Ashtamudi Lake is the gateway to the backwaters; it is called so because of its 8 arms or channels. This 16 km long lake is the second largest in Kerala, finding its way into the sea through the Neendakara estuary. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Kollam provides boat rides as well as houseboat cruises. The trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is one of the most popular and longest backwater cruises in Kerala. The eight-hour journey will give you an intimate experience of the famed waterways. Catch a glimpse of the splendour of Ashtamudi backwaters. As the boatman gently dips his paddle, without disturbing the prevailing calm, the ripples spread out gently in the shimmering golden hue of the sun.
Palaruvi - literally, stream of milk - is one of Kerala's most picturesque waterfalls, cascading down a height of 300 feet. It is a favourite picnic spot for visitors from all over South India. The journey to Palaruvi through the dense tropical forest is a spellbinding experience. The surrounding mist-clad blue hills and green valley form a stunning backdrop to the milk-white burst of foam whose muffled roar resounds through the otherwise tranquil virgin forest.
Ashramam Picnic Village at Kollam along the famous 'backwater' front is a hub of entertainment. A two century old Government Guest House, a Tourist Boat Club, an adventure park, a Children's Traffic Park and a Yatri Nivas offer accommodation and entertainment facilities in the village. The Paaramparya Museum in the same premises has on display paintings from different parts of the country including Warli, Kalamkari and Madhubani as well as Kerala mural art. It is located 1 km from Kollam city.
The Shenduruney forest - declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1984 gets its name from an endemic species of tree called Chenkurunji (Gluta travancorica). In the central region of this moist, mixed deciduous forest, spread over hilly terrain of over 172 sq km, is the 26 sq km artificial lake formed by the Parappar Dam built across the Shenduruney, Kulathupuzha and Kazhuthurutty rivers.
Kollam is an amusing place for shopping, apart from its majestic beauty the place is renowned for its markets and malls, beside that goodness of Ayurveda essentials visitors can shop exquisite range of exclusive jewellery made from corals and beach stones. Buy the regional Ayurvedic herbs and the famous Kollam Sarees. The wooden crafts with an image of houseboats are undeniable testimonials which you can take home as Kerala souvenirs.
The word Thenmala in the local language Malayalam has an interesting meaning. 'Then' means honey and 'Mala' means hill; and they combine to mean 'Honey Hill'. It is believed that the honey collected from this region is of very good quality owing to its unique biological settings. Managed by Thenmala Eco-Tourism Promotional Society, which is an undertaking of the Government of Kerala, Thenmala Eco-tourism is a unique destination from a visitor's point of view. It has equal opportunities for fun, adventure, leisure and for learning the significance and necessity of eco-friendly measures for promoting tourism related activities.
It is one of the popular beaches of Kollam and the best destination to spend quality time with your family and friends. You can carry some of your outdoor games or can read your favourite book, if not these then simply enjoy the breathtaking charms of sunrise and sunset here. It is a secluded beach and post-card perfect holiday destination. About one and a half kilometre into the sea is the Nyarazhcha Para, Sunday Rock that can be seen from the shore at low tide. And near the beach is a Mahavishnu Temple.
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