Kollam

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About Kollam

  • AttractionsBackwaters, Beach

  • Best SeasonSeptember to March

  • Ideal Duration2 Days

  • LanguagesMalayalam

Kollam (Quilon) is considered as the the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala, extending from Kollam to Alleppy & Furthur. An old saying in Kerala is "kollam kandavanillam venda"- means the spectator gets mesmerized by the glamour of the town that he doesn’t returns to his home. Kollam offers a variety of activities & spots.The town edges with the famous Ashtamudi lake. Many a foreign traveler has visited Kollam in early medieval period. It was one of the early centres of Christian activity in Kerala.

 

It is said that the present town of Kollam was built by the Syrian Merchant; Sapir Iso, in the 9th Century A.D. The popularity of Kollam has been established by the time honoured proverb once you see Kollam, you will not need home any more. Kollam is an important commercial, industrial and trading centreKollam (Quilon) is considered as the the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala, extending from Kollam to Alleppy & Furthur.

 

Kollam offers a variety of activities & spots.The town edges with the famous Ashtamudi lake. Many a foreign traveler has visited Kollam in early medieval period. It was one of the early centres of Christian activity in Kerala. It is said that the present town of Kollam was built by the Syrian Merchant; Sapir Iso, in the 9th Century A.D. The popularity of Kollam has been established by the time honoured proverb once you see Kollam, you will not need home any more. Kollam is an important commercial, industrial and trading centreKollam (Quilon) is considered as the the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala, extending from Kollam to Alleppy & Furthur.

 

Best time to visit Kollam

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
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How to Reach Kollam

A port city of primary historical importance, Kollam has been on the global map for millennia. This ancient trading town is one of the oldest ports on the Arabian Sea.  Phoenician, Roman, Chinese, Arabic, and later on, Portuguese, Dutch and British traders have been known to frequent this thriving harbour, seeking to get a share in the flourishing spice and cashew nut trade. Its location, along the east-west trading routes and at the head of canals linking back to Kochi and Alleppey, was also an essential element in its evolution into a major Indian port.

If you’re feeling daring and splurgy, Kollam has its own helipad, ready to receive you at a moment’s notice!

Trains are the best way to travel around Kerala, and India in general, as they are highly affordable but more comfortable than buses, and the rail networks are extensive. You can purchase your tickets online or in-person at the station booths, and enjoy a relaxing, scenic journey.

  Distance By Air By Road By Train
  • By Flight

    The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport, with flights connecting to major domestic cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi, and Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat, Malé, Doha, Singapore and Colombo internationally. From Trivandrum, you can travel by taxi, bus or train to your final destination.

  • By Train

    Kollam Junction is an important railway station in Kerala, with routes connecting to Ernakulam Junction (Trivandrum), Alleppey, Kanyakumari and Kottayam. Trains services are frequent and regular, as well as economic and comfortable. From the train station, a pre-paid auto-rickshaw service is available!

  • By Bus

    State-owned and local buses frequently travel to Kollam from most major cities, but buses are likely to be crowded and uncomfortable. If you’re travelling with lots of luggage or are uncomfortable at close quarters, coaches are not the way to go.

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Asked by Enrica Paltrinieri from, Italy, March 13, 2021 05:03: AM

Jungle Camp in Thekkady

How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 13, 2021

Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.

Asked by Michala Vestergaard from, USA, March 5, 2021 16:43: PM

What kind of Houseboat is being offered in this package?

WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 5, 2021

We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package

Asked by Lena Foo from, Singapore, March 5, 2021 16:43: PM

What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats?

The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 5, 2021

There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats

Asked by Kathy Savitt from, UK, March 5, 2021 04:42: AM

Varkala beach for swimming

Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), September 29, 2019

Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam

Asked by Raj from, India, March 3, 2021 22:01: PM

Interested in upto 14 day Kerala Tour

Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Alappuzha, Calicut, Wayanad, Coorg, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Mararikulam, Athirapally Arriving 13th Jan Departing 26th Jan. Please advise good itinerary and price.

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 3, 2021

Thanks for letting us know your interest to travel in a 14 days Kerala tour with Iris Holidays. Please have a look at the page https://irisholidays.com/kerala-holidays/14nights-15days-kerala-tour-packages where we have shared multiple packages for 14 days holidays

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