kerala’s world-famous dance drama of Kathakali caught on and grew in popularity under the royal patronage in the 19th century. The erstwhile capital of Elayadathu Swarupam, a branch of the Travancore Royal family, is located at a distance of 27 km from Kollam. Kottarakkara has many ancient temples and churches.
Mayyanad: The town is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Subramanian at Umayanalloor, which is believed to have been consecrated by the great Hindu philosopher and reformer Sri. Sankaracharya of Kaladi. The village of Mayyanad lies at a distance of 10 km south of Kollam along the coastline.
Oachira: Oachira lures thousands of pilgrims during the annual festival of Oachirakkali held during the month of June. The town of Oachira is located at a distance of 32 km north of Kollam. The place is a unique center for pilgrimage, with the temple here having neither a shrine nor an idol.
Thevally Palace: Magnificent views of the beautiful Ashtamudi Lake could be enjoyed from the palace. This palace, located in Kollam town, is now open to tourists after renovations done in the recent times. This palace still holds a romantic charm, as it is the setting where a noble lady of the palace fell in love with a British officer who lived across the lake. It is said that the faithful dog of the British used to swim across the lake to deliver his masters letters to the lady. Today a crumbling pedestal stands as a memorial to the dog’s loyalty.
Ashtamudi Lake: This Lake is the second largest lake in Kerala and has its name because of its 8 arms or Channels. This lake is a gateway to the backwaters and provides boat rides as well as Houseboat Cruise. The longest backwater cruise stretch in Kerala is from Kollam to Allappuzha lasting about 8hrs.
Thiruvallam Beach:This beach is a beautiful Picnic Centre and is 6kms. from Kollam.
Alumkadavu: Alumkadavu is the place where the first Kettuvalloms (Traditionally decorated Houseboat) were built. The place is 28kms. from Kollam having coir-making centre.
Munore Island: This Island is 27kms. from Kollam and is formed by the backwater of Ashtamudi Lake and Kallanda River.
Things to Do
Boating and Fishing: Ashtamudi Lake or Thenmala Dam offers facilities for boating, the best way to explore the scenic beauty of the place and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Enjoy the boat ride to catch the surreal tropical beauty of Kerala’s backwaters. There is also facility to enjoy boating and water spots at the Ashramam Picnic village.
Bicycle rides: One can explore the place at your own sweet pace and watch the charms of nature unfold before your very eyes. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the quaint towns and the countryside.
Beach Activities: The beaches here are safe, ideal for swimming and to enjoy sunbathing. Enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the gorgeous beaches in Kollam.
Trekking and Mountaineering: Experience an exhilarating trekking expedition or mountaineering in one of the many ideal settings around Kollam without much hassle. Jetayu Para and Thenmala are some of the places where one can enjoy trekking. The opportunities are numerous and you are certain to enjoy trekking in the exotic wilderness of Western Ghats.
Location: Kollam or Quilon is located in South Kerala about 71 km north of the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram. The place shares its borders with the districts of Alleppey and Pathanamthitta and also with the state of Tamil Nadu.
Climate: Kollam experiences a typical tropical climate with plentiful rainfall and hot summers.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the place is between October and April.
Shopping: Kollam is much acclaimed as the land of cashews and coir. Do try out fresh roasted cashew nuts from any of the local shops. The best buys here are handicrafts and handlooms. You can shop for silks and artifacts at the busy Chinnakada or Bishop Jerome Nagar, which are the major shopping centers in Kollam town.
How to Reach Kollam?
By Air: The nearest airport from Kollam is Thiruvananthapuram, which is 72km away from Kollam/Quilon.
By Rail: Kollam is connected by rail with several important cities of Kerala and India.
By Road: Kollam/Quilon is well connected by road with many tourist centers in Kerala as well as India.
Local Transport: For local transport, many options are available in Kollam. One can use private and KSRTC buses, yellow-top and tourist taxis, and auto rickshaws.