Kollam city itself is awash with temples and sites of cultural significance, many of which are beautifully decorated and celebrate festivals throughout the year. Thangassery Lighthouse is also worth a visit: this one-hundred-and-twenty-year-old structure is the tallest lighthouse in Kerala and has a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea’s coastline.

The star of the show is Kollam Beach. This famous beach is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Beach and is the first ‘Beach Wedding Destination’ in Kerala. Dotted with the atmospheric ruins of Dutch and Portuguese trading forts, eighteenth-century churches and the beautiful Mahatma Gandhi Park, Kollam beach is a truly unique destination. Traditional Chinese fishing nets, Chinese water pots and sampan-like boats still ply the waves to this day, making Kollam beach a spiritual and cultural coastal haven.