An important centre of the cashew nut processing and trading industry, Kollam is an ancient port located on the edge of Ashtamudi Lake. This lake covers 30% of the Kollam town and is the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The 8 hour trip from Kollam to Alappuzha is the longest backwater cruise in Kerala. It is a delightful ride that passes through lakes with lotuses and water lilies growing in water, water-bound villages, and the fishing nets.
Best time to visit Kollam Backwaters
The best time to visit Kollam backwaters is between September and February. The temperature starts falling during this time and the weather gets mystical with fog and mist. It is the perfect time to embark on a houseboat cruise and enjoy the alluring charm of Kollam backwaters.
How to reach Kollam Backwaters
Kollam is situated around 1.5 hours away from Trivandrum and is the nearest airport. The flights are available from Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. The ferry boat is situated next to the Kollam bus stand and is just 3 km from the train station. NH27, NH220, and NH208 also connect major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Pondicherry, etc. to Kollam by road.
To enjoy your time in Kollam, here are some tourist places around Kollam backwaters -
- Kollam Beach
- Thangassery Beach
- Mata Amritanandamayi Math