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Kollam

Famed for being one of Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo's haunts on their travel routes, this town formerly known as Quilon is filled with memories of a glorious trading past. Ancient forts here remain a portal to the colonial heritage of this region. Apart from heritage buildings, huge water bodies and backwaters dominate the landscape in Kollam. The area's Ashtamudi Lake and Sasthamkotta Lake (Kerala's largest freshwater lake) draw a huge number of tourists.

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Things to do

Ayurvedic massage - No visit to Kerala is ever complete without experiencing world's oldest healthcare option, 'ayurveda'. Choose your time slot and head over to the Ayurvedic Centre of your hotel for a uniquerejuvenating massage in medicinal oil. Make sure you rehydrate well after this massage as well.

Monroe island Visit - There's no part of Kerala more explored or more visited than the backwater channels. With the huge inflow of tourists every season, the habitat around the channels has changed and adapted so much that local village life has made way for tourist homes and farms have receded. However, there remain a select few villages that remain untouched from the main 'tourist season' here in Kerala.

Sunset Cruise on Ashtamudi Lake - One of Kerala's most-visited lakes, the eight-cornered lake in Kollam is popularly known as Ashtamudi Lake. This octopus-shaped lake is bustling with activity round the clock, and is second in area only to the huge Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Hop on a cruise boat at Kollam Jetty for a peaceful sail through the breadth of the lake.

Yoga Session at the accommodation - The inspiration behind numerous poems in Malyalam, the tranquil Ashtamudi Lake is a vision in serenity with gently swaying palms and slow moving waters. There's certainly no better way to begin your day than an invigorating yoga session watching the sun rise overhead.

Related Trips

  • Choices are aplenty, which include an eight-hour breathtaking boat ride between Kollam and Alappuzha through the Ashtamudi Lake, the Munroe Island surrounded by lush green coconut plantations and so many choices for a beach. The Palaruvi falls, a ride from the town into the hills, is a beautiful a picnic spot with a magnificent cascade in the background.

    5 Days | INR 20,383 per person
  • Ochira Kali festival is the real essence of Kollam where you see a ceremonious mock battle between two groups of men splashing muddy water at each other. Visit Thangassery, once a British regime where Dutch, Portuguese, English and local culture amalgamates.

    5 Days | INR 19,175 per person
  • With a serene coast on its west and a huge freshwater lake on its east, Kollam is a beautiful tropical town. Backwater channels criss-cross the town and in the process have created many a beautiful islands. The boat races here are worth a watch as all the villagers come out to cheer their team.

    4 Days | INR 16,307 per person

Best time to visit September to March

For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.

Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.

Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.

Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.

How to reach

Air

  • Kollam itself does not have any airport, the closest airport is Trivandrum International Airport (TRV) located about 66 kilometre away from Kollam in Thiruvananthapuram city of Indian state Kerala. You will have to either take bus service or take a cab from Trivandrum International Airport to reach Kollam. Trivandrum International Airport is well-connected to domestic as well as International destinations such as Sri lanka, Indonesia, Maldives and Malaysia and many more.

Rail

  • Kollam Junction (QLN) is the main railway station located 4 kilometre from the Kollam City centre. Kollam railway station is one of the oldest railway station in Kerala and falls under the Southern division of Indian Railway. Kollam has a well-connected rail network. Kollam is well-connected to the nearby cities like Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Alleppey and many more.

Road

  • Kollam city offer an excellent connectivity through roads. Kollam city has a well-established road network. You can take either take bus or cab from any major city to reach Kollam. National Highway 66 passes through Kollam connecting it to all Metro cities in Kerala state of India.

Water Way

  • If you are looking for an easy and convenient water transport ferries are the best option. Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram are well-connected through water ways. There are daily ferries operated by government as well as private operator, these ferries takes the canal route which is about 60 kilpmetre long. You will also find government operated ferries from Alleppey, Munroe Island, and many other nearby cities.

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