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Kollam

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Kollam

Ashtamudi Lake:

Ashtamudi Lake is a popular tourist attraction in Kollam. Famous as the gateway to the famous backwaters of Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake gets its upstream from the Kallada River. The various water channels of Ashtamudi merge at Neendakara Estury before merging with the Arabian Sea. Ashtamudi Lake attracts a large number of nature lovers and tourists alike. Ashtamudi Lake is also very popular for its house boats.

 

Karunagappally:

Karunagappally is a small village located at a distance of 27 Kms from Kollam. The small village is a hub of religious tourists famous for its ancient temples. The ancient temple of Padanayarkulangara, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu attracts a large number of tourists and devotees virtually all through the year. Karunagappally village also houses an ancient church built by the Portuguese travelers in pre independent India.

  

Alumkadavu:

Alumkadavu is a popular tourist attraction of Kollam City. Famous for its boat building yard, Alumkadavu attracts a lot of tourist interest. Located near Karunagappally, Alumkadavu boat building yard is famous for its Kettuvallom house boats which are exported to a lot of countries.

 

Thirumullavaram Beach:

Thirumullavaram Beach located at a distance of 6 Kms from Kollam city center is famous for its serene natural surroundings and crystal clear waters. Considered to be one of the best beaches in the country for sunbathing and swimming, Thirumullavaram Beach offers a cleanliness quotient missing in most beaches in India.    

 

Neendakara Port:

Neendakara Port is one of the busiest ports in Kerala. Famous as one of the biggest fishing hubs of South Asia, the Neendakara Port is located at a distance of 8 Kms from Kollam city center. Neendakara Port is also the main headquarters of the Indo-Norwegian Fisheries Community Project started in 1953.         

Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary:

Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary located on the Kollam-Shencottah highways is one of the most famous wildlife reserves in Kerala. Considered to be an intrinsic community of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, the Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary offers a vibrant variety of flora and fauna making it popular with nature lovers and tourists alike. The Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary also houses the famous Parappara Dam which is one of the major hydro electric power plants of South India.

 

Palaruvi Waterfalls:

Palaruvi Waterfalls is one of the highest natural waterfalls near Kollam city. Located on the Kollan Shencottah highway near Aryankavu, the Palaruvi Waterfalls offers a magnificent view of the brilliant waterfalls amid the dense forests. The height of the Palaruvi Waterfalls is over 300 feet making it one of the most attractive tourist destinations.

 

Rameshwara Temple:

Rameshwara Temple is one of the most important religious shrines in Kollam city. Famous for its Pandian style of architecture, the Rameshwara Temple is believed to have been built between the 1th and 16th century BC. The temple has many inscriptions on its walls and pillars with a famous sculptor of the Vyala monster. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims, devotees and historians alike.

 

Mahatma Gandhi Beach:  

Mahatma Gandhi Beach is one of the most popular beaches of Kollam city. Located at a distance of 2 Kms from the Kollam city center, the Mahatma Gandhi Beach is a popular hangout for the local populations and tourists alike. The beach offers a magnificent site while the adjoining park to the beach offers a great walking excursion for the tourists. The park also acts as a popular picnic hangout.

 

Thevalli Palace:

Thevalli Palace is arguably the most well known historic landmarks of Kollam city. Built on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake between 1810 and 1820, the Thevalli Palace served as the official residence of the Maharaja of Travancore. Built in a perfect blend of British, Portuguese and Dutch architecture styles, the Thevalli Palace attracts a large number of tourists and historians alike.

 

Maha Vishnu Temple:

Maha Vishnu Temple is the oldest temple of Kollam city attracting a large number of devotees and pilgrims. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is believed to have been blessed by Lord Parashuran is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu as well as the creator of the state of Kerala in ancient India.

 

Mayyanad:

Mayyanad is a small town located at a distance of 10 Kms from Kollam city center. Mayyanad is famous for its ancient temple dedicated to Lord Subramaniam. Believed to have been sanctified by the holiest Hindu priest, Sri Sankaracharya of Kaladi, the temple attracts a large number of pilgrims all through the year.

 

Pattazhi:  

Pattazhi, also known as Pattazh is home to the famous Pattazhi temple dedicated to Goddess Bahgavathy. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the annual Mudi festival making it one of the most important religious shrines of Kollam.