Kollam or Quilon is a city in the Kollam district of Kerala. It is an old sea port in the Arabian Sea coast, situated on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. The place is well-known for cashew processing and coir manufacturing. The city of Kollam is famous for its lighthouse, mall, beach, backwaters and adventure parks. The nearest airport to Kollam is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 60 kilometres from the city.
Although quite warm, the city of Kollam is one of the popular backwater destinations in Kerala providing good boating activities. But there are only a few tourist attractions around the city and most of them can be reached quite easily.
The city of Kollam is an old seaport city located on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake on the Arabian Sea coast. Ashtamudi Lake provides a gateway to all the backwaters in Kerala and is a popular tourist destination. Kollam was a major trading centre for trading with Arabs, Chinese and Romans. The metropolitan area of Kollam is quite densely populated. Cashew industry, Seafood exports and Clam fishery are some of the major business ventures in Kollam.
Built in 1902, Thangassery Lighthouse is one of the major attractions in Kollam with a beach and a fort with the same name close-by. The Clock Tower in Kollam is also quite famous. One of the most beautiful buildings in India called British Residency is also present in Kollam. Among the other tourist attractions in Kollam are Asramam Picnic Village, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum and Children's Traffic and Entertainment Park.
The city of Kollam is just 3 metres(10 ft) above mean sea level.
The weather in Kollam is generally quite warm throughout the year.
Between the months of September and February
The nearest airport to the city of Kollam is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is at a distance of 56 kilometres. The airport is well-connected to the major cities in India and abroad. From the airport, you can book a cab to reach the destination.
Kollam has a railway station of its own called Kollam Junction Railway Station. The station is one of the largest railway stations in the state. From the station, you can pick an auto or taxi to reach your hotel
Private and state-run buses are available to Kollam from close-by places in Kerala and some cities outside Kerala too.
Stuffed Mussels(Arikkadukka) are Kollam's speciality. Apart from that, you also get Dosa, Puttu, Appam, Idly, Biryani and Seafood made in proper Kerala style.