Thirumullavaram Beach

Kerala is not only known for its spices and coconut production. Kerala also has many scenic attractions like mountains, lakes, lagoons, and back waters. Its beauty is also enhanced by a number of beaches present in the state. As one can see, the beauty of the state lies in the beaches and other water bodies. The Thirumullavaram beach, located near Kollam, is one of the most popular tourist locations of the state. If you are searching for a place to spend your day in peace this mesmerizing beach can be suggested as one of the best. The shallow waters of the Thiruvallavaram beach allow us to take a bath in the sea or one can swim freely. The ease of accessibility of this place is one of the main reasons for its popularity. The main occupation of the local inhabitants is fishing. The golden sands and the turquoise blue sea augments the beauty of this place. Thirumullavaram beach is considered as one of the perfect places in Kerala for scuba diving. The Maha Vishnu temple situated here is also very famous and is attractive. It is therefore not only a tourist spot but is also considered as a religious place for Hindus.

How to reach Thirumullavaram Beach?

The nearest airport is the Trivandrum international airport from where the beach is at a distance of 70 kilometers. Taxi service is available from the airport to various destinations.We can also reach here via rail, Kollam railway station is situated just 5 kilometers away from the beach. Thirumullavaram beach is situated just near the state high way so there won’t be any difficulty to reach their by road.


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Thenmala is one of the most popular tourist places in Kerala. It is located in the Kollam district and is near to the Punalur town. It attracts domestic tourists as equally as it attracts foreign tourists. It is the first planned eco-tourism in India. The word Thenmala has a beautiful meaning in Malayalam. It is a combination of two words ‘Then’ and ‘mala’ which means ‘honey’ and ‘hill’ respectively and thus the combined word meaning comes out as ‘Honey Hill”.

As the word means the honey collected from this region is believed to have good quality owing to its special biological setting. This region gains it popularity not only for it bio-diversity but also for it unique panoramas. This place offers equal opportunities of adventure, fun, and leisure. It hosts a number of attractions to the tourists visiting the place. It includes Boating on the lake, a rope bridge, trekking, mountaineering, and musical fountain. The Palaruvi which is another famous tourist spot is also situated near Thenmala. The deer rehabilitation center is another attraction that attracts people to this place. In this center one can see the spotted deer, sambar deer, and the barking deer in a typical forest setting. The traditional tree houses used by the forest dwellers to escape from the wild animals also add to the attractions of this place. It also has battery powered rides through the forests which enables us to watch the wildlife from a close distance. Apart from the tourist attractions Thenmala also proves to be a famous spot chosen as the shooting location in Tamil and Malayalam movies.



How to reach here

Thenmala is 72 kilometers from Trivandrum and 16 kilometers from Palaruvi Falls. It is accessible easily by road and Kollam Railway Station is the nearby railway station.

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Thangaserry beach

Thangaserry Beach is one of the famous beaches of historical importance located in the Kollam district of Kerala. Thangaserry was once a Portuguese colony and then a Dutch colony which finally came under British dominion during their rule. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the state and one can never forget the beauty of the white sandy sea shore spotted with swaying palm trees being watched from the top of the light house tower situated on its shore. This beach draws the attraction of a number of tourists visiting Kerala. This Beach is also known for its historical importance. It is to be certainly mentioned about the Historical facts and attractions of this beach. Anyone who visits the beach can see the remains of the famous Thangaserry Fort which was established by the Dutch and the Portuguese in the18th century. The sea shore proves not only to be a best picnic sport for the tourists but also as the best relaxing spot for the locals.

One visiting this beach must certainly do the various water sports like scuba diving, parasailing, fishing, and catamaran riding. These activities thus present a delight to many adventure lovers. The sea shore also has some Churches which were once built by the Dutch. Even though these Churches were constructed long years back they still exist and their architectural beauty is certainly marvelous to be appreciated. Another attraction of the place is the Thangaserry Light house which was built in 1902.

How to reach here

It is easy to reach from all places and is situated at a distance of 5 kilometers from the railway station of Kollam. The nearest Airport is the Trivandrum international airport



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Thangaserry Light House

A light house is a tower or a building designed to emit light from a system made up of lamps and lenses and proves to be an aid to navigation and mariners during night travel. They mark dangerous coastlines and hazardous reefs and also provide an aid for the mariners to have a safe entry to the harbor. The light houses also provide assistance for the aerial travellers. Not only that it assists the marine and aerial travellers it also serves the purpose of a watch tower. Some light houses are popular travel destinations of tourists and some may consider visiting light houses and capturing their photographs as a hobby. As they are located on the sea shores the scenic beauty of the sea can be well-watched from the top of the light house tower.

One of the famous light houses situated in Kollam district of Kerala is the Thangaserry Light House. It is one of the major attractions of Kollam and is located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Kollam Railway Station. This Light house has a height of about 144 feet and it was built in the year in 1902. It stands on the shore of the famous Thangaserry beach as a sentinel, which warns the seaman about the perfidious reefs of Thangaserry. This lighthouse tower is opened for visitors only during the evenings from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

How to reach here

This famous tower is located at a distance of 70 kilometers from the Trivandrum International airport and if one wishes to travel by rail Kollam is the nearby station. It can also be accessed easily by roads.

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Palaruvi waterfalls

Kerala, the gods own country is famous for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. We can feel the freshness of Kerala in every drop of water and the very air that we breathe in. An important tourist destination in Kerala is the Palaruvi waterfalls. This amazing place in located about 75 km from Kollam. We can reach here through bus as it’s located in the Kollam- Shencottah road. The water fall is so beautiful that one can never forget this marvel of nature. Palaruvi means “stream of milk” in the colloquial language of Kerala, that is Malayalam. It is one of the highest water falls in the country. We have to travel through the dense tropical forest to get here and it will be an everlasting memorable experience.

It is a horsetail type waterfall. It has only a single drop and the waterfall drops from a height of approximately 91 meters. The Palaruvi waterfall is across the famous Kallada River of Kollam. The waterfall is not only known for its alluring beauty but also for the medicinal values offered by its water. It is totally spellbinding that the waters of the Palaruvi falls have healing powers as the water flows as the water flows over certain shrubs and herbs of medicinal value.


How to reach here?

The nearest airport is the Trivandrum international Airport which is at a distance of 72 km from Kollam town. The Kollam railway station is at a distance of 75 km from the location. This place can be reached with ease via road as well.


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Munroe Island

Munroe Island is an island located at the union of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River. It is located in South India and is almost 25 kilometers from Kollam. It is also called as Mundrothuruthu. This place is accessible by road, rail, and through water. This is a small area of land of about 13.4 square kilometers. This place is named as an honor to Colonel John Munro who was the Divan or the prime minister of the former Princely State of Travancore. This place is one of them which brags the scenic beauty that the nature provides. This place is one of the best examples which symbolizes that Kerala is God’s own country.

This island is a cluster of eight tiny islands and is bounded by the two water bodies, Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River which are also known for the scenic beauty and rich growth of palm trees. Munroe Island can be said as a perfect place the tourists. Tourism is one of the main activities in the Munroe Island as the surrounding Ashtamudi Lake is one of the well-known tourist spots in Kollam district.

This Island village is the tourist destination where one will be able to watch the coir retting and weaving process. Apart from this Island also promotes migratory bird watch and prawns feeding. Narrow waterways, canals, lagoons, and the islands of Pathupara are the other attractions of the Munroe Island. The coconut farms on the either side of the lake shore also add to the scenic beauty of this place.

How to reach here

The island is about 25 kilometers from Kollam, we can reach here via road and rail, the nearest airport is the Trivandrum international airport.



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Ashtamudi Lake

Kerala,  Gods own country is land of lakes and rivers. Ashtamudi Lake located in the Kollam District, is known to be the second largest wetland eco-system. This lake is having multiple branches that makes the name “Ashtamudi”, which is  deeply associated with the lake’s topography. The lake is well known for its scenic beauty. The coconut and palm trees grow along both the banks of the lake. Ashtamudi Lake has been the inspiration for many poets and artists. The lake facilitates the livelihood for the people living near it. Luxurious house boats are available for enjoying the mesmerizing scenic beauty of the lake. If you are visiting the place don’t miss the boat journey as it will be a memorable one for sure. Kallada river is the major river which discharges into the Ashtamudi Lake. The Lake is a home for different varieties of tropical fishes. Thus the lake provides earnings for the people around the place. The fishermen use Chinese fishing nets and is a common sight along the waterway. Ashtamudi Lake proves to be a best tourist spot.

Best time to visit

The climate will be hot and humid during April–May season while cool during December–January. So it will be better to visit this time. House boats are available in the lake so it is better to book one prior to your arrival in Quilon.

How to get here

It is 71 Km far from Thiruvananthapuram international airport. If you are coming by road, National highway passes near this lake Most easy to get is by train as it is just 2 to 3 km from Quilon railway station.

How to get here

It is 71 Km far from Thiruvananthapuram international airport. If you are coming by road, National highway passes near this lake Most easy to get is by train as it is just 2 to 3 km from Quilon railway station.




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Tour Destinations in Kollam

Kollam once called ‘Quilon’ is one of Kerala’s southern districts. The district is blessed with rivers, lakes, forests, sea, lagoons, paddy fields and lots of coconut groves. In short it is a mini-model of Kerala’s true natural beauty and the district is titled as “The Gods on Capital”.

Almost 30% of the district is covered by ‘Ashtamudi Kayal’, the second largest lake in Kerala. It offers an entry point to the splendid beauty of ‘Kerala Backwaters’. The district is famous for its coir and cashew nut industries. The coir industry uses traditional methods for coir making which attracts lots of tourists. The district portrays Kerala’s village life style.

How to Reach Kollam:

By air: The nearest airport from Kollam is Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) International Airport which is 72 kilometers away.

By Rail: The main railway station in the district is Quilon Junction also called Kollam Juncion.

By Road: The district is well connected with roads. Two National Highways NH47 and NH 220 pass through the district.

Popular Tourist Destinations in Kollam:

1. Ashtamudi Kayal:

It is the second largest lake in Kerala. Its banks are all covered with coconut trees and the lake offers a beautiful view of the nature. The boat cruises on this water body is a wonderful experience.

2. Thangassery Lighthouse Kollam:

It is a 144 ft tall light house situated on the banks of the Arabian Sea. It was built in 1902 and is a popular destination for tourists. The light house combined with the sea offers a memorable scenario to the travelers.

3. Palaruvi Waterfalls:

It is a 300ft (90 meters) high waterfall close to the border of Tamilnadu. The waterfall is believed to have healing powers as its upstream flows through forests rich in herbal plants. It is almost 4 kilometers from ‘Aryankavu’ at Kerala-Tamilnadu border.

4. Munroe Island:

It is a beautiful island in Kollam district surrounded by the Asktamudi Lake, Sasthamkotta lake and Kallada river. It is an upcoming tourist destination.

5. Anathavalam:

The word ‘Anathavalam’ means ‘shelter of elephants’. This is where elephants are trained. The place is at Chirakkarathazham, 1 kilometer from ‘Polachira’.

6. Thenmala:

The place is known for its natural beauty. It is the first eco tourism project in Kerala. The Thenmala dam and boating attracts lots of tourists.

Other Tour Destinations:

1. The Thangasseri Beach:

It is 5 kilometers away from Kollam town. It is a sea side village with historic importance. The beach has the remains of an old Portuguese fort built in the 18th century. You can have a speed boat for riding or do a scuba diving.

2. The Thirumullavaram Beach:

The Thirumullavaram Beach is only 6 kilometers to the north of kollam. It is a secluded beach. An attraction of the beach is ‘Njarazhcha para’, meaning ‘sunday rock’ which extends to almost 1.5 kilometers into the sea. The rock is visible during low tides.