Kollam Tourism

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 centre.


Mayyanad located at 10 Km from Kollam Town 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.

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Shasthamkotta Backwaters

This vast fresh water lake surrounded by hills on three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala and is located at 29 Km from Kollam Town. The ancient Sastha Temple which lends its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre near Shasthamkotta Backwaters.

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Thenmala Eco Tourism

Thenmala is home to India's first planned eco-tourism project. It has equal opportunities for fun, adventure, leisure and for learning the significance and necessity of eco-friendly measures for promoting tourism related activities.

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Palaruvi Waterfalls

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 located at a distance of 75 KMsfrom Kollam Town.

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Jatayu Park

A vast rocky area and a small temple on the top of the rock is Jadayu Para. This place is located at Chadayamangalam at a distance of 30 Kms from Kollam Town.

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  • Entry Timings9 AM
  • Weekly HolidayAll Days Open
  • Suitable For All Ages
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysJatayu is a mythical bird that risked his life and he tried his best to save Sitha from her abductor Ravana in Ramayana

Thangassery Light House

The Dutch Quilon as it was called used to be a British Enclave. The place is also popular as Thangasseri. The lighthouse built at Quilon by the British in the year 1902 is visible as far as 13 miles in the sea.

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Ashtamudi Backwaters

So called because of its 8 arms or channels, Ashtamudi Lake is the gateway to the backwaters. Located in Kollam District, this lake 16 km long and the second largest in Kerala, finds its way into the sea through the Neendakara estuary.

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Munroe Island

Each island in Munroe Island is separated by small water channels and lakes. Munroe
Island is located about 27 km from Kollam.

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