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Kollam is situated in South India, in the state of Kerala. The town extends to about 2491 square kilometres in area ... and has well-networked amenities!The length of the coastline extends to over 37 kilometres!Kollam is one town that's famous for its antiquity! During ancient times, Kollam was a renowned international trade centre ... for the port of Kollam was frequented by Phoenicians, Persians, Romans, Arabs and Chinese! Also, famous travellers like Marco Polo and Ibam Batuta have acclaimed the historical importance of Kollam as a commercial town!
THE CAPITAL OF A POWERFUL KINGDOM CALLED "VENAD" : Kollam came into prominence in the 9th century AD. As cited by some historians, the Malayalam era - called the Kollam era - was established by Marthanda Varma, the ruler of Kollam in 825 AD! Kollam also has some notable importance in Indian history during the British Raj - it was the nerve centre of the rebellion organised by freedom fighter Veluthampi Dalava! Speaking of culture, it was in Kollam where 'Ramanattam' - the dance form of Kathakali originated! Today, Kollam is one of the major industrial and commercial centres of Kerala ... and also the hub of Kerala's cashewnut industry!

ENJOY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! : Cruising down the backwaters in Ashtamudi, housing in a boat and living life at ease ... Kollam is the ultimate place to be. Apart from the immaculate backwaters, there are several other interesting places on land worth a visit in Kollam.

THIRUMULLAVARAM : Thirumullavaram, 5 kilometres from Kollam, is the best beach spot. The calm Arabian Sea stretches a long way and the tourists can bask in the cool breeze pervading the place. This expansive beach is an ideal spot for swimming and bathing as well.

THANKASSERY : Thankassery, 5 kilometres from Kollam, treasures the awesome remnants of the Portuguese and Dutch forts. Legend has it that the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British ruled this place in succession. A 45 metre high lighthouse is an added attraction to this place.

JATAYU ROCK : The Jatayu Rock is a huge rock situated in the Chadaya Mangalam village on MC Road. The name 'Jatayu', a giant bird, comes from the epic - Ramayana. For the adventurous at heart, the place is ideal for trekking.
SASTHAMKOTTA : Sasthamkotta, the 'Queen of Lakes', is situated 27 kilometres from Kollam. The tourists can make use of the Pleasure Boating Facility at Sasthamkotta to take a cruise through the freshwater lake stretching over valleys of imposing hills.
THENMALA :: Thenmala, 68 kilometres East of Kollam, is a traveller's delight surrounded by dense forests in the Eastern ranges. The Thenmala Dam and pleasure boating along Senthurini Wild Life Sanctuary, organised by Kollam DTPC, is a visual treat to the tourists.

Kollam ---- Kottarakkara ---- Punalur ---- Thenmala

ARIANKAVU : 70 Kms away from Kollam, It is on the Kollam-Shenkottai road. The chief attraction is a shrine dedicated to Lord Sastha. The 'Mandala Pooja' and 'Trikalyanam' (December) are main festivals at this temple. Five km from Ariankavu is a waterfall known as Palaruvi.

PALARUVI :
Palaruvi, the River of Milk, is situated 72 kilometres from Kollam. The spectacular waterfalls, 300 feet from above the hills, the valleys, cascades and the dense forests complete the scenic beauty of this place.
Any time from June to January is the best time to visit Palaruvi.
There are no direct buses to Palaruvi. Tourists will have to take a 5 kilometre drive by jeep or taxi from Aryankavu to reach the site.

Kollam ---- Kottarakkara ---- Punalur ---- Thenmala ---- Palaruvi

KUTRAALAM (Courtallam) : The breathtaking Kutraalam waterfalls, the most preferred tourist spot, borders Kollam and the state of Tamilnadu. Any time from June to January is the best time to visit Kutraalam.

Kollam ---- Punalur ---- Shenkottai ---- Kutraalam (Courtallam)