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.