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