Kollam or Quilon, an old seaport town on the Malabar Coast, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. A famous port of international spice trade in ancient India, the present day Kollam is famous for its varied modern industries including cashew nut processing and research, fisheries, etc. Its association with the renowned Ashtamudi Lake makes it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most exhilarating experience on the backwaters of Kerala. The place is also home to relics of the past and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.
Kollam is the gateway to Kerala’s Beautiful backwaters. It boasts of the sea, lakes, mountains, rivers, forests and vast green fields. The 8-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala. It also has a number of ornate temples and historic remnants, which are a delight to see amongst lush fields and coconut groves.
The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram, which has flights to many cities of India, connecting it further across the country.
Kollam is connected by trains to all major cities and towns in the state and further to all cities in the country.
Kollam is well connected with bus services and by good motorable roads and highways to other cities in the state and neighbouring states.
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