Kollam previously known as Quilon in Kerala, India is an ancient port located on the edge of the Ashttamudi Lake. Traders visited Kollam in ancient times from lands as far away as Phoenicia, Arabia, Greece, Rome and China. In more recent times the Portuguese established a trading post at Kollam, after which the Dutch and British set up their factories to export spices, sandalwood, ivory and coir. Kollam is also a beautiful destination and a gateway to the Kerala backwaters. You can see the tourist attractions of Kollam on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater Situated 71 Km north of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, Kollam is an important center of the cashew nut processing and trading industry. There are also some important historical buildings and temples that tourists can see on tours of Kollam with Kerala Backwater. The most noticeable feature in Kollam is the Ashttamudi Lake, which covers around 30 % of Kollam town. The backwaters around Kollam, which extend from the Ashttamudi Lake, are exceedingly beautiful. The boat ride from Kollam to Alappuzha takes 8 hours and is a delightful ride, with lotuses and water lilies growing in the water, water birds calling from the banks and otters splashing and playing in the water. You can enjoy Kerala backwater tours from Kollam while visiting Kollam on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.
The Mata Amrithananthamayi Ashram is located near Kollam in Vallikkavu. This international pilgrimage destination is known for its educational and medical institutes and for the personality of Ma Amrithananthamayi who is also called the hugging saint for her habit of embracing her disciples. You can visit this international pilgrimage destination on tours of Kollam while on Kerala Tours with Kerala Backwater.
The historic Thangasseri Fort is near Kollam. The ruins of a Portuguese Fort and churches that were constructed in the 18th century, Thangasseri is a remnant of the historic Portuguese presence in Kerala. The 144 feet high lighthouse at Thangasseri is open to visitors and provides fabulous views of the sea and the coast of Kollam in Kerala. See the attractions of Kollam on tours of Kollam while on Kerala Tours with Kerala Backwater.