Kollam

Kollam like other districts in the state is moderately industralised. Some of the major employers in the public sector are Indian Rare Earth (IRE), Kerala Metals and Minerals Limited at Chavara; Union Electrical Industries (popularly known as the Meter Company) and Parvathi Spinning Mills at Kollam. Kundara was known as an Industrial area with Alumnium, Ceramics, Starch factories, but all are closed or on the verge of closing. Cashew processing and coir production are the two most important sources of employment. Major share of employment in the private sector is provided by Cashew processing and exporting units. Cashew processing and sorting employs a large share of women workers who manually peel and sort the cashew into different categories according to their size.

Sites
Most of the sights in Kollam are situated within a radius of 8-10 km from the city centre. Places close to city centre include the calm and scenic Thirummulavaram and Tangasseri beaches. Another picturesque beach worth visit is the semilunar Kochupilamood Beach (Kollam beach). The light house at Tangaseeri Kollam stands 144 ft (44 m) tall. The Tangasseri Light House was built in 1902. Thirumullavaram, approximately 6 km away from the city centre is popular for its calm and serene beach. Boating facilities on Ashtamudi Lake are available at the Local boat jetty beside the main Bus depot popularly known as Civil station. House boats can be hired from the boat jetty or arranged through the tourist guides or by the local hotels. The Kayal (Lake) Pradakshina Cruise operated by local boat owner is available till the Munroe Island formed by the backwaters of Ashtamudi and Kallada River. The backwater trip from Kollam to Alappuzha is the longest cruise in the state and takes around 8 hours. Tourist spots such as Thenmala, Residency Palace Ashramom, Adventure Park, Jetayu para and palaruvi water falls are popular attractions. A place in Kollam district that every tourist has to visit is the maruthimala. Maruthimala is situated in Kottarakara Taluk of Kollam district.

Places to visit
Kollam is widely known as the Cashew Paradise in Kerala, and affords a wide cultivation and processing techniques. The square-shaped clock tower is visible from all parts of the Chinnakada market(city center). Tourists can visit the Thevally Palace, currently used by the Indian Army and the Dutch fort at Thangassery. Though most of it has been repainted, still the ambrosial palace displays a magnificent view from the lake.

The Ashtamudi lake with its scenic beauty, houseboats and ayurvedic centers also has plenty to offer. There are many breathtaking viewpoints to savor, including Padappakkara, Munroe Islands, Vellimon, Paravoor, Ashtamudi, Thevally etc. Kollam is also close to the ‘Tenmala’ tea estates and spice county.

Approximately 7 km from Kollam on NH 47 towards Alappuzha is Neendakara. Once a fishing harbour under the Indo-Norwegian project, today it is more famous as a viewing point for ‘Chaakara’, a post monsoon phenomenon that occurs just off the coast. Ezhukone is a small village located 19 km north of Kollam District. Ezhukone has a concentration of more than 15 cashew nut processing factories, which is a major source of foreign income. Ezhukone is well connected with road and rail transport facilities.NH 208, connecting Kollam District and Thirumangalam district of Tamilnadu passes through Ezhukone. Ezhukone has a Metre gauge railway station. Passenger and Express trains from Kollam to various Tamilnadu districts have stop at Ezhukone. Also the villages of Kollam district are very much blessed with natural beauties.

Another place attracting tourist interest is Sathamkotta. The place is famous for the largest freshwater lake in the state. No engined boat is allowed to sail in the lake, manually propelled boats are permitted. Sasthamkotta is connected to Kollam city by both railway and road. It takes 30 minutes from Kollam to Sasthamkotta by train and around 1 1/2 hrs by road. One railway station and KSRTC operating station are ther st Sasthamkotta. This is the capital of Kunnathoor taluk.

Top News

Things to do in Pune – Apart from the Usual Sightseeing

Things to do in Pune – Apart from the Usual Sightseeing

Once you’re done with the usual touristy sights, there are many more things to do in Pune - if you have the energy, that is. Oh, and capacity to eat (and drink) many delicious treats! Osho Commune International [caption id="attachment_14012" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Ultimate Zen. Photo Credit: Osho[/caption] S...
29 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Game Master Opens Up About Operating the Rickshaw Challenge - Interview

The Game Master Opens Up About Operating the Rickshaw Challenge - Interview

Our Head Organizer, the Game Master a.k.a. Princely Jeyachandran opens up about the last ten years of heading the Rickshaw Challenge operative. Spoiler: It all started with a wedding....  [caption id="attachment_13999" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Princely, Always on the Lookout[/caption] How long have you been the ...
26 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Turtle Race of Velas

The Turtle Race of Velas

Going to the small town of Velas during the Holi weekend means that you’ll experience something absolutely stunning… the turtle race that takes part during the Velas Turtle Festival. [caption id="attachment_13995" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Olive Ridley Babies. Photo Credit: Mid-Day[/caption] If you consider your...
21 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Rickshaw Experience, as Told by Team Beauty and the Beast

The Rickshaw Experience, as Told by Team Beauty and the Beast

The Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016 has ended and some of our participants agreed to sharing their experience with our rickshaw racers to come. So, prepare yourselves and heed the warnings, because the next Rickshaw Challenge is starting in June!  [caption id="attachment_13987" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Fami...
19 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Beatles’ Indian Ashram Opened To Tourists

The Beatles’ Indian Ashram Opened To Tourists

Fans of the band will be happy to hear that the Beatles’ Indian Ashram where they wrote many songs has opened its gates to the wide public. [caption id="attachment_13981" align="aligncenter" width="560"] The Beatles at the Ashram. Photo Credit: BBC[/caption] The town of Rishikesh, situated in the northern state of Uttara...
14 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016 Comes to an End

The Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016 Comes to an End

The last day saw our participants cruising the beautiful streets of India’s smallest state Goa, leading them through enchanted woods and Eden-like beaches on their way from Murudeshwar to Panaji, Goa’s capital. Driving through the streets was straightforward, as they were rather empty, so the last 250 km were –...
12 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016: Days 5 & 6

Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016: Days 5 & 6

Day 5: With a distance of 260km from Calicut to Mangalore, a tiring day lay ahead of our participants, but the reward was something they all coveted: on Wednesday, they would finally leave Kerala and enter the state of Karnataka, where it wouldn't be as difficult to find a cold beer after a hard day on the road. [capt...
8 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Rickshaw Challenge – Malabar Rampage 2016: School Visit

Rickshaw Challenge – Malabar Rampage 2016: School Visit

Today, our teams were flagged off from the Government School at Mallikatte, starting the route from Mangalore to Murudeshwar. Before embarking on their journey, however, our 38 participants had the opportunity to make new friends and share stories with the youngsters studying at the school. [caption id="attachment_13952" alig...
7 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Rickshaw Challenge Malabar Rampage 2016 – Day 4: Alleppey to Calicut

Rickshaw Challenge Malabar Rampage 2016 – Day 4: Alleppey to Calicut

The second day on the streets of Southern India has passed for our brave adventurers. By now, the teams are one with their rickshaws and know all their little flaws and knacks. This was especially important for Team Flying Birds, who had a hard time learning on Day 1 and they ran out of gas three times during the run. Fina...
6 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Malabar Rampage 2016 – Day 3: Trivandrum to Alleppey

Malabar Rampage 2016 – Day 3: Trivandrum to Alleppey

Strange things happened on Monday between Trivandrum and Alleppey. The Beauty and the Beast team were seen in a tea stall, preparing their own chai and some Vikings were spotted cruising along the palm-tree lines in a rickshaw instead of in a long boat in the Norwegian fjords.  [caption id="attachment_13937" align="aligncent...
5 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Page 1 of 9012345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤