Kollam is a seaside town in the state of Kerala on the banks of the vast Ashtamudi lake. Kerala is referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’ and when you come to Kollam you have left in no doubt that the title is apt. Kollam was known as Quilon earlier. Kollam is an ancient city and seaport. Its trading history goes back more than 2000 years. Kollam had trade links with Rome, Phoenicia, China, and Arabia in those days. It was and is an important trade center for spices.
Kollam is a wonderland of natural beauty and historical structures. It is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and home to the cashew industry. Kollam has been visited by iconic travelers and merchants like Ibn Battuta, Vasco da Gama, Henrique Henriques, Marco Polo, and more.
Places to visit in Kollam
Jatayu Earth Center
This is a rock theme park featuring the world’s largest sculpture of Jatayu who died trying to save Sita Mata from Ravana. This is the place where he died.
This historic palace is located on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake and was the home of the Maharaja of Travancore. It was built in about 1810. The architecture of the palace is a unique mix of Dutch, English, and Portuguese styles.
This lighthouse was built in 1902 and played a major role in providing navigational aid to ships in the earlier days. The lighthouse is 144 feet tall. This area also has a number of ancient churches dating back to the 18th century CE.
It is one of the most popular beaches and a perfect place to relax and sunbathe. A backdrop of coconut trees provides a picture-perfect scenario.
Also known as Mahatma Gandhi Beach, this beach was voted the best ‘Beach Wedding Destination’. An idyllic beach with pristine sands and amazing blue water is an ideal place to unwind.
This is a highly revered temple and is dedicated to ‘Parabrahm’ or Lord Shiva in His form of ‘Omkara’ the celestial sound.
Another highly revered temple, this temple dates back to the 12th century CE. This is known from the inscriptions on the walls of the temple.
One of the more popular spots in Kollam, Ashtamudi Lake is a complete wetland ecosystem in itself. The lake is shaped like an octopus and is the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala.
Besides these, there are many more places to visit in Kollam. These include other temples, Churches, historical structures, and much more. There are also lots of sporting and water-based activities available for enthusiasts. Kollam is true ‘God’s Own Country and a visit can be very rewarding.
Where to Stay near Kollam Beach
There are countless hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and houseboats available in Kollam for tourists to choose from.
How to reach Kollam Beach
Trivandrum Central Railway Station is about 66 km from Kollam.
Trivandrum Airport is about 65 km from Kollam.
Distances from Kollam Beach
- Varkala – 34 km
- Trivandrum – 66 km
- Kovalam – 78 km
- Kochi – 130 km
- Tirunelveli – 160 km
- Kanyakumari – 165 km