Kollam is the major centre for Cashew processing, there are lots of small scale units of cashew processing and coir manufacturing that can be visited, apart from these units there are couple of government sponsored industrial setups that worth visiting like Indian Rare Earths Limited, Kerala Metals and Minerals Limited, United Electrical Industries, Parvathi Spinning, etc.
Kollam or Quilon, an old seaport town on the Malabar Coast, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. A famous port of international spice trade in ancient India, the present day Kollam is famous for its varied modern industries including cashew nut processing and research, fisheries, etc.
Its association with the renowned Ashtamudi Lake makes it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most exhilarating experience on the backwaters of Kerala. The place is also home to relics of the past and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.
Sights to See
Sardar Vallabhai Patel Police Museum
The only one of its kind in India, the museum is home to human bones, weaponry, charts and diagrams detailing DNA fingerprinting, medals, police arms of the previous centuries, photos of police dogs etc. The Martyr’s gallery is the major attraction.
Overlooking the beautiful Ashtamudi Lake, the building was built between 1811 and 1819 during the reign of Gauri Parvathy Bai. Standing on a promontory in central Kollam, the palace was earlier the headquarters of the NCC.
Backwaters Picnic Village
Picnic Village Kollam at Ashramam along the backwater front is a hub of entertainment. A two century old Government Guest House, a Tourist Boat Club, an adventure park, a Children’s Traffic Park and a Yatri Nivas offer accommodation and entertainment facilities in the village. A major attraction of the place is the Paramparya museum housing beautiful paintings including Warli, Kalamkari, Madhubani and Kerala mural art. The District Tourism Promotion Council organizes regular backwater cruises in houseboats, speedboats and luxury boats from the Boat Club.
Sree Venkatachalapathy Temple
Built in 1822, the shrine is the southernmost temple of the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins, originally from Karnataka. Unlike in other temples, the deities in the sanctum sanctorum here are placed on 3 steps. A large aviary is noted for numerous pigeons.
Thangassery (5 Km)
Starting out as a trading centre, it became a colonial settlement of the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British. This seaside village was the hub of a flourishing trade that used gold as currency and hence the name which means gold village in local parlance. It has the ruins of Portuguese/Dutch forts, a 3km long beach and 18 century churches. The lighthouse which is 144 feet tall was built in 1519 and renovated in 1942. It is open to visitors from 1500-1700 hrs. The Mount Carmel Convent School here was established in 1885. Thangassery celebrated its 500th anniversary in 1999. There are buses at 15 minute intervals from Kollam town.
Sasthamkotta (29 km)
Flanked by hills on three sides this vast fresh water lake is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The town derives its name from the ancient Sastha Temple, an important pilgrim centre. The shrine, dedicated to both Lord Ganesha and Lord Ayyappa, is surrounded by hills and forests are home to hordes of holy monkeys. You can feed the monkeys. Nearby attraction is Munroe Island where Stone Age tools and megaliths have been discovered. Named after Colonel Munroe, the British Resident erstwhile Travancore State, the island was created by the backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake and Kallada River, the island is named after Colonel Munroe, the British Resident erstwhile Travancore State.
- Kerala Metals and Minerals Limited
- United Electrical Industries
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Located on the route to Alappuzha from Kollam, this quaint small backwater village in Karunagapally town is famous for its boat building yard. It is here that the gigantic Kettuvallams (cargo crafts of rural Kerala) were built. Presently the Kettuvallams which were long replaced by modern means of transport have been converted into houseboats. Tourists can also visit coir-making units and learn how rope is made.
One of the popular excursions from Kollam, Jatayupara is a huge rock situated in Chadayamangalam.Varkala (39 Km)
A seaside resort and spa, it is also a sacred place for the Hindus. The final resting place of the great social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru, is located atop a hill called Sivagiri. You can find high cliffs with mineral springs rising majestically from the coastline. Other attractions of the place are the 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Cure Centre. A century old tunnel is an added attraction.
Palaruvi (75 km)
Located on the Kollam – Shencottah road, Palaruvi is one of Kerala’s most beautiful waterfalls, cascading down a height of 300 feet. A haven for picnickers, the place attracts visitors from different parts of south India.
The Shenduruny forest (66km)
Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1984, it derives its name from an endemic species of tree called Chenkuruny (Gluta travancoria). 26 sq km artificial lake formed by the Parappar dam built across the Shenduruny and Kulathupuzha rivers is a visual treat.
Kulathupuzha (64 km)
Located on a forest range on the Thiruvananthapuram-Shenkottai road, Kulathupuzha is known for the Sastha Temple. The Vishu Mahotsavam in April/May is the most important festival.
Ariankavu (70 km)
Located on the Kollam – Shenkottai road, Ariankavu is known for the temple dedicated to Sree Sastha. Mandala Pooja and Trikalyanam celebrated in the month of December are the important festivals here. One can find frequent buses to Ariankavu from Kollam.
How would you like to travel?
- 87 km from Alappuzha
- 258 km from Guruvayur
- 239 km from Idukki
- 187 km from Kaladi
- 106 km from Kottayam
- 372 km from Kozhikode
- 282 km from Munnar
- 150 km from Sabarimala
- 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram
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