Thangassery (5 Km)
Starting out as a trading centre, it became a colonial settlement of the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British. This seaside village was the hub of a flourishing trade that used gold as currency and hence the name which means gold village in local parlance. It has the ruins of Portuguese/Dutch forts, a 3km long beach and 18 century churches. The lighthouse which is 144 feet tall was built in 1519 and renovated in 1942. It is open to visitors from 1500-1700 hrs. The Mount Carmel Convent School here was established in 1885. Thangassery celebrated its 500th anniversary in 1999. There are buses at 15 minute intervals from Kollam town.
Thirumullavaram beach (6 km)
The beach is a secluded and beautiful picnic spot that has been a favorite haunt of locals and tourists alike.
Mayyanad (10 km)
The place is famous for Umayanallur Subrahmanya Temple consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya. Another important shrine is Rameshwara Temple which shows Pandyan influence in its design.
Kundara (13 km)
Kundara is famous for its ceramic and aluminum factories.
Chavara (16 km)
Chavara is the site of an Indo-Norwegian fishery project.
Alumkadavu (Backwater) (35 km)
Located on the route to Alappuzha from Kollam, this quaint small backwater village in Karunagapally town is famous for its boat building yard. It is here that the gigantic Kettuvallams (cargo crafts of rural Kerala) were built. Presently the Kettuvallams which were long replaced by modern means of transport have been converted into houseboats. Tourists can also visit coir-making units and learn how rope is made.
One of the popular excursions from Kollam, Jatayupara is a huge rock situated in Chadayamangalam.
Orhira is famous for its temple. Here an annual festival called Ochira Kali is celebrated.
Sasthamkotta (29 km)
Flanked by hills on three sides this vast fresh water lake is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The town derives its name from the ancient Sastha Temple, an important pilgrim centre. The shrine, dedicated to both Lord Ganesha and Lord Ayyappa, is surrounded by hills and forests are home to hordes of holy monkeys. You can feed the monkeys. Nearby attraction is Munroe Island where Stone Age tools and megaliths have been discovered. Named after Colonel Munroe, the British Resident erstwhile Travancore State, the island was created by the backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake and Kallada River, the island is named after Colonel Munroe, the British Resident erstwhile Travancore State.
Varkala (39 Km)
A seaside resort and spa, it is also a sacred place for the Hindus. The final resting place of the great social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru, is located atop a hill called Sivagiri. You can find high cliffs with mineral springs rising majestically from the coastline. Other attractions of the place are the 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Cure Centre. A century old tunnel is an added attraction.
Courtallam (104 km)
An enchanting health resort, Courtallam is situated in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu. The place is home to nine beautiful waterfalls in Courtallam.
Thenmala (66 km)
The first planned eco-tourism destination in India, the place is captivating tourists for its unique vistas, bio-diversity and functioning.
Kottukal Cave Temple (66 km)
The place is known for rock cut temple also called Kottukal Kal Thrikovil Cave Temple.
Palaruvi (75 km)
Located on the Kollam - Shencottah road, Palaruvi is one of Kerala's most beautiful waterfalls, cascading down a height of 300 feet. A haven for picnickers, the place attracts visitors from different parts of south India.
The Shenduruny forest (66km)
Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1984, it derives its name from an endemic species of tree called Chenkuruny (Gluta travancoria). 26 sq km artificial lake formed by the Parappar dam built across the Shenduruny and Kulathupuzha rivers is a visual treat.
Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Amritapuri, Vallikavu
Located at Amrithapuri near Vallikavu, it is the residence and headquarters of Matha Amrithanandamayi Devi.
Kulathupuzha (64 km)
Located on a forest range on the Thiruvananthapuram-Shenkottai road, Kulathupuzha is known for the Sastha Temple. The Vishu Mahotsavam in April/May is the most important festival.
Ariankavu (70 km)
Located on the Kollam - Shenkottai road, Ariankavu is known for the temple dedicated to Sree Sastha. Mandala Pooja and Trikalyanam celebrated in the month of December are the important festivals here. One can find frequent buses to Ariankavu from Kollam.