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

Rickshaw Drivers and Childline Will Work Together for Children’s Safety

Rickshaw Drivers and Childline Will Work Together for Children’s Safety

The safety of children has become a priority in the town of Thiruvananthapuram; with a smart and swift decision, Rickshaw drivers and Childline will work together from now on. [caption id="attachment_14097" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Let There Be More Happy Kids! Photo Credit: Travel Stock/ Shutterstock.com[/caption] ...
27 May, 2016 by Vera 
Shop & Nibble: The Best Markets and Street Food in Bangalore

Shop & Nibble: The Best Markets and Street Food in Bangalore

Bangalore, or Bengaluru, is the capital of Karnataka. With a population of more than 11.5 million people, it is the third most populous city in India. It is a gigantic place, with tons of opportunities to eat and shop. So, to help you out, we have narrowed down the list to the best markets and street food in Bangalore. Happy sho...
25 May, 2016 by Vera 
Things To Do in Mumbai, According to a Mumbaikar

Things To Do in Mumbai, According to a Mumbaikar

When travelling and deciding on activities, the best source is always a local; so we asked a Mumbaikar about things to do in Mumbai. So, forget the touristy sights and tours, this is the real deal! [caption id="attachment_14065" align="aligncenter" width="548"] Mumbai at Night. Photo Credit: Roshan Nikam[/caption] Marine D...
20 May, 2016 by Vera 
India’s Guide for Students is Here!

India’s Guide for Students is Here!

Foreigner students going to India can now check out India’s guide for students, newly revised and published by the Indian Government itself. Admittedly, however, the handbook is nothing like your typical Lonely Planet guide book about the country… In the past few days, the Internet in India has been blowing up with talk a...
18 May, 2016 by Vera 
Kathleen

Kathleen's Rickshaw Challenge Experience: Embracing India and the Wacky Adventure

Always cheerful and smiling, our very own Rickshaw Challenge - Classic Run 2016 participant AND winner from Team Chickshaw, Kathleen Evans shared with us her thoughts on India and the Challenge. [caption id="attachment_14051" align="aligncenter" width="243"] Team Chickshaw. Photo Credit: Kathleen Evans[/caption] Tell us a...
13 May, 2016 by Vera 
Smart Cities in India: What, When, Why, How?

Smart Cities in India: What, When, Why, How?

Today, the Indian Parliament is sitting down to talk about something that will change the lives of many, while also promoting sustainable development. On this day, the smart cities in India are in the spotlight. [caption id="attachment_14044" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Old Indian Cities to Become Smart Ones. Photo Credi...
11 May, 2016 by Vera 
The Question of Beef in Maharashtra

The Question of Beef in Maharashtra

If you live in central India and love a good burger, you’ll be happy to hear that from now on, beef in Maharashtra can be consumed legally. However, the story doesn’t stop at that… [caption id="attachment_14035" align="aligncenter" width="407"] Maharashtra. Photo Credit: Google Maps[/caption] The Bombay High Court de...
6 May, 2016 by Vera 
Fruits in India That You Probably Have No Idea About

Fruits in India That You Probably Have No Idea About

There are some quirky and strange creations that you just have to try at least once in your life… So, we have compiled a list of fruits in India that you probably never ever heard of. Bon appétit! Duku and Lungsat [caption id="attachment_14027" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Duku & Lungsat. Photo Credit: Wiki[/cap...
4 May, 2016 by Vera 
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 
Page 1 of 9112345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

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

¤