magnanimous town of Kollam is situated at the bank of Ashtamudi lake,located
71 Km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram. This historic coastline district
is famous for its marine and cashew industries and is one of the oldest
ports on the Malabar Coasts and a major international trading point.The
eight hour trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest backwater cruise
Along the vast expanse of the Kayamkulam Lake is the picturesque little
village of Alumkadavu. This village is the home of the skilled artisans who
crafted the enormous Kettuvallams in yester years.
Places to Visit
This temple which shows Pandyan influence in its design has inscriptions in
Tamil, dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries. The Vyala monster
sculptures in this temple give one the impression that the creatures are
animate and actually climbing up the stairs with their outstretched paws.
(6 km north of Kollam town): This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic
centre and has frequent bus connections to the town.
Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Vallikavu
The residence and headquarters of Matha Amrithanandamayi Devi, is situated
at Amrithapuri near Vallikavu. The ashram is accessible both by road and
(10 km south of Kollam town): Mayyanad is noted for its shrines and
temples. The most important of the nine temples here is the Subramanya
Temple at Umayanallor. The shrine is said to have been consecrated by the
great Hindu philosopher Sree Sankaracharya. There are frequent buses from
Kollam to Mayyanad.
(29 km from Kollam town): This vast fresh water lake surrounded by hills on
three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha Temple
which lends its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre. There are
frequent bus services from Kollam. Accommodation is available at the PWD
(34 km north of Kollam town): The unique feature of this famous pilgrim
centre is that there is no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma temple
dedicated to the Universal Consciousness. Ochira Kali in mid June and the
twelve day Panthrandu Vilakku (twelve lamp festival) in November/December
are the two main annual festivals. Ochira Kali is a mock fight enacted
between groups of men dressed as warriors on the padanilam (battle field).
They perform a martial dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords
and shields, and splashing water in every direction. There are frequent
buses from Kollam and Alappuzha.
(64 km from Kollam town): Situated 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.
There are frequent buses from Kollam to Kulathupuzha. The Thenmala railway
station is just 10 km from here.
( 66 km east of Kollam): The area is covered by dense forest, rubber and
tea plantations. An Eco Tourism Development Project is under implementation
here. Thenmala is also a damsite.
(70 km from Kollam town): Situated on the Kollam - Shenkottai road,
Ariankavu is famous for the shrine dedicated to Sree Sastha. Mandala Pooja
and Trikalyanam celebrated in the month of December are the main festivals
here. There are frequent buses to Ariankavu from Kollam.
(75 km from Kollam town) Palaruvi which means stream of milk makes its way
down the rocks, from a height of 300 feet. The Palaruvi woods is a beautiful
picnic spot. The PWD Inspection Bungalow and the KTDC Motel offer
This village located at Ashramam, along the backwater front, is the main
centre of recreational activities in Kollam. A 200 year old Government Guest
House, an Adventure Park, a Tourist Boat Club, a Children's Traffic Park and
a Yatri Nivas are all housed in this vast tourist complex.
(5 km from Kollam town): This seaside village of historic importance has
the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18th century.
The Thangasseri lighthouse which is 144 feet high, is open to visitors from
1530 - 1730 hrs. There are buses at 15 minute intervals from Kollam town.
A huge rock at Chadayamangalam takes its name from the mythical bird Jatayu
in the epic Ramayana, who is believed to have collapsed on the rock after
failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita.
Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple
(11 km from Chadayamangalam): This temple situated on the
Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam MC Road is an idyllic example of rock cut