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Kollam Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Kollam

  • Ashtamudi Lake Kollam
Kollam At a Glance
  • Average Climate:18°C - 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit:Throughout the year
  • STD Code:0474

Kollam Travel Guide

Formerly known as Quilon, Kollam is an ancient port in Kerala located on the edge of the famous Ashthamudi Lake. The place is also the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala and is famous for its intricate maze of backwaters.

Kollam was one of the early centers of Christian activity in Kerala. The place is an important center of the cashew nut processing and trading industry.

Why Visit

Besides the sight of the large-scale cashew nuts trading in India, the business town is also famous for many old forts and monuments. One can also explore the remains of Portuguese and Dutch forts and ancient churches in Kollam as old as the 18th century.

Best Places to visit in Kollam

Following are some of the famous tourist attractions in Kollam, which you can explore while on a Kollam Tour -

Backwater Cruise: The eight-hour trip between Kollam and Alleppey is the longest backwater cruise in Kerala and is the main attraction on a Kollam Tour. You will be mesmerized as you pass through lakes with lotuses and water lilies growing in the water, birds chirping from the banks of the canals, water-bound villages, and the famous Chinese fishing nets.

Mata Amrithanandamayi Ashram: Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (fondly known as Ammaor Mother) is a world-famous social reformer known chiefly for her humanitarian work. Built upon the very property where Amma was born, Amritapuri is now the headquarters of Amma's worldwide mission and the spiritual home for Amma's monastic disciples and hundreds of householder devotees.

Thangasseri Fort: This historic 18th century fort was constructed by the Portuguese. Christened Thangassery Fort or St Thomas Fort, this coastal defense structure built on the shores of the Arabian Sea has many a riveting tale of its inception and the many battles it has witnessed.

Best time to visit


From October to February is the most pleasant time to visit Kollam. The temperature remains in the late 20's or early 30's making it quite bearable for the travelers to plan their Kollam tour.


The months between March and May are considered the summer months, which are hot and humid. Travelling might become too uncomfortable during this period, so these months should be avoided for planning a trip.


June - September are marked as the monsoon months. The temperature during these months does drop but only by August. However, rains make the surroundings quite stunning, and thus can also be preferred for travel.

How to Reach Kollam

Come on a Kollam Tour, using the following means of transport:

By air: The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (71 km).

By rail: The closest railhead is the Central Railway Station in Thiruvananthapuram.

By road: Kollam is well-connected by a vast network of roads to several tourist centers in Kerala. You can avail of private and KSRTC buses, tourist taxis, and auto-rickshaws to look around Kollam.

How many days required

At least three days are necessary where you have included a day in a houseboat to relish the backwaters on your itinerary.


On your Kollam trip, you can find a place from low-budget to mid and premium accommodation. Below is a list of amazing hotels/resorts in Kollam.

  • The Quilon Beach Hotel
  • The Raviz Ashtamudi
  • Capital Hotel Dona Castle
  • Hotel All Season.
  • Hotel Sea Pearl
  • Chandra Inn

Where to Eat

If you want to try some of Kollam's amazing delicacies, which are the best of Kerala cuisine, you must visit the following locations.

  • The Riverside: Scrumptious Delicacies
  • All Spice Restaurant: Epicure’s Delight
  • Foodys: For Quick Bites
  • White Portico: Peaceful Fine Dining Experience
  • Indian Coffee House: For Coffee Lovers
  • Sri Ayyappa Punjabi Food And Andhra Meals
  • HSB Cafe: Lively Escape
  • Fayalwan: For Foodie Escape
  • Mahal Foods Biryani Hut: For Biryani Lovers


If you are visiting Kollam, you need to check out places mentioned below for everything from branded merchandise, food items, and clothes to handicrafts that Kollam is famous for.

  • Bishop Jerome Commercial Complex
  • Kavanad Market
  • Ramankulangara Market
  • Thangassery Market
  • Habitat Shopping Complex
  • Motherland Trading
  • Brothers Shopping Mall
  • Mall Of Joy
  • Rs. 5 Tea Stall

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