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Kollam

Kollam BackwaterQuick Facts
Location :70 kms from Trivandrum
State : Kerala
Area : 2,579 Sq, km
Trip Highlights : Beaches and Temples
Ideal time to visit : October - March
Languages : Malayalam, Hindi and English
STD Code : 0474

Located 71 kms to the north of Thiruvananathapuram, kollam is the centre of the country''s cashew trading and processing industry. One of the oldest ports on the malabar coast, kollam was one the port of international spice trade. Thirty percent of this historic tours is covered by the renowned Asthamudi lake, making it the gateway to magnificent backwaters of kerala. The eight hour boat trip between kollam and Allappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala. The district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.
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Tourist Attractions in Kollam
Thangasseri
This seaside village of historic importance has the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18 century. The Thangasseri Lighthouse which is 144 feet hight, is open to visitors from 1530 -1730 hrs.

Thirumullavaram beach
6 kms north of Kollam this secluded beach is a beautiful picnic centre.

Mayyand
10 kms south of Kollam Mayyanad is noted for its shrines and temples. The most important of the nine temples here is the Subramanya temple at Umayanallor.

Palaruvi Waterfalls
Palaruvi WaterfallsThese are the beautiful and magical creations of God. The cool water running through steep heights fall over to make a shallow pool. The water gives a look, as if it has changed into milk.

Dharamasastha Temple at Sasthamakota
This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The temple is located near to Sasthamakkota river which caters water to the whole district.

Short canal cruise
Canal cruises to the munroe island village is the best of its kind in India which is for about 4 hrs.

Excursions
Sasthamkotta, Ochira, Kulathupuzha , Thenmala , Ariankavu, Palaruvi Waterfalls.

Climate & Best Time to Visit
Kovalam experiences a pleasant atmosphere with temperature rising upto 25ºC in summers and lowering down to 18ºC. the best time to visit this place is from October to March.
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Kollam Air/Rail/Road Links
Airport : The nearest airport to Kovalam is Thiruvananthapuram which is located 71 kms from this city.

Railway Station : Kollam is an important railway station which is connected to the rest of the Kerala.

Bus Station : An excellent road network links Kollam to all major cities and towns of Kerala.

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