Kollam (earlier Quilon) is an old port town on the Arabian Sea, stands on Lake Ashtamudi. Its breathtaking scenic beauty draws huge number of tourists every year.
Kollam was an important port and trading centre since the Phoenician and Roman times. It was the capital of the Venad kingdom from 9th to 12th century. In 502, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish trade relations. It later became part of the Travancore kingdom.
Kollam: Favoured destination for Outdoor and Adventure, Natural Beauty, Beaches, WildLifeHoneymoons and Culture.
Kollam is a miniature of Kerala State, encompassing its best natural beauty in the form the coast, lakes, rivers, hills, backwaters, plains, paddy fields, and lush greenery. Nature lovers have much to see and experience here. The scenic beauty and the houseboats on the backwaters make it a favorite honeymoon destination.
There are numerous ancient temples and a few churches and mosques too, from the Portuguese and Arab times, that make this a destination of choice for the faithful. The palace and fort attract those interested in heritage and culture.
The wildlife sanctuary has deer, elephants, nilgai, tigers, leopards and sambar, appealing to wildlife enthusiasts.
Kollam has a mix of Hindu, Muslim and Christian cultures, a throwback to its ties with the Arabs and Portuguese in olden times. Onam, Vishu, Id and Christams are celebrated ith equal fervour. Sadya, Rice and sambhar served on banana leaf with a variety of vegetable preparations like avail, pachadi, thoran, kaalan, koottukari, and puliyinji, and the sweetpayasamis not to be missed.
Climate and best time to visit
Except for the monsoon period of June-August, Kollam can be visited year round.