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Ashtamudi lake.

Ashtamudi Lake

The incredible beauty of Kerala, Ashtamudi lake has eight branches that coincide with the Arabian sea after converging into one channel, hence the name Ashtamudi, where Ashta means eight and mudi means branch. Spell-binding the travelers with its inarticulate and persuasive charm, this second largest lake in Kerala is one of the most popular places to visit in Kollam . Beautifying the banks of this lake, palm and coconut trees, intensifies the fascinating experience of calm and lush green waterways. Thriving harmoniously in Kollam district of Kerala, Ashtamudi lake immerses the tourists with tremendous pleasure by granting them an experience of houseboat cruising. Things to do - Backwater Cruising, Fishing, Experience unimaginable stay in a houseboat, Island visit. Location - Kollam, district of Kerala Price - Coasting by houseboat will start from INR 2500. Timings - Welcome travelers 24 hours preferred timing by travelers from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Best time to visit - To enjoy most of it, visit between November to March for cool and pleasant weather.

Thangassery Light House

Thangassery Light House

Climb up the 200 steps to enjoy the panoramic view of the Arabian sea and Kollam. Mounting grandly above the coconut trees, Tangasseri Lighthouse is the second tallest lighthouse with a height of 140 feet on the coast of Kerala. The red and white painted bands around the lighthouse make it marvelous and dignified. Moreover, witnessing the pleasant sunset from the top of the lighthouse is a breathtaking experience. Attracting tourists towards its enchanting beauty and calming view, an evening to the lighthouse is worth visiting among places to see in Kollam . Things to do - Climb up and enjoy the view from the lighthouse, Relax at Thangassery beach, Pump the adrenaline rush with scuba diving and surfing, go fishing.   Location - Kollam, district of Kerala Price - INR 3 for children and INR 10 for adults. Extra charges are applicable for the camera. Timings - Sunrise to Sunset. Best time to visit - Visit in Winters i.e. between the month of November to March for cool and pleasant weather.

Kollam Beach

Kollam Beach

The beauty of Kollam beach makes it a vantage point to unwind and relish its picturesque landscape. The mysterious view of natural blue waters blending with the infinite bright sky bequeaths the sightseers amazed. The Kollam beach calls to rejuvenate the mind and body, energising the tourists with its cultural and spiritual aura. This beach is famous among some travelers with the name of Mahatma Gandhi Beach and soothes wanderers with lush green, calm backwaters, and endless water activities. Things to do -  Beach fun activities, Swimming, visit nearby Mahatma Gandhi Park.   Location - Kollam, district of Kerala Price - No entry fee. Timings - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Best time to visit - The most pleasant time to visit is from October to February.

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Thirumullavaram Beach

Thirumullavaram Beach

An unexplored beach of Kerala where golden sand surrounds clear blue water and the serene seashore is embellished by coconut and palm trees. The delightful view of sun-soaked sand, soothing blue sea, and lush green palm never fail to attract tourists. Holding a place in the list of places to see in Kollam , tourists visit this place to get immersed in the calm and peaceful surroundings. Being one of the isolated beaches of Kerala, the beauty of the beach is still unimpaired. Just like any other beach, travelers relax and enjoy swimming and sun-bathing. Things to do - Sit back and relax, Swimming, Sun-bathing, Visit nearby Vishnu temple.   Location - 6 km north of Kollam, district of Kerala Timings - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Best time to visit - The most delightful time to relax is from October to March.

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Kollam Adventure Park

Kollam Adventure Park

The center of leisure activities for people with no age limit. A must-go-to place for luxurious boating, picnic, and the art museum among other tourist places in Kollam. The park encloses a place possessing numerous rides and impressive scenery that makes it ideal for a family picnic. With the alluring backwaters, travelers can enjoy houseboat cruises, deluxe boats, and speedboats in the midst of serene waters. Apart from the boat club, children’s park, this place covers enticements such as a 200-year-old government guest house and Yatri Nivas. Also, on the establishment is the art museum, where painting lovers seizes a chance to admire exhibit paintings collected from different parts of the country. And the fun doesn’t end here, a nature dweller can visit the mangroves close to the park to spot endangered species of bushes. Things to do - Boating, Art Museum, yatri Nivas, and vintage guest house, fun activities and rides at the park.  Location - Behind guest house, Asramam, Kollam Price - INR 30. Timings - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Best time to visit - The playful time is from October to March.

Anandavalleswaram Temple

South India is home to auspicious temples and religion, Anandavalleswaram temple, devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is one of them. Well-known among the tourists, this temple is nearly 1100 years old, located in the heart of Kollam district. The story that revolves around the name of this temple states that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are in a happy state and hence the name ‘Anandavalleswaram’. To acquire some peace and unique experience, add this temple in your places to visit in Kollam schedule. The worshipers here get peace, while the travelers get mesmerised by its charm and tranquillity. Location - 2.5 Km from Kollam junction railway station   Price - No entry fee. Timings - 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. Best time to visit - Full moon days are considered more auspicious.

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Sri Mahaganapathi Temple

Sri Mahaganapathi Temple

This temple is one of the famous pilgrimage spots in Kollam, popular among worshipers as the center of spirituality and devotion. The architecture of this centuries-old temple attracts most of the tourists admiring its charming design. The most interesting fact about this temple, where the family of shiva resides is that, even non-Hindus are allowed to visit here. The idol of Lord Ganapathi symbolises the presence of this temple but it also has idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The god devotees worship the lord with the offering of Unniyappam Udayasthamanapooja, Maha Ganapathi Homam, and Pushpanjali. Things to do - Visit to Worship the Lord and nearby Kottukal Cave Temple. Location - 25 Km from Kollam  Price - No entry fee. Timings - 4:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Best time to visit - You can visit at any time of the year.

Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls

Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls

A sight for enduring the magnanimous waterfall and a variety of wild animals. Located in the vicinity of the Konni forest area, the waterfall is popular among the travelers for its scenic and breathtaking sight. The sound of falling water and chirping birds will make you fall in love with the surrounding landscape. For such a pleasant and delightful experience, this place is worth visiting among other places to visit in Kollam. The cascade startles the sightseers with its colorful hues of descending stream from an altitude of 25 meters. Things to do - Trekking, Visit nearby falls such as Manalar falls and Palaruvi falls, Konni forest area. Location - Achankovil-Shencottah Road of Kollam district. Price - No entry fee. Timings - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Best time to visit - The most suitable time to visit is after monsoon i.e. from September to February.

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Palaruvi Falls

Palaruvi Falls

The whitestream waterfall descending from the height of 300ft resembles the shape of a horse’s tail. The stream of milk names the cascade as Palaruvi, which rushes down the mountain, giving a glorious view and is one of the top places to visit in Kollam. This enchanting surroundings breathes of the lush green forests, Kallad river, and some other minor watercourses. The roaring sound of the stream echoes in the quietness of the encircling forest, making this site incredible. The tourists experience the freshness of its water from the lower pool generated by a massive storm of the waterfall. Along with admiration of its alluring beauty, Palaruvi Falls also holds a sacred significance and is worshipped by local people. Things to do - Palaruvi trek, Kurishumala Trek  Location - Achankovil-Shencottah Road of Kollam district. Price - Below 13 years of age - free; Above 13 years INR 10. Timings - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Best time to visit - July to October.

Thevally Palace

Thevally Palace

An architectural wonder located on the banks of Ashtamudi lake, it is a blend of British, Dutch, and Portuguese architectural style. This heritage center reflects the glory of the princess reign and attracts tourists from different parts of the country. The beauty of this palace holds a magnificent view because of the lush green coconut plantation and palm trees' surroundings. Dwellers of the historical palace and scenic beauty must add this destination to their list of places to visit in Kollam route. Apart from the picturesque landscape, tourists are fascinated by the ecstatic experience of the nearby pristine lake and refreshing breeze. Things to do - Picnic on the lawns of the palace, trekking to Sankhili forest. Location - Kollam - Elamballoor Road, Palace Nagar, Thevally, Kollam Price - No entry fee. Timings - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Best time to visit - The most suitable time to visit is from March to May and October to February.

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Paravur Lake

Paravur Lake

Paravur town in the Kollam district bears a small lake that merges with the backwaters of Kerala. Attracting a number of travelers, this lake embellishes the Keralan backwaters with perfection and serenity. Another real fascination in the region of Paravur lake is the Priyadarshini watercraft club. This watercraft club uncovers immense boating choices in the realm where the Arabian Sea, river, and the Kappil backwater merge. Travelers can fancy shopping at the stretch of Paravur-Edava-Varkala street, running along the bank of Paravur Lake. Paravur Lake is additionally exceptionally famous Paravur Lake is around 4 kilometers far from Paravur town. Paravur-Edava-Varkala Street goes through the banks of Paravur Lake. Furthermore, the mangroves standing along both sides of the lake intensifies its beauty, making it more attractive. Additionally, to admire the wide-ranging view of the lake, climb on to the mountains situated on the north and east of the place. This lake is popular and significant as it connects as a part of the Trivandrum-Shornaur Canal System to the Edava and Ashdamudi Kayal. Things to do - Canoeing , Swimming. Location - Paravur town, 13 km from Kollam. Price - No entry fee. Timings - 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Best time to visit - September to December.

St Thomas Fort

St Thomas Fort

The trading center of pepper, also known as Tangasseri fort, this heritage center of Kollam has a rich trade history and culture. Situated in East Tangasseri on the banks of the Arabian sea in Kerala, the fort is 50 feet high and faces the beach. The fort remains as one of the most important archaeological sites in Kollam, attracting tourists to visit this monument and unwind its historical trading link. The rustic appearance and lush green surroundings of the fort makes it an excellent point for photography and mesmerises the travellers with its exquisite architecture. If you are a history lover, visit this fort to learn about the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British rulers. Things to do - Photography, Unreveal the trading history. Location - 8 km from Kollam Price - No entry fee. Timings - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Best time to visit - Explore the old-aged fort from September till the end of February.

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Kakkathuruthu

Kakkathuruthu

A small magnificent island popularly known as the island of crows, it is a prime attraction for bird watchers. The beauty of the island enhanced by coconut trees and paddy fields is breathtaking and doesn’t miss a chance of enticing travelers, be it nature or food lovers. Speaking of food, the place serves a variety of food ranging from Kerala cuisine to seafood such as karimeen, crabs, and shrimp. Furthermore, tourists enjoy the view of the setting sun and watching the sky hues, shifting its color from pale blue to crystal clear blue. The sole place in Kerala listed in Nat Geo's magazine for relishing the time of dusk. Things to do - Broom making, Boating, Chinese net, Bird watching, Toddy tapping, Shinkari melam, Catnet fishing, Clam meat processing. Location - 10 km from Kollam Price - No entry fee. Timings - open 24 hours Best time to visit - Anytime of the year.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum

The museum represents the historical figure, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, famously known as the ‘Iron Man of India’. Tourists are fascinated to visit this museum to locate traces of the history and growth of the Indian police force. The museum holds arms and ammunition of the 18th and 19th century including bullets, guns, machines, and much more. Additionally, the place endures the unknown facts about Kerala Police force and information charts on DNA tests, human bones, fingerprints and snapshots of police dogs, etc. Things to do - Walk down the trail of museum galleries to unreveal arts and crafts, antique masterpieces, artifacts, manuscripts, old oil paintings. Location - 2 km from Kollam bus station. Price - INR 10 for children and INR 20 for adults. Timings - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, except Sundays. Best time to visit - Anytime of the year.

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Chinnakada Clock Tower

Chinnakada Clock Tower

The symbolic clock tower is considered as the heart of the city Kollam. The name Chinnakada is derived from China-Kada, meaning China bazaar. The tower faces four directions of the city with clocks on all sides, and the fascinating architectural design of the colonial era attracts the tourist to take a glance at the landmark of the city. The clock tower has become a non-official symbol of Kollam and is the busiest part of the city where roads from Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Downtown, Sengottai, Ashramam, Kollam Beach, and the City bus stand meet. Location - 0.5 km from Kollam railway station. Price - No entry fee. Timings - Open 24 hours. Best time to visit - Anytime of the year.

Kottankulangara Devi Temple

Kottankulangara Devi Temple

A Hindu temple, devoted to goddess Durga Bhagavathy or Aadi Shakthi- popularly symbolised as the supreme mother of power. The tourists are attracted by its unique architecture, where the temple has no roof above the sanctum. The sole temple in India that holds a unique ritual of men getting dressed in female attire at the Kottankulangara Festival. The cross-dressing is encouraged not only by the local people but also by the tourists visiting during the annual festival. You can encounter men dressed as women who will be marching to the sanctuary holding traditional lamps as the lamp holds great significance in this temple. Devotees visit the sanctuary to look for the attributes of the goddess and give the offerings of payasam, aravana, iratti madhuram and ornaments, silks etc. Location - 17 km from Kollam city center. Price - No entry fee. Timings - 5:00 am to 8:30 pm. Best time to visit - Anytime of the year, Visit in mid of March to join the annual function.

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Infant Jesus Cathedral

Infant Jesus Cathedral

The historic Roman Catholic church established by Portuguese in the city of Kollam is another tourist attraction point. This magnificent church endures spellbinding interiors, a vast compound and beautifully glass painted windows depicting the life of jesus. The main attraction of this church is one of the glass window paintings that showcases Christ sitting in the lotus position and meditating. The quiet abundance of the church besides its panoramic beauty is what makes a traveler's visit to this Roman Catholic church worth it. Location - 8 km from Kollam city center. Price - No entry fee. Timings - Open 24 hours. Best time to visit - Anytime of the year, Visit during christmas to enjoy the eve.

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

An adrenaline-rushing place for adventure-seeking travelers. The wildlife sanctuary tempts tourists with its scenic beauty and authentic nature’s aura. Kollam houses only this wildlife sanctuary, which is renowned for its biodiversity and beautiful landscape . It encloses activities such as jungle camping, trekking, jeep safaris, bird watching, etc. Travelers can hike to the trails of evergreen forest and camp at any one of the five camping sites within. Moreover, travelers come across a rare tree species called Chenkurunji while wandering across the forest. Things to do - Trekking, bird watching, camping, boating and Jeep safari. Location - 2 km from Kollam bus station. Price - INR 7500 for 2 person. Timings - Open 24 hours . Best time to visit - October to February.

Puttingal Temple

Puttingal Temple

An ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati is situated in Paravur village on a small ant hill, known as Puttu. This temple in Kollam is one of the most sacred destinations for worship and celebrates the birth of the goddess every year in the month of Meenam- March or April. The story behind the temple fascinates travelers pulling them during the festive celebration to experience a massive firework show and a series of rituals. Location - 20 km from Kollam railway station. Price - No entry fee. Timings - 5:00 am to 8:30 pm. Best time to visit - Anytime of the year, Visit in the month of March or April to celebrate the festival.

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Kollam otherwise called as the Cashew Town is situated in the southwest corner of India in Kerala. Kollam has an eventful past. Kollam was an international emporium of trade. So many foreign travellers and traders visited Kollam. It was an early centre of Christian activity in Kerala.

Kollam is encircled by Alappuzha in the north, Thiruvananthapuram in the south, Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) in the east, and the Arabian Sea in the west. Kollam is the fourth largest city in Kerala. Kollam has some of the beautiful backwaters in Kerala.

Famous Ashtamudi lake is situated in Kollam district. The 144 ft. Thangassery Light House is a centre of attraction. There are many churches and mosques in Kollam. The Pullichira Church, Chinnakkada Palli which is one of the oldest and most important Mosques are the most popular among them.

The Anandavalleswaram Temple here is a major spot of devotees. Mahatma Gandhi beach & park, Thirumullavaram beach and Ashramam picnic Village, are some other attractions in here. Kollam is also blessed with wonderful beaches.

The Adventure Park located at the shores of Ashtamudi lake is the most popular attraction in Kollam .

Places to Visit in Kollam

1. sasthamcotta lake.

Sasthamcotta Lake

Sasthamcotta is a beautiful village situated about 19 km from Kollam Town. It is a centre of attraction and one of the most visited places in Kollam. It is a wonderful spot and pilgrimage centre and also has a health resort in here. Sasthamkotta lake is the biggest freshwater lake in Kerala. Sasthamcotta can also be called as Queen of Lakes.

This lake is surrounded by hills on all sides except south where a bund has been constructed separating the lake from the neighbouring rice fields. A major part of the lake has been reclaimed for agriculture. The source of water is from the underground sprouts.

2. Thangassery

Thangassery

Thangassery is a historically important place situated 5 km away from Kollam town. The main attraction of this place is the lighthouse. This light house is 144 ft. tall and stands as a sentinel, warning seamen of the treacherous reefs of Thangassery.

This renowned lighthouse is built in the year 1902. There are so many ancient pretty churches here which have been established in eighteenth century.

Thangassery has a glorious past this was a popular enclave of the Portuguese, Dutch and British in succession. In here you can still see the remnants of the Portuguese and Dutch forts. The construction of a fishing harbour is in here.

3. Palaruvi Waterfalls

Palaruvi Waterfalls

Palaruvi waterfall is a stunningly beautiful waterfalls in Kollam. The word Palaruvi means ‘Stream of Milk’. There are so many peculiarities about this waterfall. There are ruins of ancient temples in here.

This waterfall is unique.The water in Palaruvi is said to be medicated and is preventive against many diseases. Water cascading down at a height of 300 feet across the Rocky Mountains is an amazing sight.

Punalur

Punalur situated at a distance of 45 km from Kollam town is one among the important industrial centres of Kerala. The Suspension bridge of 400 feet long across the Kallada river is the only one of its kind in south India.

This bridge is an archaeological wonder. A concrete bridge has been constructed near this bridge now. Punalur is the headQuarters of Pathanapuram Taluk.

5. Thenmala

Thenmala

Thenmala, a centre of rubber and tea plantations is surrounded by dense forest. The most popular attraction in here is the Dam. Thenmala Dam site draws the attraction of thousands of tourists every year. There is also an Eco tourists center in Thenmala.

Thenmala is situated 66 km away from Kollam town. It is the meeting point of Kollam-Shenkottai road and Trivandrum-Shenkottai road. Timber of all varieties are exported from here to all parts of the country. This place is well connected with road and railway.

Oachira

Oachira is a unique pilgrim center in Kollam district. The peculiarity of the temple here is that there is no temple building as such nor is any idol. People from all classes of society come here and worship the presiding deity the parabrahmam.

Oachira Kala, a festival held annually in June is most famous in here and thousands of people from different part of the state come here. Oachira is also an important handicraft center. The fancy articles of screw pine mats manufactured here are very famous.

7. Achencoil

Achencoil

Achencoil is an important pilgrim center situated in Kollam. This place is famous for the Sastha temple which is situated amidst the dense forests. The two important festivals of this temple are Mandala Pooja (December-January) and the festival held at 'Revathi'(January-February). Therotam (chariot festival) and Pushpabhishekam (offering of flowers) during these festivals are famous.

8. Ashtamudi Lake

Ashtamudi Lake

Ashtamudi lake, the second largest and deepest ecosystem in India is situated in Kollam district. This palm shaped extensive water body with eight prominent arms is well known for its magnificent landscape views. This lake is the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala .

Along the banks of lake you can see the waving palm trees, green paddy fields, the simplicity of village life colourful exotic birds and so many other sights. There is an adventure park located at the Taking a houseboat cruise through this backwaters will definitely be a refreshing experience.

Make your holiday a wonderful experience in the natural beauty of this small beautiful town.

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A treasure trove of natural wonders and historical edifices, Kollam is an enchanting town with backwaters and picturesque landscapes. Located 70kms away from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Kollam is a commercial centre and home to India’s cashew producing industry. Popularly known as Quilon, it is often regarded as the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala.

It sits on the bank of the Ashtamudi Lake, hence, cruising along the Alappuzha route is one of the main highlights of the region. With a history dating back to the 9th century, Kollam was a prominent spice trading centre. It is one of the oldest ports in the Arabian Sea that lies on the southwest coast which was frequented by iconic merchants, missionaries and explorers including Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Vasco da Gama, Henrique Henriques and many more. Venture the lesser-known path, and this beautiful city on India’s Malabar Coast is sure to enchant you.

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Kollam is a beautiful place in South India, which fascinates you with its multitude of tourist attractions. Such was the fame of Kollam once as a trade center that everyone from the Romans, Arabs, Chinese, the Portuguese, Dutch, and British traders were clamoring to get their hands on the spices and the cashew crops of the region. Have a look at some of the best  Kollam tourist places for a surreal vacation in Kerala, truly God’s Own Country.

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1. Jatayu’s Earth Centre

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Spread across 65 acres of land, Jatayu Earth's Centre is a rock-themed park built to promote mythology and adventure. The world’s largest bird sculpture is the main attraction at Jatayupara Nature Park and is one among the several Kollam famous places . It has a 6D theatre, a digital audio-visual room, cable car and the Siddha Cave Healing Centre. The virtual reality museum here tells the story of Jatayu to visitors. It is also home to umpteen adventure activities including paintball, laser tag, archery, bouldering, rock climbing, air-rifle shooting, zip lining, trekking, rappelling, valley crossing, etc.

Timings:  9.30 am to 5.30 pm 

2. Thangassery Lighthouse

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Looking for the best tourist places in Kollam ? The Thangassery Lighthouse, also known as the Tangasseri Light House, boasts of being the second tallest on the entire coast of Kerala and is thus even one of the most visited lighthouses in the state on this account. The tower has a total height of 41 metres, or 135 feet, and has been operational since the year 1902.The majestic tower is clearly visible and distinct, with its painted red and white oblique bands, and looks pretty indeed in all its glory and majesty.

Timings :  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM , Closed on Monday

3. Palaruvi Falls

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Palaruvi Waterfalls, which literally translates to ‘Stream of Milk’. The white-stream waterfall descending from the height of 300ft resembles the shape of a horse’s tail. An ideal time to visit this place is from June to January.  It is the 32nd highest waterfall in India, also known to have Ayurvedic properties. The roaring sounds of the fall stand in stark contrast to the silence of the forests and mist-kissed mountains around it, therefore making it among the best tourist spots in Kollam .

Timings:   8 am to 4 pm

4. Sasthamkotta Lake

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Sasthamkotta Lake is the largest of its kind in Kerala and said to have derived its name from an ancient Sastha Temple located near the lake. It is surrounded by hills on the 3 sides and is the largest source of drinking water for the residents of Kollam. The reason for it being a freshwater source is the presence of larva chaoborus in the water which is responsible of consuming bacteria from the lake water and makes its healthy and fit for drinking. The lake is home for 27 species of freshwater fish. You can do boating and swimming in this lake.

Timings : 24-hrs, preferred 10 am – 6 pm

5. Kollam Beach

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Voted as the first 'Beach Wedding Destination' in Kerala, the Kollam Beach requires no introduction. There are a lot of  places to visit in Kollam , but this beach is one of the most scenic and beautiful. This beach is famous among some travellers with the name of Mahatma Gandhi Beach and soothes wanderers with lush green, calm backwaters, and endless water activities. The beach also has a lighthouse called the Tangasseri Lighthouse, which is a major landmark there. The cultural and spiritual aura of the beach is indeed contagious and fills the visitors with renewed energy and passions.

Timings  - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

6. Ashtamudi Lake

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The incredible beauty of Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake, it’s name has been derived from two words 'Ashta' meaning eight and 'Mudi' meaning branch, thereby stating the fact that lake has eight branches. It’s the second largest lake in Kerala. Thick coconut groves and palm trees can be seen all along the banks of the lake. The banks of the lake are also famous for the Chinese fishing nets. Backwater cruises are also available in the lake, between Kollam and Alappuzha. The boat cruise to Munroe Islands is a wonderful experience. There are many resorts along the lake that offer variety of water sports.

7. Thenmala

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Thenmala is India’s first planned eco-tourism destination located in the foothills of the Western Ghats of the Kollam district which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thenmala means honey hill. Thenmala is also a dam site with the Parappar Dam which spans the Kallada River. The honey collected from Thenmala forest is famous for its medicinal values. This place has facilities like winding pathways, Sway Bridge, amphitheatre, musical fountain, boating, & so on. To the east, Pathimoonam Kannara Bridge is a 13-arched bridge along a mountain railway route. The other attraction of Thenmala is the Deer Park.

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A hub of many popular shrines & temples for Hindus and Muslims, Mayyanad is amongst the best tourist places in Kollam. It lies on the banks of the Paravur Lake and also the coast of Arabian Sea. Located at a distance of 10 kms from Kollam, it has nine important temples. The most important of the nine temples here is the Subramanya temple at Umayanallor which is said to be blessed by Shri Shankaracharya of Kalladi. One can also visit an old mosque and several old churches in the area. There are frequent buses from Kollam to Mayyanad.

9. Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls

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Famous for clear blue waters that drops from majestic heights, the Kumbhavurutty Waterfall is one of the popular places to visit in Kollam that is situated in southern India. The waterfall is a part of the Achankovil River. The Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls is located in the vicinity of the Konni forest area, tops the list of most beautiful and magnanimous waterfalls in Kerala. This scenic spot never fails to enthral tourists with its splendid views and colourful hues of the water fallings from a height of 25 metres.

10. Sri Mahaganapathi Temple

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This temple is one of the famous pilgrimage spots in Kollam , popular among worshipers as the center of spirituality and devotion. Though the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Siva, this temple is famous as Lord Ganapathy temple situated in Kottarakkara at a distance of 25 Kms from Kollam. The temple is famous for Kottarakkara Unniappam, a rare sweet offered as Prasadam. The architecture of this centuries-old temple attracts most of the tourists admiring its charming design. The most interesting fact about this temple, where the family of shiva resides is that, even non-Hindus are allowed to visit here.

11. Thirumullavaram Beach

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An unexplored beach of Kerala where golden sand surrounds clear blue water and the serene seashore is embellished by coconut and palm trees which makes it a shady and silent place. This beach is famous for the yearly ritual of Karkidaka Vavubali. Holding a place in the list of  Kollam tourist places , this beach is ideal for morning and evening walks with a beautiful sight of the setting sun. This beach is excellent for sun bathing and swimming. Mahavishnu Temple near the beach is a worth visiting place. Another popular attraction here is the rocky platform that extends out to the sea known as the Sunday Rock.

12. Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary

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Want to spend some time with nature’s loved ones? Head to Shenduruny wildlife sanctuary Located in the Western Ghats in the Kollam district of Kerala which is one of the best  places to visit in Kollam . Kollam houses only this wildlife sanctuary, which is renowned for several species of flora and fauna and beautiful landscape. It encloses activities such as jungle camping, trekking, jeep safaris, bird watching, etc. The sanctuary is a part of the Agasthyamalai biosphere reserve. The sanctuary is spread across 26 sq. Kms artificial lake formed by Thenmala Dam.

13. Punalur

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One of the most surreal  tourist spot in Kollam  is Punalur that offers a rejuvenating experience and an Old World Charm. Punalur derives its name from two words in Tamil and Malayalam. ‘Punal’ in Tamil means water and the Malayalam word’ ooru’ means place, which combined together give the name Punalur or ‘place of water. Indeed Kallada flows right through the heart of the city with the famous suspension bridge hanging over it. Panalur is known as "Pepper Village of Kerala". Some of the tourist attractions are Shenthruni Forest, Palruvi and Courtallam Waterfalls, and the age-old Pattazhi Devi Temple.

14. Kakkathuruthu

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The Kakkathuruthu Island in Vembanad Lake, Alleppey is a small magnificent island popularly known as the island of crows. It is a heaven for bird watchers. The coconut trees, paddy fields, toddy tapping, fish farming, coir making, and traditional Kerala food like Appam, puttu, crab roast, shrimp fry, duck, pork dishes with fresh catch from the backwaters...there are numerous aspects which make Kakkathuruthu special. Tourists also enjoy the view of the setting sun and watching the sky hues. The sole place in Kerala listed in Nat Geo's magazine for relishing the time of dusk.

Things to do - Broom making, Boating, Chinese net, Shinkari melam, Catnet fishing, Clam meat processing.

15. Rameshwaram Temple

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An ancient temple in Kollam, this temple dates back to the 12th Century believed to be established in the Pandian style of architecture. This is one of the four Shiva temples built by the Natukotta Chettiar, a prominent mercantile caste who were worshippers of Lord Shiva. One fascinating feature of this temple is the sculpture of Vyala, the mythological monster. There are several inscriptions here written in Tamil, which date between the12-century and 16-century. The annual temple festival is celebrated in Jan/Feb every year.  This is probably one of the best tourist spots in Kollam !

16. Munroe Island

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Named after the British resident of Travancore, Colonel Munroe, Munroe Island is at a distance of 26 km from Kollam and the island is at the intersection of the Astamudi Lake and the Kallada River. The Munroe Island, also known as Mundrothuruthu, is a picturesque and magnificent inland island renowned for its splendid beauty and scenic views. This hidden treasure comprises of 8 islands in total, all of which are separated by small water channels and lakes. Munroe Island is connected with Pattomthuruthu & Pezhumthuruthu Islands by boat. Boat cruises are operated to the island twice daily. It’s one of the best among Kollam famous places .

17. Kollam Adventure Park

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The 200-year-old Government Guest House, an Adventure Park, the Tourist Boat Club, the Children's Traffic Park, and the Yatrinivas have situated in the Picnic Village: the vast tourist complex. Next to the government Guest House at Asramam, is an Adventure Park is also known as the Asramam Picnic Village: the center of leisure activities for people with no age limit. With the alluring backwaters, travellers can enjoy luxurious boating, picnic, and the art museum among other tourist places in Kollam . The major attractions of the adventure park include sculptures, an open gym, mangrove forest, boating, and British residency.

18. Kottukkal Cave Temple

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The Kottukkal Cave Temple is a beautiful and serene rock-cut shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kottayam MC Road, Kotthukkal village. The name Kottukal refers to Kothiya Kallu or carved rock. The temple is also known as Kaltrikkovil in Malayalam language. This temple has two caves, the bigger of which is enshrined by Nandi Bull and the smaller one with Lord Hanuman. In between these caves one can see the idol of Lord Ganapathy. The temple is an excellent example of rock cut architecture that prevailed between the 6th and 8th centuries CE, and is looked at with awe by architecture students as well as pious devotees alike.

19. Paravur Lake

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Paravur Lake or better known as Paravur Kayal is one of the popular lakes in Kollam . The glittering waters are a visual treat to the eyes. It is a small lake but an ideal spot for locals to come out and enjoy a day outing amidst the beauty of nature. The mangroves standing along both sides of the lake intensifies its beauty, making it more attractive. Another real fascination in the region of Paravur Lake is the Priyadarshini watercraft club. Swimming and surfing are the most popular activities here followed by fishing that requires permission from the local authorities. Apart from the waters, the nearby Puttingal Temple and Puthenkulam Elephant Village are the other attractions here.

20. Kottankulangara Devi Temple

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Kottankulangara Devi Temple is a Hindu temple located in Chavara, devoted to goddess Durga Bhagavathy, incarnation of Ma Parvati. The tourists are attracted by its unique architecture, where the temple has no roof above the sanctum. The sole temple in India that holds a unique ritual of men getting dressed in female attire at the Kottankulangara Festival (annual festival). There is a unique ritual called 'Chamaya Vilakku' where a group of young women come to the temple at night in a long procession with lighted lamps in their hands and also offer payasam, aravana, iratti madhuram and ornaments, silks etc. Other interests in & around Chavara include St. Andrews Church and Kovilthottam Beach & Light House.

21. Thevally Palace

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A place of great historic importance, Trevally Palace is situated on the banks of Ashtamude Lake. The striking feature about the palace is that it presents an intriguing fusion of Dutch, English, and Portuguese styles of architecture. It will take you back to the old-world charm. The beauty of this palace holds a magnificent view because of the lush green coconut plantation and palm trees' surroundings. This architectural wonder is one of the best historical places to visit in Kollam .

22. Oachira

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Situated on the Kollam-Alappuzha road is the Oachira, a pilgrim center that is known to attract a large number of tourists. The unique feature of this famous pilgrim center is that there is no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma temple dedicated to universal consciousness. Oachira Kali in mid-June and the twelve-day Panthrandu Vilakku in November/December are the two main annual festivals. According to the Puranas, this glorious temple is one of the most famous and sacred places that can be found in Kerala, or for that matter, all over the country.

23. Pathanapuram

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One of the major trading hubs of kollam District is Pathanapuram. Acknowledged as one of the  tourist places in Kollam , Pathanapuram is located on the shore of river Kallada. The prime attraction of the area is a festival of Chandanakkudam Mahotsavam organized by the mosque during the months of February and March. Some of the live-stock activities like dairying, poultry, goat rearing and industrial activities like brick making, bamboo weaving, etc. are common in Pathanapuram.  The cultivation of spice and rubber is the foremost attraction of this place.

24. Aryankavu Sastha Temple

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Aryankavu Sastha Temple a Hindu temple and one among the 108 Sastha shrines in the Indian state of Kerala.   It is one of the five important temples in Kerala, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa/Sastha. Here Lord Ayappa is worshiped in his teenage form and is known as Tiru Aryan, hence giving the temple its name Ariankavu or Aryankavu. Mandala Pooja and Tirukalyanam celebrated in the month of December are the main festivals here. What fascinates the travellers are the mural paintings hanging on the pillar and walls. Apart from this, travellers can also visit Palaruvi waterfalls which is situated 5 kms from Aryankavu.

25. St. Thomas Fort

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Thangassery Fort is also known as St. Thomas Fort located on the beach of Thangassery on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the city of Kollam. It’s a famous trading center of pepper with rich trade history and culture. The fort remains as one of the most important archaeological sites in Kollam, attracting tourists to visit this monument and unwind its historical trading link. The rustic appearance and lush green surroundings of the fort makes it an excellent point for photography and mesmerizes the travellers with its exquisite architecture. If you are a history lover, visit this fort to learn about the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British rulers.

26. Anandavalleeswaram Temple

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Anandavalleswaram temple, devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is one of the famous temples in Kollam . It’s a great tourist spot and one of the most ancient temples of Kerala. The story that revolves around the name of this temple states that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are in a happy state and hence the name ‘Anandavalleswaram’. The worshipers here get peace, while the travellers get mesmerised by its charm and tranquillity.

27. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum

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The Sardar Vallabhai Patel Police Museum pays tribute to the police forces of Kerala and also traces their history and development. The museum represents the historical figure, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, famously known as the ‘Iron Man of India’. One of the most famous landmarks here is the Martyrs Gallery, which includes police holds arms and ammunition of the 18th and 19th century including bullets, guns, machines, and much more. Additionally, the place endures the unknown facts about Kerala Police force and information charts on DNA tests, human bones, fingerprints and snapshots of police dogs, etc.

Timings : The museum is open on all days except for Sundays between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

28. Chinnakada Clock Tower

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The Clock Tower is situated in Chinnakada and it is a major landmark in the town of Kollam. It is considered as the heart of the city Kollam. The tower faces four directions of the city with clocks on all sides, and the fascinating architectural design of the colonial era attracts the tourist to visit here. The clock tower has become a non-official symbol of Kollam and is the busiest part of the city where roads from Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Downtown, Sengottai, Ashramam, Kollam Beach, and the City bus stand meet.

29. Kollam Pooram – Sri Krishna Temple

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Kollam Pooram is a famous 10 day festival celebrated in the month of April every year at Sri Krishna Temple. The festival begins with the hoisting of a flag and the deities of the nearby temples are brought to the Krishna Temple atop 58 beautifully decorated elephants to pay homage to Lord Krishna. This ritual is known as cherupooram. Kathakali is performed on all days of the festival. Kudamattam ceremony is celebrated in a grand manner on the last day of festival. Thousands of devotees gather in the temple compound to witness this grand spectacle.

30. Rosemala

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Nestled amidst the pretty pristine woods of Shenduruney forests, Rosemala is a well-kept secret of Kerala. Located in the Aryanvaku in the Kollam district, the valley appears the unfurling petals of a rose, hence the name. The highlight of the place is that it can only be reached by a 10 km long trek through the jungle. Boasting of gorgeous surroundings, the major attractions here are a lake and a watchtower. It indeed is one of the most beautiful  places to visit in Kollam . The beautiful valley abounds in the bounty of nature and is a mesmerizing place to visit.

Kollam is well-known for its scenic beauty and all you have to do is take a look at the above list of Kollam tourist places in order to plan your itinerary. Explore Kollam like you have never before and know about many hidden gems of the place. If you want a slice of the famed backwater tourism of Kerala and want to escape from the monotonous urban life, do not think twice but simply head to Kollam with great discounts on flight booking via EaseMyTrip . The best time to visit Kollam is between November and March when it is not too rainy or not too hot.

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About Kollam

Country: india | state: kerala, #11 of 24 places to visit in kerala | places to visit in india, ideal trip duration: 1-2 days, base station: kollam, nearest city to kollam: trivandrum (70 kms), best time to visit kollam: october to march, peak season: december to january & may to june, kollam weather: maximum: 36°c minimum: 20.7°c.

At a distance of 69 km from Trivandrum, 83 km from Alleppey, 94 km from Kottayam, 135 km from Kochi, and 156 km from Kanyakumari, Kollam, also known as Quilon is an old seaport city in Kerala. Lies between the Ashtamudi Lake and Lakshadweep Sea, Kollam is the headquarters of the Kollam district, and among the must-include places in Kerala tour packages . Situated on the shores of Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam is the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and one of the prominent places to visit near Kochi and Trivandrum. Thirty percent of this district is covered by Ashtamudi Lake. The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the best way to explore the Kerala backwaters. It is also very famous for cashew processing and coir manufacturing. Kollam was a flourishing port during the Chera dynasty and later became the capital of the independent Venad or Kingdom of Quilon. Kollam had a strong commercial reputation since the days of the Phoenicians and Romans. Desinganadu Rajas exchanged embassies with Chinese rulers while there was a flourishing Chinese settlement at Kollam. It was considered as one of the five main ports dealing with Chinese trade in the 14th century. In 1502, the first trading center was established in Kollam by the Portuguese. The Portuguese were followed by the Dutch and then the British in 1795. Kollam attracts travelers all-round the year with its wide variety of sightseeing options that one must visit as part of Kollam tour packages . Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Thangasseri Beach, Munroe Island, Ashtamudi Lake, Sasthamkotta Lake, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Rameshwara Temple, Achencoil, Amritapuri Ashram, Aryankavu, Chavara, Kottarakkara, Oachira, and Pullichira Church are the most famous places to visit in Kollam . Kallada Boat race is one of the famous celebrated events in Kollam. This boat race attracts a large number of tourists and is usually held on the 19th of January along with the great elephant march simultaneously. Kollam can be visited along with Trivandrum tour packages . Kollam is well connected by bus, train, and air. Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport (66 km from Kollam). Kollam Railway Station is well connected to the major cities like Chennai, Hubli, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Mangalore, Nagarcoil, Madurai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Kanyakumari, and Kochi. KSRTC bus service connects Kollam to all cities in Kerala. Private buses are also available to Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Thrissur. The best time to visit Kollam is from October to March, while the peak seasons are from November to January. It usually takes 1-2 full days to explore this area.

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#1 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 2 km from Kollam Railway Station, Ashtamudi Lake is a beautiful lake situated in the Kolla district of Kerala. It is the southern gateway to the backwater of Kerala, and among the most visited tourist places in Kollam . Spread over an area of 16 km, Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest lake in Kerala, after Vembanad Lake, which has found its way into the sea through the Neendakara estuary. The 8 arms or channels of the Ashtamudi Lake are what gave it its name. The lake resembles the shape of a palm conifer or an octopus. Surrounded by lush green trees and swaying coconut palms, Ashtamudi Lake is famous for its panoramic views. Boating is offered in the lake by The Kollam Boat Club. It is the entrance to the famous backwaters of Kerala and the houseboat rides here are extremely famous. The Kollam to Alappuzha route is considered among the best in the backwaters. A lot of tourists come here .....

Kollam Beach

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#2 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 2 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Kollam Beach, also known as Kochupilamodu Beach is located in Kochupilamodu. It is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Beach. The Mahatma Gandhi Park situated at the southern end of the beach is an added attraction. The beach offers beautiful views of sunset and it is ideal for swimming.

Thirumullavaram Beach

Thirumullavaram Beach

#3 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 5.5 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Thirumullavaram Beach is a beautiful beach with full of coconut palms. This beach is excellent for bathing and swimming. Mahavishnu Temple near the beach is a worth visiting place.

Thangasseri Beach & Light House

Thangasseri Beach & Light House

#4 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 4 Kms from Kollam Railway Station, Thangasseri Beach is a beautiful & historical beach on Ariabian Sea. This place was a Portuguese settlement in 15th/16th century and later changed hands between Dutch & British. Thangasseri beach is a wonderful place to spend an evening and watch the lovely sunset. The beach is adjacent to Kollam Fort. At north-east corner of the beach, the ruins of Thangasseri Fort built in the 18th century are also interesting to visit. Lighthouse situated close to the beach is worth visiting. Built in 1902, the majestic Lighthouse is 144 feet tall. Lighthouse is open to public between 3:30 PM & 5:30 PM. Feb to Nov is the best time to visit Thangasseri Beach.

Kappil Beach

Kappil Beach

#5 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 18 Kms from Kollam and 6 Kms from Varkala, Kappil Beach is a famous weekend gateway from Tivandrum. Sprawls across 25 acres of land, the thin line of sand beach separates Edava-Nadayara Lake from the Arabian Sea. Swimming, water sports and Sun-bathing are famous activities at this spot. Boating is available in the backwaters of the lake at Priyadarshini Boat Club and Lake Sagar Boat Club near Beach. Dolphins are an added attraction on the Kappil Beach. Kappil Beach is connected by bus service from Kollam, Varkala & Trivandrum.

Thenmala Dam

Thenmala Dam

#6 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 68 km from Kollam, 39 km from Tenkasi & 73 km from Trivandrum, Thenmala Dam also known as Kallada Dam or Parappara Dam located in Thenmala village is built across Kalla River. It is situated very close to Kollam - Tenkasi road. The dam is located amidst picturesque location with beautiful surroundings at the foothills of the Western Ghats. The surroundings of Thenmala Dam are developed under eco-tourism development activities. It is also selected by World Tourism Organisation as one of the best eco-friendly projects in the world. Thenmala means honey hill. Due to the peculiar floristic composition of the forest, the honey collected from Thenmala forest is famous for its medicinal values. This place has facilities like winding pathways, sway bridge, amphitheatre and a musical fountain. You can also visit the traditional tree houses of the tribal of this area. There are also boating facilities in the reservoir. .....

Palaruvi Waterfalls

Palaruvi Waterfalls

#7 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 29 km from Tenkasi, 81 km from Kollam, & 86 km from Trivandrum, Palaruvi Waterfall is a wonderful waterfall located at Aryankavu. Situated on Kollam - Tenkasi road, it is one of the popular waterfalls in Kerala , and among the must-visit places during Kollam trip . Palaruvi Waterfalls, which literally translates to 'Stream of Milk', cascades down through rocks from a height of about 300 feet. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls near Trivandrum . The waterfall is surrounded by lush green valleys and natural herbal groves, which makes this waterfall, rich in medicinal properties. Regarded as one of the most famous Kollam sightseeing places , the Palaruvi Waterfall is known to have ayurvedic properties. Locals believe that .....

Paravur

#8 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 16 km from Kollam, Paravur is a beautiful place with a combination of Sea, Lakes, Rivers, Backwaters, and vast green fields. This is one of the fabulous places in Kerala and among the must-include places in Kollam tour packages . Paravur town has a small lake that merges with the backwaters of Kerala. The mangroves standing along both sides of the lake intensifies its beauty, making it more attractive. This lake is popular and significant as it connects as a part of the Trivandrum-Shornaur Canal System to the Edava and Ashtamudi Kayal. Another real fascination in the region of Paravur lake is the Priyadarshini watercraft club. This watercraft club uncovers immense boating choices in the realm where the Arabian Sea, river, and the Kappil backwater merge. With a thin stretch of narrow land dividing the sea and Pravur lake, the beach at Paravur is ideal to sit and gaze at the natural beauty.

Janardhana Swamy Temple - Varkala

Janardhana Swamy Temple - Varkala

#9 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of about 26 km from Kollam, Janardhana Swamy Temple is located in Varkala, which is a coastal town on the banks of Arabian Sea. Situated on top of a small hillock near Papanasam Beach, this temple is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Hanuman and it is important for 'Pithrutharpanam'. The temple was maintained by the Pandya Kings. Only Hindus are allowed inside the inner sanctum of the temple. Photography is not allowed inside. Timings: 4 AM to 12 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM

Clock Tower

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#10 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam

At a distance of 0.5 Km from Kollam Railway Station, Clock Tower is situated in Chinnakada and it is a major landmark in the town of Kollam. This tower has become an unofficial symbol of Kollam District. This quadrangular tower was built by the natives in honor of Unichakam Veedu K G Parameshwaran Pillai, the former chairman of Kollam Municipality between 1932 & 1948. The construction was started in 1941 and completed in 1944. Built with brick and white cement, it has the distinction of being the first clock tower of Travancore. The four big clocks placed on the sides were brought from Kolkata.

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Day 1: most popular attractions, day 2: off the beaten path, day 3: east side of town, jatayu earth's center.

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Kollam beach, thangassery light house, h &j mall karunagappally, where to eat, frankztreat restaurant, the marcopolo bar, green pepper, gowri sankar restaurant, palaruvi waterfalls, shendurney wildlife sanctuary, thazhuthala sree maha ganapathi temple, sree kulashekharaperumal sree venkitachalapathy devasthanam deshikar sannidhi, hotel aryaas classic, mahatma gandhi park, light house, sri major rameshwaram mahadeva temple, cheena kottaram, sardar vallabhai patel police museum, chef nalan restaurant, the fisherman's bay, all spice restaurant, my dosa kada, popular road trips from kollam, what's the weather like in kollam.

It depends on when you visit! We've compiled data from NASA on what the weather is like in Kollam for each month of the year: see the links below for more information.

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  • 15 Best Places To Visit In Kollam: A Multitude Of Tourist Attractions

15 Best Places To Visit in Kollam: A Multitude of Tourist Attractions

15 Best Places To Visit in Kollam: A Multitude of Tourist Attractions

Experience a slice of heaven in Kollam, one of Kerala’s most sought after destinations that fascinate travellers with a multitude of attractions. Once a trade centre of spices and cashew for everyone, including Arabs, Romans, British, Portuguese, Chinese and Dutch traders, this majestic town is a surreal vacation spot of today. It offers a galore of nature spots, historic sites, ancient temples, beaches, and a lot more to leave you spellbound.

Here is a list of the 15 best Kollam tourist places to include in your itinerary when on a vacation in this majestic town.

1. Palaruvi Waterfalls  

Palaruvi is a delightful picnic spot of Kollam. Besides the greenery and scenic beauty, the milky stream of water falling from a height of 300 feet on the rocky terrain offers a spectacular view, attractive locals and tourists. This place is frequently visited by people looking to relax and rejuvenate in the lap of mother nature.

Not just one of the exciting places to visit in Kollam, Palaruvi waterfall is also known to have Ayurvedic properties.

Location: Palaruvi waterfall is located in the Aryankavu village of Kollam, which is around 75 km from the city and can be reached in 2 hours via NH744 by car.

2. Ashtamudi Lake  

One of Kerala's most visited backwaters, Ashtamudi is the second largest lake in the state that is known for its unique wetland ecosystem. It is a large palm-shaped or octopus-shaped water body surrounded by palm trees and thick coconut grooves, making it famous among locals and tourists for houseboat cruises from Kollam to Alappuzha.

Besides backwater cruising, the lake is known for its incredible beauty and nearby resorts.

Location: Ashtamudi lake is around 18 km from the main Kollam city and can be reached in about 32 minutes via NH 66 by car.

3. Mayyanad  

Mayyanad village in Kollam is a place of religious importance. It is known to have some of the oldest shrines and temples in the country. Additionally, it is also home to one of the nine most important Hindu temples in India, The Subramanya Temple. The temple is believed to have been consecrated by the great Hindu philosopher Shree Sankaracharya.

Together with other famous temples and shrines, Mayyanad is among the most visited Hindu pilgrim sites of Kerala.

Location: Mayyanad village is around 9 km from the main Kollam city. It can be reached in about 17 minutes via NH 66 by car.

4. Jatayu’s Earth Centre  

Also popularly known as Jatayu Nature Park or Jatayu Rock, it is a tourism centre that features a 6D theatre, an audio/visual digital room, a cable car and many more exciting things to make your visit worthwhile. This brilliantly designed structure is spread over 65 acres of land and holds the distinction of being the world’s largest bird sculpture.

The sculpture represents Jatayu, the demi-god in the form of a vulture mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

Location: Jatayu Earth Centre is about 36.7 km from the main Kollam city and can be reached in about 53 minutes via NH 66 by car.

5. Thenmala Deer Park  

Among the best tourist places to visit in Kollam, it is an eco-park situated in the dense woods of the Kallada riverside forest. The place is home to different types of deer, including Sambar deer, Spotted deer, Barking deer, Axis deer and many more. Besides, the place also features tinkering waterfalls, ropeways, a children’s park and a treehouse for visitors to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Location: Thenmala deer park is around 60 km from the main Kollam city and can be reached in 1 hour 35 minutes via NH 744 by car.

6. Thirumullavaram Beach  

Yet another interesting attraction on the list of best Kollam tourist places is the Thirumullavaram beach. This secluded nature spot is best for sightseeing or spending some quality time with your loved ones. Visitors get to enjoy lovely views of the sun-soaked sand, lush greenery and serene blue sea.

Besides, the beach is famous for the yearly rituals of Karkidaka Vavu Bali. It is the sacrificial ritual performed in the memory of the departed souls of ancestors.

Location: Thirumullavaram beach is around 8 km from the main Kollam city. It can be reached in about 17 minutes via Panvel - Kochi - Kanyakumari Highway and NH 744 by car.

7. Kollam Beach

Also known as Mahatma Gandhi beach, it is among the popular beaches and the best places to visit in Kollam. The place is known for its lush greenery, calm backwaters and thrilling water activities. Besides, Kollam beach is also one of the best destination wedding sites in Kerala, offering the perfect backdrop. The visual aura of this place is such that it leaves you with an urge to come back again and again.

Location: Kollam beach is around 7 km from the main city. It can be reached in about 16 minutes via Thangassery Beach coastal road and NH 744 by car.

8. Kollam Adventure Park  

Also known as Asraman Picnic Village, it is among the best tourist places in Kollam for a one day trip. The urban park is spread across 48 acres of sprawling land and features endless fun and recreational activities. Rally your friends and family to this park and spend some quality time in lush green surroundings and fresh air.

Besides, visitors can also explore the museum or enjoy boating on the backwaters of the Ashtamudi river.

Location: Kollam adventure park is located in the heart of Kollam city. It can be easily reached in 10 minutes by car via Asramam road.

9. Anandavalleswaram Sri Mahadevar Temple  

A famous Hindu pilgrimage site, it is among the ancient temples in Kerala. It has Lord Shiva and Goddess Anandavally as the main deities along with Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Bhoomi and Goddess Lakshmi. As per traditional beliefs, both the main deities at the Anandavalleswaram Sri Mahadevar Temple were placed and worshipped by sage Parashurama in the yesteryears. Thereby, increasing its religious and historic significance, and making it one of the best places to visit in Kerala.

Location: The temple is around 5 km from the main Kollam city. It can be reached in about 13 minutes by car via Panvel - Kochi - Kanyakumari highway and NH 744.

10. S hendurney Wildlife Sanctuary  

Shendurney forest was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1984 after several exotic and commonly found wildlife species made the forest their home. Animals here stay in their natural habitat and are safe from poachers. It is among the most beautiful places in Kollam that can be explored by wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

The sanctuary comes under the control of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve as a protected area to safeguard its rich biodiversity of 1257 plant species and 379 animal species.

Location: The wildlife sanctuary is around 66 km from the main Kollam city. It can be reached in about 2 hours by car.

11. Kakkathuruthu Island  

One of the most beautiful tourist places in Kollam for a one day trip, Kakkathuruthu island is like a treasure trove for nature lovers and bird watchers. The thick coconut groves, paddy fields, fish farming, toddy tapping, and the traditional Kerala food; it is perfect for planning weekend getaways to get some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The mesmerizing beauty of this island has made it bag a place in Nat Geo’s magazine dedicated to some of the most beautiful places to relish during dusk.

Location: Kakkathuruthu Island is around 124 km from the main Kollam city. It can be reached in about 3 hours via NH 66 by car.

12. Munroe Island  

The hidden gem of Kollam, Munroe island is an inland island group located at the confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada river. It is a group of 8 islets separated by small water channels, making it the best place in Kerala for canal cruising.

The island’s main attractions are its tranquil surroundings, narrow backwaters and the famous Kallada boat race that takes place during the Onam festival.

Location: Munroe island is at a distance of around 15 km from the main Kollam city. It can be reached in about 56 minutes via NH 66 by car.

13. Rosemala View Point

On the list of beautiful Kollam tourist places is the Rosemala viewpoint that attracts locals and tourists for its surreal surroundings. It has a bewitching aura that almost seems to have come alive from a fairy tale. This scenic offbeat place is located amidst the pristine woods of Shendurney forest, featuring a lake and a watchtower.

Locals believe that the place was built as an estate by the wife of a British planter and is named after her name Roslin. Other viewpoints are that this thick forest land resembles the shape of a rose, thereby giving it the name Rosemala.

Location: Rosemala is around 86 km from the mail Kollam city. I can be reached in about 2 hours 37 minutes via NH 744 by car.

14. Thangassery Lighthouse  

Also spelt as Tangasserri, this famous lighthouse is among the best tourist attractions in Kollam. It is one of the two lighthouses in the city that are maintained by the Cochin Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships. It boasts of being the second tallest and most visited lighthouse in Kerala, thanks to the marvellous architecture standing at a height of 135 feet. Besides, it is also among the oldest lighthouses in Kerala, operational since 1902.

Location: The place is at a distance of 8 km from the main Kollam city. It can be reached in about 30 minutes via Thangassery Beach Coastal road.

15. Meppattu Sri Mahaganapathi Temple

Last on our list of Kollam tourist places is the famous Sri Mahaganapathi Temple. More than being a tourist attraction for its century-old architecture, the temple holds a religious and historic significance. Though the main deity at the temple is Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesh and Lord Kartikeya, it is famous as a Ganapati temple.

An interesting fact about the temple is that people from all over the world are allowed to offer prayers regardless of their religion.

Location: The temple is at a distance of 8 km from the main Kollam city. It can be reached in about 24 minutes via NH 66 by car.

Pack your bags and get ready to explore Kerala's hidden gem Kollam. Also, check out the best Kerala tour packages online to discover other aspects of the state.

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Such was the fame of Kollam once as a trade centre that everyone from the Romans, Arabs, Chinese, the Portuguese, Dutch, and British traders were clamouring to get their hands on the spices and the cashew crops of the region. Today, it is famous as the southern entrance to Kerala’s backwaters with over a third of its surface covered by the Ashtamudi Lake. Jump on board a boathouse for an eight-hour ride to Alleppey, one of the most beautiful and coveted rides in the whole of Kerala or simply explore the plethora of sites that Kollam has to offer that range from traditional ornate temples to hanging out on the beaches. Here are the best tourist attractions and places to visit in Kollam.

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  • Astamudi Lake
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1.Astamudi Lake

This is the second largest lake in Kerala and also the gateway to the backwater tourism of Kerala. Famous for its scenic views of coconut groves and palm trees on the shores, boating facilities and houseboat rides are available here. There are many resorts also along the shores that offer a variety of water sports. The Chinese fishing nets on sight here are also a good draw for photography enthusiasts. 

2. Palaruvi Waterfalls

Palaruvi Waterfalls

Palaruvi literally translates to “milky streams” and this mesmerizing waterfall is located on the Kollam-Shencottah Road and is a two and half hour ride from Kollam. The water falls from a height of 300-feet and is supposed to have Ayurvedic properties. A popular picnic spot, the ideal time to visit this place is from June to January.

3. British Residency

This colonial two storey building, right in the heart of Kollam, was built by Col. John Munro and has touches of Indian, European, and Tuscan architecture to it. The building is famous for its murals and artistic flourishes. The Edward Rose Garden and the clock tower are the other notable landmarks within the grounds of this building.

4. Kollam Beach

Kollam Beach

Centrally located and just 2 kilometres from the Kollam Railway Station, Kollam Beach is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Kochupilamodu Beach offers beautiful views of the sunset and is ideal for a leisurely day out with family and friends. The waves near the shore are not high and the place is ideal for swimming. This is definitely one of the best tourist attractions in Kollam.

5. Thirumullavaram Beach

Arguably, the second most popular beach in Kollam after Kollam Beach, this beach is full of coconut palms, which makes it a shady and silent place. The beach is ideal for morning and evening walks with a beautiful sight of the setting sun. Picnics, swimming, and sunbathing are the ideal activities here as there are no danger zones here. A popular attraction here is the Maha Vishnu Temple. Another popular attraction here is the rocky platform that extends out to the sea known as the Sunday Rock. During low tide, this platform can be seen extending out to the sea for around 1.5 kilometres. According to a survey, the beach is one of the 16 best-maintained beaches in India . It is at a distance of 5.5 kilometres from the Kollam Railway Station.

6. Thangasseri Beach and Light House

Thangasseri Beach and Light House

Completing the trio of beaches in Kollam is the Thangasseri Beach and Lighthouse, which is a historical beach where beauty and history come together. The beach has a history of rolling into the hands of settlers one after the other from the Portuguese to the Dutch and finally to the British. The remains of these exchanges are still here. At the north-east end of the beach are the ruins of the Thangasseri Fort, a relic from the 18-century. Another monument connected to the beach is the Lighthouse built in 1902 and is 144-feet in height. The Lighthouse is open to the public between 3:20 pm and 5:30 pm on all days. The best time to visit the beach is between November and February. This is one of the best places to see in Kerala .

7. Munroe Island

Named after the British resident of Travancore, Colonel Munroe, Munroe Island is at a distance of 26 kilometres from Kollam and the island is at the intersection of the Astamudi Lake and the Kallada River. Canoe tours are one of the best ways to experience this island and see the life of the riverine population here. Stone age tools discovered here has meant that this is an important historical destination now. Boat cruises are operated to the island twice daily.

8. Rameshwaram Temple

Rameshwaram Temple

Rameshwaram Temple is one of the oldest temples in this region and according to local history, this is one of the four Siva temples built by the Natukotta Chettiar, a prominent mercantile caste who were worshippers of Lord Shiva.

The temple was built in the 12-century and is reflective of the Pandyan style of architecture with beautiful sculptures. There are several inscriptions here written in Tamil, which date between the12-century and 16-century. An annual temple festival is celebrated here every year between January and February.

9. Jatayupara

In the Ramayana, Jatayu is the name of the bird who fights with the demon king Ravana to rescue Sita, the consort of Lord Rama. Jatayupara takes its name from the place where Jatayu apparently fell after its wing was cut off by Ravana.

Today, a massive sculpture of Jatayu, the world’s largest bird sculpture ((200 feet (61 m) long, 150 feet (46 m) broad, 70 feet (21 m) in height and having 15,000 square feet (1,400 m 2 ) of floor area) is the main attraction at Jatayupara Nature Park, which is at a height of 1200-feet above sea level and at a distance of 38 kilometres from Kollam. There is a nature park around the sculpture. This place is a unique combination of culture, mythology, technology, and art. Apart from the awe-inspiring sculpture, the virtual reality museum here tells the story of Jatayu to visitors. The Jatayu Adventure Centre here also offers all the modern fun amenities with adventure activities such as zip lining, trekking, rappelling, wall climbing, bouldering, valley crossing, and paintball shooting. The climbing activities are built into the natural rock formations on the hill here.

The Siddha Cave Healing Centre here ensures that you get a complete experience here. This is one of the best tourist attractions in Kollam that should not be missed at any cost.

10. Kollam Pooram – Sri Krishna Temple

At a distance of 2.5 kilometres from the Kollam Railway Station, is the Sri Krishna Temple, which becomes the site of the Kollam Pooram Festival in April every year. The 10-day festival begins with the hoisting of a flag and the deities of the nearby temples are brought to the Krishna Temple atop beautifully decorated elephants to pay homage to Lord Krishna. Different rituals and ceremonies take place throughout the 10 days and thousands of devotees gather in the temple compound to witness this colourful extravaganza.

11. Paravur                 

 Paravur

Another favourite for backwater trips, Paravur gives you a heady concoction of the sea, backwater lakes, rivers, and vast stripes of greenery. Swimming and surfing are the most popular activities at Paravur followed by fishing that requires permission from the local authorities. Apart from the waters, the nearby Puttingal Temple and Puthenkulam Elephant Village are the other attractions here.

12. St. Andrews Church –Kovilthottam

The St. Andrews Church at Kovilthottam is one of the most famous landmarks for Christian pilgrims to Kollam. Built in 1398 originally, the present day structure dates backs to 1779 and this picturesque church with its antique sculpture is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and the T.S. Canal on the east. The church is at a distance of 17 kilometres from Kollam.

13. Mahadeva Temple

Situated on the banks of the Astamudi Lake and 7 kilometres from the Kollam Railway Station this is a Shiva Temple where two important festivals are held every year. The annual Srattu Festival is held every year in February and attracts thousands of devotees. The highlight during this festival is the eight artificial horses that represent the eight areas around the temple. Another famous festival here is the Kettukazhcha festival, which is a festival celebrated in the months of December to January.

14. Kappil Beach

Kappil Beach

If you want to head to a beach outside Kollam, Kappil Beach might just be your correct choice. Sprawling across 25 acres of land, swimming, water sports, sun-bathing, and boating are the big draws on this beach. Additionally, the sight of dolphins on this beach gives it its USP. Kappil Beach is well-connected by road and bus service from Kollam.

15. Janardhana Swamy Temple

 This 2000-year-old temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Hanuman and is at a distance of around 26 kilometres from Kollam in the coastal town of Varkala. This temple is famous for conducting ‘Pithrutharpanam’, the ceremony where the departed ancestors are worshipped. Only Hindus are allowed in the garbhagriha or inner sanctum of the temple and photography is not allowed inside. 

16. Sardar Vallabhai Patel Police Museum Kerala

The Sardar Vallabhai Patel Police Museum pays tribute to the police forces of Kerala and also traces their history and development. It is a prominent landmark of Kollam and was started by former Inspector General of Police, B Sandhya.

One of the most famous landmarks here is the Martyrs Gallery, which includes police arms and ammunition used in the 18-century and 19-century. Along with this, there are other important artefacts, which display information related to fingerprinting, DNA tests, photos of police dogs and medals.

Another popular section is the natural calamity section, which houses tragic images from the Tsunami in Kollam and images of the Malanada Fire Works incident. The museum is open on all days except for Sundays between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

17. Punalur

Punalur is at a distance of about 38 kilometres from Kollam and derives its name from two words in Tamil and Malayalam. ‘Punal’ in Tamil means water and the Malayalam word’ ooru’ means place, which combined together give the name Punalur or ‘place of water’. This is more than true as the river Kallada gushes through the heart of the city. Apart from the river, there is plenty of flora to be seen here in the form of forests full of pineapples, pepper, cinnamon, and other spices. For those with an adventurous spirit, the Thenmala Ecotourism Park is the perfect spot.

Since the town is in the middle of the Western Ghats, the town is also a good connecting point for further activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and adventure sports. Some of the tourist attractions to head to from here can be the Shenthruni Forest, Palruvi, and Courtallam Waterfalls and the age old Pattazhi Devi Temple. This is another one of the best places to see in Kollam.

These, in a nutshell, are the places to visit and tourist attractions in Kollam. If you want a slice of the famed backwater tourism of   Kerala, do not think twice but simply head to Kollam. Due to the good connectivity by road, there is very little to plan as such because there are buses available to all major destinations. Figure out your itinerary before visiting this place to ensure maximum use of available time. The best time to visit Kollam is between November and March when it is not too rainy or not too hot.

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Best Places to Visit in Kollam Kerala: Temples, Waterfalls, Beaches, Lakes

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Kollam , also known as Quilon, is a coastal city in the south of Kerala, famous for its cashew industry, backwaters, and historical monuments. Kollam is one of the oldest ports in the Arabian Sea and was once a major trade center for spices, pearls, and timber. Kollam has many attractions for tourists, ranging from ancient temples, churches, and mosques, to stunning waterfalls, beaches, and lakes.

Best Places to Visit in Kollam Kerala

In this article, we will introduce you to some of the best places to visit in Kollam, Kerala , such as the Thangassery Lighthouse, the Palaruvi Falls, the Kollam Beach, and the Sasthamkotta Lake.

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Kottukkal Cave Temple

Situated near Kottukkal village, the Kottukkal Cave Temple is a hidden gem in Kollam Kerala . This ancient rock-cut temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and boasts intricate rock-cut sculptures that date back to the 8th century.

  • Historical Significance : The temple’s rock-cut architecture and elaborate carvings provide a glimpse into Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Architectural Marvel : Visitors can admire the impressive sculptures depicting various deities and mythological figures inside the cave temple.
  • Spiritual Experience : Exploring the sacred chambers and engravings within the temple offers a serene and contemplative experience for spiritual travelers.

Witnessing the Kottukkal Cave Temple’s historical and architectural wonders is a must for those seeking a deeper understanding of Kerala’s cultural world.

Kollam Pooram

Kollam Pooram is a vibrant traditional festival celebrated annually at the Asramam Maidan in the heart of Kollam. This spectacular event brings together colorful processions, majestic elephants , and fascinating cultural performances.

  • Date : Usually held in February and March
  • Decorated Elephants : Adorned with golden caparisons and glittering ornaments
  • Melam : Mesmerizing percussion ensembles fill the air with energetic rhythms
  • Fireworks : Illuminating the night sky in a dazzling display of lights
  • Traditional Arts : Showcasing Kerala’s rich cultural heritage through dance and music

Joining the festivities of Kollam Pooram offers a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the lively spirit of Kerala. Witness the grandeur of this captivating event that encapsulates the essence of the region’s vibrant traditions.

Thangassery Lighthouse

When exploring Kollam, Kerala , a visit to Thangassery Lighthouse is a must on your itinerary. This iconic structure stands tall overlooking the Arabian Sea , offering breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline and the surrounding area.

  • Location : Situated in Thangassery , this lighthouse dates back to the colonial era and serves as a historic landmark in the region.
  • History : Built in the early 20th century , the lighthouse has played a crucial role in guiding vessels along the coast, adding to its significance.
  • Experience : Climbing to the top of the lighthouse rewards you with a spectacular vista, making it an ideal spot for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
  • Sunset views : Catching a mesmerizing sunset from the Thangassery Lighthouse is an experience that shouldn’t be missed during your visit.
  • Heritage : The lighthouse is a part of Kerala’s maritime heritage , offering visitors a glimpse into the region’s seafaring past.

Whether you’re a history buff, a photography enthusiast, or simply enjoy scenic vistas, a visit to Thangassery Lighthouse promises a memorable experience that captures the essence of Kerala’s coastal charm .

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Panmana Ashram

Panmana Ashram is a significant spiritual and cultural site in Kollam, Kerala, offering a serene retreat for visitors. Established by the renowned social reformer, Chattampi Swamikal , in the late 19th century, this ashram holds historical and philosophical importance.

At Panmana Ashram, visitors can immerse themselves in the teachings of Chattampi Swamikal and experience a peaceful ambiance conducive to introspection and meditation. The ashram’s architecture, characterized by its traditional Kerala style, adds to the overall spiritual atmosphere.

Exploring the ashram’s surroundings , one can find lush greenery, temples, and Chattampi Swamikal’s Samadhi , creating a harmonious environment for spiritual seekers and tourists alike. The ashram also hosts various cultural and religious events, providing a glimpse into Kerala’s rich heritage and traditions.

For those seeking a blend of spirituality and tranquility , Panmana Ashram offers a unique opportunity to connect with Kerala’s cultural roots and rejuvenate the mind and soul.

Munroe Island

Munroe Island, situated at the confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River, is a hidden gem in Kollam, Kerala . Here, we can immerse ourselves in the tranquil backwaters and lush greenery, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • Explore the intricate network of backwater canals on a relaxing houseboat cruise .
  • Witness the traditional village life and local culture as we interact with friendly villagers.
  • Engage in activities like fishing , bird watching , and canoeing amidst breathtaking natural surroundings.

Must-Visit Places

  • Visit the pristine beaches for a peaceful day by the sea.
  • Explore the coconut groves and paddy fields , soaking in the essence of rural Kerala.
  • Experience a homestay to get a taste of authentic Kerala hospitality and cuisine.

Kollam Beach

When seeking to visit Places in Kollam Kerala , Kollam Beach stands out as one of the top attractions. Known for its picturesque beauty, this serene beach offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here, visitors can :

  • Savor breathtaking sunsets
  • Engage in water sports
  • Relax on the golden sands

This pristine beach is ideal for a stroll or unwinding with loved ones. Embedding memories with the calming sound of waves, Kollam Beach promises a rejuvenating experience amidst nature’s splendor.

Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary

When exploring Kollam, Kerala , a visit to Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is a must for nature enthusiasts. Located near the Shenduruny River , this sanctuary is home to diverse flora and fauna, offering a glimpse into the region’s biodiversity.

Covering an area of over 100 square kilometers , the sanctuary is a haven for wildlife lovers. Visitors can spot various species of birds , including hornbills and jungle fowl , making it a paradise for birdwatching. Also, the sanctuary is inhabited by wildlife such as elephants, sambar deer, and leopards , providing a unique opportunity for wildlife sightings.

Trekking through the lush greenery of the sanctuary is an enriching experience, allowing us to immerse ourselves in nature’s beauty. The majestic waterfalls within the sanctuary add to its charm, offering a serene backdrop for visitors to relax and unwind.

Exploring Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary not only provides a break from the hustle and bustle of city life but also allows us to connect with nature in its purest form. This hidden gem in Kollam, Kerala promises an unforgettable journey for those seeking tranquility amidst the natural wonders of Kerala.

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Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls

Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls, a mesmerizing natural wonder in Kollam, Kerala , is a must-visit attraction for those seeking serene beauty and tranquility amidst lush surroundings. Situated near the Aryankavu pass, this stunning waterfall is a sight to behold, especially during the monsoon when the water cascades down the rocky terrain in all its glory.

  • Height: 150 feet
  • Location: About 5 km from Thenmala
  • Accessibility: Requires a short trek through the forest

Visitors to the Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls can enjoy a rejuvenating dip in the cool waters, explore the surrounding greenery, and marvel at the picturesque views. The journey to the falls is an adventure in itself, with verdant landscapes and the sound of cascading water creating a truly enchanting ambiance.

Immersing ourselves in the natural splendor of Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls allows us to connect with the raw beauty of Kerala’s world, making it a memorable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Oachira Temple

Nestled in the heart of Kollam district, the Oachira Temple stands as a unique religious site that requires a special mention on your Kerala itinerary. Unlike conventional temples, Oachira doesn’t have a definite structure but is a sacred ground with no walls or roof, epitomizing simplicity and spirituality.

Why Visit Oachira Temple?

  • Historical Significance: Oachira Temple is significant due to its lack of conventional idol worship practices and focuses on the universal aspect of God.
  • Religious Practices: Experience the tranquil atmosphere and witness the traditional rituals and customs followed at this sacred site.
  • Cultural Insights: Immerse yourself in the local traditions and heritage of Kerala by exploring this one-of-a-kind temple.

Things to Do

  • Attend Rituals: Witness the daily rituals and offerings performed at the temple, providing a glimpse into the spiritual practices of the region.
  • Explore the Grounds: Take a stroll through the sprawling temple grounds, surrounded by serene ponds and lush greenery.
  • Shop for Souvenirs: Don’t miss the opportunity to browse through the vibrant market stalls near the temple, offering traditional handicrafts and local delicacies.

Uncover the spiritual charm and cultural richness of Kerala by including Oachira Temple in your list of must-visit places in the region.

Achankovil River

Nestled in the serene landscapes of Kollam, the Achankovil River is a gem awaiting exploration. Here, we reveal why this picturesque river is a must-visit spot on your Kerala itinerary.

  • Scenic Beauty : Journey along the banks of the Achankovil River and soak in the breathtaking views of lush greenery and tranquil waters.
  • Spiritual Significance : For those seeking spiritual solace, the Achankovil River holds religious significance, with devotees flocking to its sacred waters for rituals and prayers.
  • Boat Rides : Experience the tranquility of this river with a serene boat ride, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Kerala.
  • Local Culture : Interact with the local communities along the Achankovil River, gaining insights into their customs, traditions, and way of life.

Begin on a memorable journey and let the Achankovil River captivate you with its natural beauty and cultural richness.

Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi Kshethram

Nestled in Kottarakkara, this temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is a significant religious site in Kerala. Here’s what visits the Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi Kshethram a must-do:

  • Rich History : The temple boasts a history dating back centuries, steeped in tradition and mythology.
  • Spiritual Experience : Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere and participate in rituals for a spiritual journey.
  • Architectural Marvel : Admire the intricate architecture and craftsmanship that adorns the temple.
  • Cultural Insights : Gain insights into Kerala’s cultural practices and customs by witnessing rituals and offerings.
  • Local Festivals : Experience the vibrant energy of local festivals celebrated with great fervor.

Prepare to be captivated by the blend of spirituality and culture at the Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi Kshethram.

Infant Jesus Cathedral

When looking for must-visit places in Kollam Kerala , the Infant Jesus Cathedral stands out as a significant landmark. Located in Tangasseri, Kollam, this captivating structure is not just a religious site but also a heritage masterpiece. As tourists in Kerala , exploring the majestic architecture and serene ambiance of the Infant Jesus Cathedral offers a glimpse into the cultural and spiritual essence of the region.

At the Infant Jesus Cathedral, visitors can marvel at the intricate designs, towering spires, and serene surroundings that create a peaceful atmosphere. Whether you seek spiritual solace or appreciate architectural beauty, this cathedral caters to a range of interests. The Kerala Tourist Places guide is incomplete without a visit to this historical gem in Kollam.

Stepping inside the Infant Jesus Cathedral, tourists are embraced by a sense of tranquility and reverence. The interior features stunning stained glass windows, ornate altar pieces, and religious artifacts that showcase the rich heritage of the region. From the soothing hymns to the quiet moments of reflection, a visit to this cathedral offers a unique blend of spirituality and history.

Exploring the Infant Jesus Cathedral in Kollam is not just a sightseeing experience but a journey into the heart of Kerala’s cultural world. Witnessing the grandeur of this architectural marvel and feeling the spiritual aura that surrounds the cathedral is a memorable experience for tourists seeking to immerse themselves in the vibrant heritage of Kerala.

Thangasseri Beach

Thangasseri Beach, one of Kollam’s hidden gems, invites us to a tranquil coastal escape. Nestled along the Arabian Sea , this picturesque beach offers a serene ambiance, ideal for strolls and stunning sunset views. Here, we can immerse ourselves in the rhythmic sounds of the waves and feel the gentle sea breeze on our skin.

Exploring Thangasseri Beach allows us to appreciate Kerala’s natural beauty at its finest. With its soft golden sands and clear azure waters, it’s a perfect spot for relaxing under the sun or enjoying a leisurely picnic with loved ones. The historic Thangasseri Lighthouse adds to the charm of the surroundings, providing a unique backdrop for memorable photos.

Visitors can engage in various activities at Thangasseri Beach, from swimming and sunbathing to witnessing local fishermen at work. For a deeper cultural experience, we can stroll through the nearby Thangasseri Fort , a colonial-era remnant that echoes a bygone era.

Thangasseri Beach encapsulates the essence of Kerala’s coastal beauty, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking tranquility and natural splendor during their Kerala exploration.

Paravur Beach

When exploring the Best Places to Visit in Kollam , Paravur Beach stands out as a hidden treasure. Located near the scenic Paravur Lake, this tranquil beach offers a serene escape from the bustling city life.

  • Swimming in the clear waters is a popular activity here, perfect for those seeking a refreshing dip.
  • Sunbathing on the golden sands is a relaxing way to soak up the warm Kerala sun.
  • Exploring the nearby historic sights like the Dutch fort and churches adds a touch of culture to your beach day.

With its picturesque surroundings and peaceful ambiance, Paravur Beach is a Must Visit Place in Kollam Kerala for those craving a blend of natural beauty and historical charm.

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Azheekal Beach

Nestled in the charming town of Kollam, Azheekal Beach is a hidden gem that offers a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Known for its pristine shoreline and tranquil ambiance, this beach is a perfect destination for those seeking a serene escape.

  • Untouched by commercialization , Azheekal Beach boasts crystal clear waters and golden sands that are ideal for strolls or relaxing sunbathing sessions.
  • Visitors can indulge in swimming in the gentle waves or simply unwind while admiring the picturesque views of the Arabian Sea.
  • Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the diverse marine life that thrives in the waters of Azheekal Beach, making it a haven for snorkeling and diving activities.

With its unspoiled beauty and serene atmosphere, Azheekal Beach stands out as one of the must-visit places in Kollam Kerala for travelers looking to connect with nature and unwind by the sea. Whether you’re a beach lover, adventure seeker, or simply in search of tranquility, Azheekal Beach offers a delightful escape amidst the natural wonders of Kerala.

Paravur Lake

When exploring the best places to visit in Kollam , Paravur Lake should be on your list. It’s a serene and picturesque spot that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and tranquility. Located in the Kollam district, this vast expanse of water is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a perfect escape for nature lovers.

Must-visit places in Kollam Kerala often include Paravur Lake due to its peaceful atmosphere and stunning views. Visitors can engage in various activities here, such as boating, bird watching, and simply enjoying a stroll along the lakeshore. The gentle breeze and the sound of water create a calming environment, ideal for relaxation.

Kerala tourist places are known for their natural charm, and Paravur Lake is no exception. Whether you’re looking to connect with nature, capture some beautiful photographs, or simply unwind, this hidden gem has something for everyone. A visit to Paravur Lake promises a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Sasthamkotta Lake

Sasthamkotta Lake touted as Kerala’s largest freshwater lake , beckons nature enthusiasts with its serene ambiance and verdant surroundings. Nestled amidst lush landscapes, this idyllic destination offers a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Here, boating on the tranquil waters and feasting our eyes on the rich avian diversity are just a few of the activities to relish.

Key Highlights :

  • Largest freshwater lake in Kerala
  • Tranquil ambiance amidst lush landscapes
  • Ideal for boating and bird-watching

A visit to Sasthamkotta Lake is a must for those seeking serenity and rejuvenation in the lap of nature. Immerse ourselves in the beauty of this scenic marvel and experience the essence of tranquility that Kerala has to offer.

Rosemala is a hidden gem nestled in the lush greenery of Kerala. This off-the-beaten-path destination offers breathtaking views and a tranquil environment, making it a must-visit spot for nature lovers.

  • Surrounded by dense forests and mist-clad hills, Rosemala is a paradise for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.
  • The scenic beauty of this place is unparalleled, with picturesque landscapes at every turn.
  • Wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate the diverse flora and fauna that call Rosemala home.

Keep in mind that reaching Rosemala involves a scenic trek through the forest, adding to the adventure of the experience. Once at the top, the panoramic views are truly awe-inspiring .

Kulathupuzha

Nestled in the verdant landscapes of Kerala, Kulathupuzha offers a serene retreat for nature enthusiasts.

  • Surrounded by lush greenery, Kulathupuzha is renowned for its tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking natural beauty.
  • Home to the Kulathupuzha Sastha Temple , this sacred site attracts pilgrims and tourists alike seeking spiritual solace and cultural insights.
  • Adventure seekers can explore the Kulathupuzha Reserve Forest , known for its diverse flora and fauna, offering a unique wildlife experience.

Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Kulathupuzha and discover the harmony between nature and spirituality in this hidden gem of Kerala.

Jatayu’s Earth Centre

Jatayu’s Earth Centre is a must-visit destination in Kollam , standing as the world’s largest bird sculpture. Perched on top of a hill, this iconic monument offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The center provides a perfect blend of art, culture, adventure, and mythology, making it a unique experience for visitors.

Here’s what you can expect at Jatayu’s Earth Centre:

  • Adventure Activities : Experience thrilling adventures like rock climbing, rappelling, and zip-lining amidst the picturesque natural surroundings.
  • Cultural Immersion : Jump into Kerala’s rich culture through traditional art forms, workshops, and performances held at the center.
  • Mythological Significance : Discover the legend of Jatayu from the epic Ramayana, adding a touch of mythology to your visit.
  • Scenic Beauty : Enjoy a serene ambiance surrounded by lush greenery and stunning views that make for perfect photo opportunities.
  • Nature Trails : Explore the hiking trails around the center, offering a chance to witness the beauty of Kerala’s diverse flora and fauna.
  • Sustainability Initiatives : Learn about the center’s eco-friendly practices, promoting conservation and responsible tourism.

Jatayu’s Earth Centre is a true gem that combines adventure, culture, and nature, offering a memorable experience for travelers exploring the best of Kerala.

Asramam Adventure Park

Nestled in Kollam, Asramam Adventure Park is a must-visit destination for those exploring Kollam Tourist Places . Here, we enjoy a perfect blend of nature, fun, and tranquility.

Activities :

  • Engage in exciting activities like boating and kids’ train rides .
  • Explore the lush greenery while cycling around the park.
  • Take a leisurely walk amidst beautiful gardens .

Highlights :

  • Admire the serene beauty of the Ashtamudi Lake .
  • Relax at the Japanese Park featuring ornamental plants.

Facilities :

  • Enjoy a picnic with family and friends in the designated picnic spots .
  • Relish local delicacies at the food court within the park.

Timings : Open from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM Entry Fee : Approximately Rs 100

Immerse ourselves in the tranquility and vibrancy of Asramam Adventure Park for a truly memorable experience in Kerala.

Rameshwara Temple

Nestled in the heart of Kollam, the Rameshwara Temple stands as a significant religious site that encapsulates centuries of history and devotion. With its stunning architecture and tranquil atmosphere, this temple offers visitors a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Kerala.

  • Architecture : The temple’s intricate carvings and majestic structure showcase the skilled craftsmanship of ancient artisans, leaving us in awe of the architectural wonders of the past.
  • Spiritual Experience : Stepping into the temple premises envelops us in a sense of peace and spirituality, making it a perfect place for introspection and spiritual connection.
  • Cultural Significance : As we explore the temple grounds, we immerse ourselves in the traditions and customs that have been preserved for generations, giving us a deeper understanding of Kerala’s cultural world.
  • Rituals and Festivals : Witnessing the vibrant rituals and lively festivals celebrated at the Rameshwara Temple allows us to participate in the local traditions and experience the true essence of Kerala.
  • Historical Legacy : Uncovering the historical legacy of the temple through its inscriptions and artifacts transports us back in time, unraveling the stories of the past that have shaped the temple’s identity.
  • Serenity and Serendipity : Whether it’s seeking solace in the temple’s peaceful ambiance or stumbling upon hidden gems within its walls, the Rameshwara Temple offers us moments of serenity and serendipity.

Jump into the captivating aura of the Rameshwara Temple and discover a blend of spirituality, history, and culture that adds a touch of magic to your visit to Kollam, Kerala.

Thenmala Deer Park

Thenmala Deer Park in Kollam, Kerala, offers a serene retreat amidst nature, perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Here, we can admire the graceful deer as they roam freely in their natural habitat.

  • Location : Situated in the verdant Western Ghats , it provides a picturesque setting for a leisurely day out.
  • Activities : Enjoy a peaceful stroll, capture memorable photographs , and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings.
  • Wildlife : Encounter various species of deer, such as sambars and spotted deer , in their unhurried and unconfined state.

Venturing into Thenmala Deer Park promises a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle, allowing us to connect with nature and witness the beauty of these majestic creatures in their natural environment.

Karunagappally

When exploring Kollam , a visit to Karunagappally is a must for a diverse and enriching experience. This town in Kerala offers a blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty, making it an ideal spot for Kerala tourists.

Karunagappally boasts of pristine beaches like Alappuzha Beach that are perfect for leisurely strolls and watching breathtaking sunsets. For history enthusiasts, the Krishnapuram Palace is a must-visit, featuring stunning architecture and a glimpse into Kerala’s royal past.

Nature lovers can revel in the tranquility of Ashtamudi Lake , known for its scenic backwater cruises offering a peaceful retreat amidst lush greenery. The enchanting Oachira Temple is another highlight, known for its unique rituals and architecture that attract visitors seeking spiritual experiences.

In Karunagappally, one can savor authentic Kerala cuisine at local eateries and explore bustling markets for souvenirs and traditional artifacts. The town’s warm hospitality and rich cultural world ensure a memorable experience for every traveler.

Thirumullavaram Beach

When exploring the best places to visit in Kollam , Thirumullavaram Beach stands out as a pristine gem offering tranquility and natural beauty. Located in Kollam, Kerala, this beach is a must-visit destination for those seeking a peaceful escape.

At Thirumullavaram Beach, visitors can unwind and relax on the soft sands while gazing at the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. The beach is an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll or a serene picnic with loved ones . The gentle waves and scenic views make it a perfect setting to rejuvenate the mind and body .

For those looking for adventure , Thirumullavaram Beach offers opportunities for water sports such as swimming and beach volleyball. Visitors can also indulge in delicious seafood delicacies from nearby eateries, further enhancing their beach experience.

Whether it’s watching the sunset over the horizon or simply basking in the beauty of nature, Thirumullavaram Beach provides a memorable experience for all who visit. Explore this hidden gem and immerse yourself in the tranquility and charm of this picturesque seaside destination.

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Kappil Beach

Nestled in Kollam, Kerala, Kappil Beach is a hidden gem waiting to be explored by travelers seeking tranquility and natural beauty. Here, we can unwind amidst serene surroundings and bask in the breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea.

At Kappil Beach, we can stroll along the golden sands, feel the gentle sea breeze, and immerse ourselves in the peaceful ambiance of the coastline. The picturesque backwaters add to the charm of the place, offering a unique blend of sea and freshwater landscapes.

For nature enthusiasts, Kappil Beach presents an ideal spot to witness mesmerizing sunsets that paint the sky in a myriad of colors. We can capture these moments while creating everlasting memories of our visit to this coastal paradise.

Visitors can also indulge in activities like swimming, beach picnics, and simply unwinding under the shade of swaying palm trees. The blend of tranquility and natural splendor makes Kappil Beach a must-visit destination for those exploring the best places to visit in Kollam .

Thenmala Dam

Located in the beautiful town of Thenmala, the Thenmala Dam is a significant tourist attraction in Kollam, Kerala .

  • Built over the Kallada River, this architectural marvel serves not only as a water source but also as a fantastic recreational spot .
  • Visitors can indulge in thrilling activities such as boating in the tranquil waters, surrounded by lush greenery.
  • Nature enthusiasts can explore the breathtaking surroundings and spot diverse wildlife in the adjacent Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • The scenic beauty of the dam area, with dense forests and mountain views , offers a peaceful retreat for those seeking serenity .

Let’s now move on to our next exciting spot in the captivating region of Kollam, Kerala.

Palaruvi Waterfalls

When you think of Must Visit Places in Kollam, Palaruvi Waterfalls is a natural gem that should be on the top of your list. Located in Kollam district, these falls cascade from a height of 300 feet, creating a mesmerizing sight for visitors. The name “Palaruvi” translates to “stream of milk,” and the milky white waters indeed justify this name.

Surrounded by lush greenery, the area around the falls offers a serene atmosphere, perfect for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. As one of the Best Places to Visit in Kerala, Palaruvi Waterfalls is not just about sightseeing; it also provides opportunities for trekking and picnicking, making it a versatile destination for all types of travelers.

The cascade of water forming a pool at the base invites visitors to take a refreshing dip and enjoy the cool waters. During the monsoon season, the falls are at their majestic best, roaring with fervor and creating a spectacular display of nature’s power.

Paravur, a picturesque coastal town in Kollam, Kerala, offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Here’s what makes Paravur one of the best places to visit in Kollam :

  • Paravur Lake : Explore the serene Paravur Lake, surrounded by lush greenery, offering boat rides and a tranquil ambiance.
  • Temples : Immerse yourself in the rich cultural experience by visiting ancient temples like Kottankulangara Devi Temple and Chitaraal Devi Temple.
  • Beaches : Relax on pristine beaches like Pozhikkara Beach and Alumkadavu Beach, enjoying the golden sands and tranquil waters.
  • Backwaters : Experience the serene backwaters of Paravur, dotted with coconut palms and offering a peaceful retreat.

Paravur is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered, offering a unique blend of nature, culture, and tranquility for travelers seeking an authentic Kerala experience.

Janardhana Swamy Temple – Varkala

Janardhana Swamy Temple in Varkala is a cultural gem that attracts visitors with its historic significance and architectural beauty. This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is perched atop a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea, offering breathtaking views.

  • Cultural Experience : Immerse ourselves in the spiritual ambiance while exploring the intricate sculptures and carvings that adorn the temple premises.
  • Spiritual Significance : Witness rituals and ceremonies that showcase the rich religious traditions of Kerala.
  • Scenic Beauty : Enjoy panoramic views of the coastline and feel a sense of tranquility during nature.

Clock Tower

When exploring Kollam, Kerala , a visit to the Clock Tower should be on your list of best places to visit in Kollam . The iconic Clock Tower stands tall in the heart of the city, offering a glimpse into its historical significance and architectural charm.

Here, we can witness the blend of traditional design and modern functionality, making it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The Clock Tower serves as a focal point for various events and gatherings, adding vibrancy to the city’s atmosphere.

As we marvel at the intricate details of the structure, we can also immerse ourselves in the bustling surroundings of Kollam . The Clock Tower is not only a symbol of the city’s past but also a beacon of its present cultural scene.

Don’t miss the opportunity to capture stunning photographs of this landmark during our Kerala Tour . We promise it will be a memorable addition to our travel itinerary.

Rameshwaram Temple

Located in Kollam, Kerala, the Rameshwaram Temple is a significant religious site known for its architectural beauty and spiritual aura. Here, devotees can experience moments of tranquility and religious significance amidst the serene surroundings. Built in the traditional South Indian architectural style, the temple’s intricate carvings and vibrant colors provide a visual feast for visitors.

  • Architecture: Traditional South Indian design with detailed carvings.
  • Spiritual Significance: A place for devotees to find peace and seek blessings.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience the rich religious heritage of Kerala.
  • Photo Opportunities: Capture the beauty of the temple’s architecture.

When visiting Kerala, exploring the Rameshwaram Temple offers a glimpse into the spiritual essence of the region, making it a must-visit spot for those seeking cultural enrichment and historical insights during their Kerala tour.

Sastha Temple – Sasthamkotta

Moving on to another best places to visit in Kollam, we mustn’t miss the Sastha Temple in Sasthamkotta. This revered site is a must-visit for those seeking spiritual solace amidst nature’s beauty.

  • Location: Situated in Sasthamkotta, this temple is surrounded by lush greenery and serene landscapes, creating a serene ambiance for devotees.
  • Significance: Dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, the temple holds a special place in the hearts of pilgrims and visitors alike.
  • Architecture: The Sastha Temple boasts a blend of traditional Kerala style with intricate designs, making it a visual treat for architecture enthusiasts.
  • Activities: While here, immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere, offer prayers, and take a peaceful stroll around the temple premises.

Exploring the Sastha Temple gives a glimpse into Kerala’s rich cultural world, making it a worthwhile addition to your list of Best Places to Visit in Kerala .

Best Time to Visit Kollam Kerala

When planning your visit to Kollam Kerala, it’s essential to consider the best time to fully enjoy all that this vibrant destination has to offer. Here are some key insights to help you make the most of your trip:

  • Peak Season : The best time to visit Kollam Kerala is during the winter months from November to February . The weather is pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C , making it ideal for exploring the outdoor attractions.
  • Monsoon Magic : If you enjoy the lush greenery and a bit of rain, consider visiting Kollam from June to September during the monsoon season . You’ll witness the beauty of Kerala in its full glory, but be prepared for occasional heavy rainfall.
  • Avoiding Crowds : To escape the tourist crowds and enjoy a more serene experience, you may opt to visit Kollam during the off-peak season from March to May . While the temperatures can soar during these months, you’ll have the advantage of fewer tourists and more tranquil surroundings.
  • Festival Delights : Consider planning your visit during festivals such as Onam or Makaravilakku at the Sastha Temple for a unique cultural experience. These festivals offer a glimpse into Kerala’s rich traditions and vibrant celebrations.

Understanding the best time to visit Kollam Kerala ensures that you can tailor your itinerary to make the most of your trip, whether you prefer lively festivals or peaceful retreats amidst nature.

Festivals Celebrated in Kollam Kerala

Kollam, Kerala, hosts vibrant festivals throughout the year, offering a unique insight into the rich cultural world of the region.

Here are some of the prominent festivals celebrated in Kollam Kerala:

  • Onam : One of the most significant festivals in Kerala, Onam is a ten-day harvest festival celebrated with grandeur and enthusiasm. Witness colorful processions, traditional music, and energetic dance performances during this time.
  • Makaravilakku at the Sastha Temple : Held at the famed Sastha Temple in Sabarimala, this festival is a blend of spirituality and festivity. Join the celebrations to experience rituals, cultural programs, and the lighting of the auspicious Makaravilakku lamp.
  • Attukal Pongala : An exclusive festival dedicated to Goddess Attukalamma, it holds the Guinness World Record for the largest congregation of women. Witness the mesmerizing sight of millions of women coming together to offer Pongala (a sweet rice delicacy) as a form of devotion.
  • Neerattu : Celebrated at the Kodimoottil Bhagavathy Temple, Neerattu is a unique ritual where devotees shower the deity with milk. Experience this profound ceremony that highlights cultural beliefs and traditions.
  • Thrikarthika : This festival, also known as Karthigai Deepam, is celebrated at temples with the lighting of countless oil lamps. Immerse yourself in the ethereal glow and spiritual fervor during this auspicious occasion.

Final Thoughts on Best Places to Visit in Kollam Kerala

Exploring Kollam, Kerala, offers a captivating journey through vibrant festivals that showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage. From the colorful processions of Onam to the spiritual rituals of Makaravilakku at the Sastha Temple, each festival provides a unique experience for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in Kerala’s traditions.

Whether witnessing Guinness World Record-holding congregations or participating in the Attukal Pongala, Neerattu, and Thrikarthika celebrations, visitors can truly feel the pulse of Kerala’s cultural diversity.

These festivals not only offer a glimpse into the spiritual fervor of the region but also create lasting memories of festive joy and community spirit. Kollam, Kerala, beckons travelers to explore its cultural world and partake in the vibrant festivities that define this enchanting destination.

FAQs on Best Places to Visit in Kollam Kerala

What is the famous of kollam.

Kollam, a gem in Kerala, is famous for its Ashtamudi Backwaters, offering serene houseboat cruises. The Thenmala Ecotourism spot is another highlight, showcasing India’s first planned ecotourism destination. Visitors also cherish the spiritual aura of the Ariankavu shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, situated along the scenic Kollam-Shenkottai road.

How can I spend time in Kollam?

Spend time in Kollam by exploring its serene backwaters with houseboat tours, visiting the historic Ananda Valleeswaram Temple, and unwinding at Palaruvi Waterfalls. Enjoy the scenic Thirumullavaram Beach, witness the architectural splendor of Thangassery Lighthouse, and indulge in fresh seafood delicacies at local markets.

What is the special of Kollam?

Kollam’s specialty lies in its thriving cashew industry, with a rich heritage dating back to the Portuguese era in the 16th century. As the hub of cashew processing, Kollam boasts hundreds of active factories and holds the title of India’s top exporter of processed cashews, a testament to its significant role in the trade.

Is it worth visiting Kollam?

Visiting Kollam is highly worthwhile for its picturesque backwaters, rich trade history, and stunning beaches along the Malabar Coast. As an ancient spice trade hub, the city offers historical depth, reinforced by references from explorers like Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta, adding cultural significance to your visit.

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13 Feb 2023

And we are back to Kerala, yet again! You might be wondering what about this destination is so fascinating that it keeps us coming back. Well, it’s the natural beauty, the amazing places and of course the exciting activities. Kerala is home to Kollam but today we talk about all the places to visit near Kollam .

Kollam is a place mainly known for its backwaters, tropical crops, lush greenery, and serene rivers and lakes. The many beautiful places around Kollam will tell you what Kerala really is like. If you are planning for a short trip then you must check these places out. 

19 Amazing Places To Visit Near Kollam

It is an inevitable fact to say that Kollam is one of the best tourist places in Kerala. From beaches to hills, villages to cities, there are a lot of places to explore near Kollam. You can explore them and through this mini-guide see which is best for your next vacation itinerary. In case, you are visiting for the first time, you may not have enough ideas about the places. Let us help you out with that!

  • Kochi – A Hot Tourist Spot
  • Ponmudi – Which Steals Your Mind
  • Kodaikanal – Holds Picturesque Beauty
  • Alleppey – Backwaters All Around
  • Madurai – Explore The Culture
  • Thiruvananthapuram – A Bustling City
  • Malayattoor – Has Mesmerizing Beauty
  • Thenmala – An Eco-Tourist Site
  • Athirapally – Discover The Green Cover
  • Kottayam – The Letter Capital
  • Vagamon – With Mesmerizing Beauty
  • Kovalam – Has A Beautiful Beach Culture
  • Poovar – A Village Life Awaits
  • Varkala – Hills To The Sea
  • Kumarakom – Admire Natural Beauty
  • Kanyakumari – A Unique Destination
  • Pathanamthitta – For Art And Folklore
  • Idukki – A Heaven On Earth
  • Thrissur – Wraps Multiple Interest Points

1. Kochi – A Hot Tourist Spot

kochi lake view

Image Source One of the hottest tourist spots, Kochi is worth it all. It is also one of the famous places to visit near Kollam. This is the place where the ancient meets the modern. Visitors in Kochi never get disappointed. That’s because Kochi has a lot of things in store for its visitors. Starting from historical places to shopping malls to the children’s parks, you will find everything here. You will also find many sanctuaries and national parks in the area. Kochi is the perfect place to visit if you are travelling with your family.

Places to Stay: 

  • Taj Malabar Resort And Spa
  • Kochi Marriott Hotel
  • Crown Plaza Hotel
  • Le Meridien Hotel
  • Trident Hotel

Things To Do: 

  • Mattancherry Palace – History Walk
  • lephant Training Centre – Play With Elephants
  • Kathakali Center – Watch Kathakali
  • Kashi Art Café – Relax And Dine

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Distance from Kollam: 139 km How to reach: Kochi has its own International airport, Cochin Airport. You can even board a train that will take you directly to Kochi railway station. Many buses run from the nearby cities as well. Best time to visit: January and April, October and December Major attractions: Marine Drive, Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattancherry Palace, Vembanad Lake, and Athirapally Falls.

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2. Ponmudi – Which Steals Your Mind

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Image Source When it comes to visiting good places to visit near Kollam, Ponmudi is one name that will always be there. Ponmudi, the name translates as the Golden Peak is quite popular among the tourists. This hill station has a lot of places to explore and things to do. The lush green view of the hills is the first thing that will steal your mind. If you are a nature lover then you are surely going to love this place. Since this is a hilly place, you can involve yourself in hiking and trekking as well. There is plenty of things to try here to make your visit a memorable one.

  • Darpana Homestay
  • Gowry Art Residency
  • Hotel View Stay Inn Ponumudi
  • Hotel Rohini International
  • Amritham Holidays

Ideal Duration: 1 Day

Distance from Kollam: 99.8 km How to reach: Ponmudi is located close to Thiruvananthapuram Therefore, you can board a bus from there to reach your destination. Trivandrum Railway station is the nearest railway station and Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport. Best time to visit: Winter months Major attractions: Golden valley, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and Mini Zoo.

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3. Kodaikanal – Holds Picturesque Beauty

Pillar Rocks of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

Image Source Kodaikanal is mainly known for its picturesque beauty and charm. There’s not a single thing about Kodaikanal that you will dislike. Every year thousands of tourists flock the place to witness the true beauty of nature. From hilltops to forests, you can enjoy it all in Kodaikanal. No wonder, it is considered to be one of the best places to visit near Kollam. With so many tourists sites to visit, you will not get bored here.

  • Sterling Kodai Valley
  • Sterling Kodai Lake
  • JC Residency
  • Hotel Grand Palace
  • The Fern Creek
  • Kodaikanal Lake: Take A Misty Boat Ride
  • Dolphin’s Nose: Gaze At Stunning Panoramas
  • Bryant Park: Have A Fun Picnic
  • Berijam Lake: Go Birdwatching

Distance from Kollam: 324 km How to reach: The best way to reach Kodaikanal is by availing bus service. However, you can reach Madurai International Airport which is the nearest one. Best time to visit: April to June and September to October Major attractions: Kodai Lake, Pillar Rocks, Berijam Lake and Green Valley View

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4. Alleppey – Backwaters All Around

Alleooey lake view

Image Source Alleppey is called the Venice of the East. This is the land of backwaters and lush green scenery. There are so many reasons to like this place and these are just two of the reasons. This planned city in Kerala is extremely well-organized. If you are ready to appreciate the backwaters and the greenery surrounding it then you must visit Alleppey once. Apart from that, you can also enjoy lakes, beaches, and houseboat rides. The city also houses numerous temples which are quite popular among tourists. In short, Alleppey has something in store for all its visitors.

  • Ramada By Wyndham Alleppey
  • Tharavadu Heritage
  • Bamboo Lagoon
  • Treebo Tryst Palmyra Grand Suite
  • Raheem Residency
  • Beaches: Watch The Sun Go Down
  • Temples: Indulge In Spiritualism
  • Backwaters: Go On A Date With Your Loved One

Distance from Kollam: 85.7 km How to reach: You have three options. You can take the flight, train or bus to reach the place. The city has its own airport and is also connected with National Highway 47. The city has its own railway station. Best time to visit: November and February Major attractions: Pathiramanal, Mullakal Rajeshwari temple, and Vembanad Lake.

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5. Madurai – Explore The Culture

Madurai temple

Image Source Madurai happens to be the second-largest city in the South Indian state and also one of the most famous tourist places near Kollam. With all the places to visit, Madurai is one of the favorites for many travelers. The temple city is mainly known for its deep-rooted cultures and religion. You will find numerous temples in the city. Your visit Madurai remains incomplete without shopping for khadi cotton, wood carvings, and silk saris.

Many of you may not know this but Madurai operates almost throughout the night. Its many restaurants that remain open for the whole night. Even the transport system stays active in the night. This makes things easier for travellers.

  • Royal Regency
  • Mani’s Residency
  • Hotel Sree Devi Madurai
  • Moskva Hotel
  • JC Residency Madurai
  • Meenakshi Temple: Seek Blessings
  • Gandhi Memorial Museum: Gain More Knowledge
  • South Indian Food: Treat Your Taste Buds

Distance from Kollam: 258.3 km How to reach: The city of Madurai is very well linked to the rest of the country. The city has its own airport and railway station. Best time to visit: October and March Major Attractions: Alagar Kovil, Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam and Goripalayam Dargah.

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6. Thiruvananthapuram – A Bustling City

View of city

Image Source Being the capital city of Kerala, this is own of the most visited places by the tourists. If you are looking for places to visit around Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram could be one of your choices. This bustling city has a lot of history to explore. Here you will find temples and old architecture to see. The beautiful mansions and their traditional style are worth a watch. Akkulam Lake is one of the natural attractions. From wildlife to pilgrim, you will find all the options in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Hotel Samudra KTDC
  • Hotel Bonanza
  • Hotel Lakshmi

Distance from Kollam: 66 km How to reach: The place is connected by air, rail, and road. It has its own airport and railway station. Best time to visit: September to February Major Attractions: Zoological Park, Akkulam River, Chalai Bazaars and Parai Kovil.

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7. Malayattoor – Has Mesmerizing Beauty

Malayattoor forest

Image Source Located in the Ernakulam district, this is one of the most beautiful places to visit near Kollam. This is the place where mountains meet rivers. The town is small but its beauty is mesmerizing. After witnessing such beauty you won’t feel like coming back. The place is popular for its ancient Catholic church which is the main attraction of the town.

Tourists keep flocking the place throughout the year. However, you are advised to avoid the rainy season as it may ruin your experience. If you visit Malayattoor, then you must try the special dishes available there. You can enjoy the fine flavors of Kerala at this place. Other than that the town is filled with activities.

Distance from Kollam: 175.4 km How to reach: Malayattoor is located close to Kochi. The nearest railway station is Kollam. You can avail bus services from there to reach Malayttoor. Best time to visit: All round the year except for the rainy season Major attractions: Malayattoor Church, Mahogany and Moolamkuzhy

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8. Thenmala – An Eco-Tourist Site

Thenmala view

Image Source One of the most attractive tourist places near Kollam is Thenmala which is an Eco-tourism place. Thenmala is famous for its delicious honey which is believed to have special medicinal properties. The place is located 70 km away from the capital of Kerala. The fact that this is the first Eco-tourism project has a lot of importance.

As per the Eco-tourism project, it is divided into 5 zones. These are the cultural zone, adventure zone, leisure zone, deer rehabilitation, and boating zone. If you want to witness something new then you consider visiting Thenmala. The good thing about the place is that it enjoys a pleasant and temperate temperature during all seasons. This is a big reason why people are drawn to this place.

Distance from Kollam: 62.4 km How to reach: You can reach this place from both Punalur and Thiruvananthapuram by road. They are very well connected and therefore, you can get their service easily. Best time to visit: December to February Major Attractions: Palaruvi waterfalls, Kulathupuzha and Ayankavu

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9. Athirapally – Discover The Green Cover

view of athirapally

Image Source Located 60 km away from Thrissur, this is an important place in the South. People visit the place to witness the majestic waterfalls and beautiful rain forests. The beauty of the place is surely going to leave you awestruck. There is more than one waterfall here. Even the ecosystem of the place is unique as it flourishes with a vast range of fauna. The area near the Western Ghats is known for its dense green cover and wildlife.

If you ever visit Athirapally, you have to visit the forest area. Without exploring these places, your trip is incomplete. Every year visitors flock the place to witness the wide range of flora and fauna that the place has to offer. This place is perfect for all nature lovers out there.

  • Hotel Dhanyasree
  • Camelot Hotel
  • Citrus Hotel
  • Old harbor Hotel
  • The Panoramic Getaway

Distance from Kollam: 196.9 km How to reach: Chalakudy is the nearest railway station located to Athirapally and Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport. You can reach any of the nearest cities and avail the bus service. Best time to visit: This place is mostly visited during the winter months and rainy season. Major attractions: Vazhachal, Charpa Falls and the Western Ghats

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10. Kottayam – The Letter Capital

Romantic Spree

Also popular as the “Letter Capital of Kerala,” due to 100% literacy, Kottayam is one of the top tourist places near Kollam located in the south-western part of Kerala. Kottayam is bestowed with immense natural beauty with a lot of vegetation and hills. Trekking is one of the best things to do in Kottayam . Apart from adventure, you can indulge in shopping, tasting delicious Kerala cuisine and exploring the art and culture. 

  • Day Springs
  • Hotel Caesar Palace
  • The Windsor Castle
  • Nellimoottil Guest House
  • Vaikom: Enjoy The Secluded Beauty
  • Nadukani: The Perfect Picnic Spot
  • Island of Pathiramanal: For A Tropical Vibe
  • Kottathavalam: To Visit A Hill Station

Distance from Kollam: 94 km How to reach: The best way to reach Kottayam is via trains, as the railhead is connected from major parts of the country. However, if you want to opt for airways, then the nearest airport is in Kochi, 80 km away. In fact, Kottayam has a bus station which is well-connected to nearby destinations. Best time to visit: All year round Major Attractions: Illikkal Kallu, Aruvikuzhy Waterfalls, Kurisumala Ashram, Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Suggested Read: Top 10 Places For Shopping In Kollam For A One Of Its Kind Trip

11. Vagamon – With Mesmerizing Beauty

Hills

Why not consider Vagamon as one of the best tourist places near Kollam! The breathtaking beauty of the mesmerizing world of Vagamon is meant to impress you. Feel the fresh air of one of the most serene places in Kerala as it still remains untouched by commercialization and rightly so. For the tourist in you, the pine forests, tea estates, green meadows and waterfalls will make sure you have an amazing trip. For an enthralling stay, you can stay opt for the dreamy cottages in Vagamon for a sweet stay!

  • Honeycomb By Astral Inn
  • Falcon Crest
  • Holiday Vagamon
  • Winter Vale Green Stay
  • Murugan Mala- Trekking
  • Off Roading
  • Vagamon Lake- Boat Ride
  • Waterfall Camping & Trekking

Distance from Kollam: 140 km How to reach: There is no connectivity – either rail, bus or flight directly to Vagamon. The nearest airport is in Kochi, 150 km away, the nearest railhead is in Kottayam, 44 km away and Erattupetta is the closest town, 25 km away from where you can board a bus. Best time to visit: December to February Major Attractions: Murugan Hill, Vagamon Kurisumala Church, Vagamon Lake, Thangalpara, Pine Forests

Suggested Read: 14 Exotic Kollam Hotels Where One Can Enjoy A Comfortable Stay Away From Home!

12. Kovalam – Has A Beautiful Beach Culture

Kovalam

One of the best tourist places around Kollam which you can look forward to is Kovalam, situated very close to the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. With 3 crescent beaches adjacent to each other, Kovalam has a beautiful beach culture. Water sports, sea bathing, sunbathing and more such activities could be done at the beaches. Do get indulged in catamaran cruising, one of the unique things to do in Kovalam. For stay options, a great option for you would be to stay at the beach resorts in Kovalam .

  • Hotel Jasmine Palace Kovalam
  • Jumayira Residency
  • Kovalam Beach Hotel
  • Unwind Hotels And Resorts
  • Spend a night in the houseboat
  • Give adventure sports a shot
  • Go for a serene catamaran ride
  • Enjoy Ayurvedic massages

Distance from Kollam: 77 km How to reach: The best way to reach Kovalam is through Trivandrum, located onl5 15 km away. Be it buses, taxis or cabs, hire anything according to your convenience. And Trivandrum has an airport and railway station, so, the ultimate choice is yours to make. Best time to visit: September to February Major Attractions: Samudra Beach Park, Kovalam Beach, Vizhinjam Lighthouse, Vellayani Lake, Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium

Suggested Read: 13 Spectacular Hill Stations Near Kollam That You Cannot Miss Out

13. Poovar – A Village Life Awaits

Wonderful Place

For a quiet, peaceful and a traditional time, Poovar is your answer! A small village in the Thiruvananthapuram district, Poovar is bound by an estuary and Neyyar river, joining the sea. One of the sightseeing marvels of Poovar is the beach and the houseboats. One amazing thing about Poovar is that it is remote, with very little crowd. Won’t this be one of the best tourist places around Kollam for a secluded, private and personal time at this delightful village.

  • Over The Hill
  • Kayaloram Resort
  • Joys Resort Poovar
  • Phoenix Island Resort Poovar
  • Estuary Sarovar Portico

Distance from Kollam: 94 km How to reach: Poovar is very close to the capital Trivandrum, just 30 km away. Buses and taxis ply on a regular basis to Poovar. Trivandrum has very good connectivity to the rest of India with an airport, railway  station and bus terminals. Best time to visit: October to February Major Attractions: Golden Sand Beach, Neyyar, Arjuna Backwaters, Aazhimala Siva Temple

Suggested Read: 6 Amazing Homestays In Kollam For A Heavenly Stay

14. Varkala – Hills To The Sea

beach

As a coastal town in Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala is the only place where the hills come close to sea. Surrounded by lots of greenery and valleys, Varkala is an ideal vacation spot and tops the list of best places to see near Kollam. With beautiful meadows, enchanting hill stations and tea gardens, Varkala is set to be an Eco-tourism hotspot. On top of that, you have a range of options to stay including hotels, hostels, villas, resorts and cottages in Varkala . For the brilliant time you spend, you might want to come back again, rejuvenate and cherish your memories.

  • Zostel Varkala
  • Quality Inn
  • Varkala Cliff Villa
  • The Lost Hostel, Varkala
  • Short Giraffe Hostels
  • Water Sports: Be Thrilled
  • Varkala Culture Center: For An Enriching Experience
  • Kappil Beach: Relish The Views
  • Yoga: Rejuvenate Yourself

Distance from Kollam: 35 km How to reach: Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest major city, 45 km away. It has an airport, railway station and bus terminals. Varkala has a railway station but most trains don’t stop there, so Thiruvananthapuram is your best option to visit Varkala. Best time to visit: October to March  Major Attractions: Varkala Cliff, Varkala Beach, Janardanaswamy Temple, Sivagiri, Anchuthengu Fort 

Suggested Read: 8 Electrifying Things To Do In Kollam For An Adventure-Filled Excursion!

15. Kumarakom – Admire Natural Beauty

Kumarakom Beach

Why Kumarakom makes the cut for the best places to see near Kollam is because of its specialty to serve as an attractive honeymoon destination. Immerse yourself in the backwaters and admire the natural charm and beauty of Kumarakom. What else is there are lush forests, coconut trees, paddy fields and pleasant winds that brush your face. Take your loved one on a houseboat and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Isn’t a Kumarakom honeymoon running in the back of your minds? Well, it only gets better when you visit this humble destination.

  • Hotel Green Fields
  • Hotel The Club
  • Royal Riviera Hotel And Resort
  • Lakshmi Hotel And Resort
  • Hotel Hashe’s
  • Houseboat Ride
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Watch The Birds
  • Kathakali Performance
  • Lakeside Strolls

Distance from Kollam: 106 km How to reach: The nearest airport is in Kochi, 45 km away. Regular buses and cabs ply to Kumarakom. For rail travel, your best option is to de-board at Kottayam and take a bus or taxi  from there. Best time to visit: All year round Major Attractions: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramanal Island, Mango Meadows Agricultural Theme Park, Chavara Bhavan, Mozart Art Gallery, Fish World Aqua Tourism

Suggested Read: 9 Unique Resorts In Kollam That Will Make Your Stay A Beautiful Experience

16. Kanyakumari – A Unique Destination

sunrise in Kanyakumari

You know, the more you read about Kanyakumari, the less it is! The southernmost point of mainland India, Kanyakumari finds mention in the top places near Kollam because of a few unique characteristics. The meeting point of the three oceans, a Hindu pilgrimage center, and a beautiful sunrise and sunset are some of the many features of Kanyakumari. Another feature about Kanyakumari are the multicolored sands of the beaches. Haven’t you read enough? Well, the more you read, the less it is!

  • The Gopinivas Grand
  • The Seashore Hotel
  • Hotel Sea View
  • Anantya Resorts and Hotels
  • Hotel Temple Citi
  • Visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Bathe At Triveni Sangam
  • Watch the Sunrise And Sunset
  • See Where Gandhi’s Ashes Were Kept

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Day

Distance from Kollam: 153 km How to reach: Well, being a prominent destination, Kanyakumari has a good connectivity with options to travel via railroad and buses. However, the nearest airport is in Thiruvananthapuram, 67 km away.  Best time to visit: October to February Major Attractions: Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam, Vattakottai Fort, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Mathur Aqueduct

Suggested Read: 40 Interesting Places To Visit In Kollam On Your Trip To South India!

17. Pathanamthitta – For Art And Folklore

pilgrim capital of Kerala

Here is a list about the best places near Kollam and not mentioning Pathanamthitta is a huge miss. Considered as the headquarters of pilgrimage tourism, Pathanamthitta is located close to the Western Ghats and bordered by hills. The district is a treat to the eyes with its vast unending range of landscapes including forests and rivers. You can also anticipate learning about the rich tradition of art and culture which includes the famous folk called Padayani.

  • Raj Royal Residency
  • Shanthi Tourist Home
  • Tharamgam Residency
  • Hotel Hills Park

Distance from Kollam: 57 km How to reach: The best way to reach is by taking a flight to Trivandrum International Airport and hiring a taxi, cab or riding on a bus to Pathanamthitta. Best time to visit: November to March Major Attractions: Malayalapuzha Devi Temple, Chuttippara, St. Ignatius Monastery Manjinikkara, Kottappara Hills Top View Point, Pandalam Palace

Suggested Read: 26 Places To Visit In Kannur For A Refreshing Vacation In Kerala

18. Idukki – A Heaven On Earth

Idukki

God’s Own Country invites you to another heaven to one of the most beautiful places to visit near Kollam, Idukki. Clad between dense forests and mountains, the famous Anamudi peaks rest here. As a tourist, you can hike, visit the remnants of stone age civilization, offer prayers at temples, boat in the rivers, smell the aromatic tea gardens. With plenty of attractions all around, Idukki is always going to surprise you even if you have visited previously.

  • Green Berg Resort
  • Misty Mountain Plantation Resort
  • Palette Hill View Resort
  • Saj Vagamon Hideout
  • Winter Vale
  • Paragliding

Distance from Kollam: 189 km How to reach: The best way to reach Idukki is by travelling via bus or taxi. Idukki is approximately 100 km away from Kochi, which has a railway station as well as an airport. From there, you can easily book a cab or ride a bus to Idukki. Best time to visit: All year round Major Attractions: Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi Peaks, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Lakkom Falls, Meesapulimala, Echo Point

Suggested Read: 9 Luxe Resorts Near Kovalam That Will Keep Your Connected With Nature!

19. Thrissur – Wraps Multiple Interest Points

Thrissur's view

With multiple points of interest, Thrissur holds an important position in being an ideal destination around Kollam. The place is wrapped among plenty of attractions including hills, natural wonders and religious places. Thrissur is also famous for its colorful festivals including Pooram, Machadu Mamangam, Kodungallur Bharani and many local celebrations. If you plan a visit during the festival times, you will get to explore the distinctive Kerala culture. 

  • KTDC Tamarind Hotel
  • Kadappuram Beach Resort
  • Casino Hotel
  • Lulu International Convention Centre
  • Joys Palace
  • Vadakkunnathan Temple: Seek Blessings
  • Kerala Kalamandalam: Seek Peace In Art
  • Bible Tower: Feel Blissful And Calm
  • Thrissur Zoo and Museum: Interact With Wildlife

Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3Days

Distance from Kollam: 216 km How to reach: 83 km away from Thrissur is the Kochi airport which is very well-connected via roadways. Therefore, you can take a bus or for convenience, ride a taxi to Thrissur. Best time to visit: October to March Major Attractions: Vadakkunnathan Temple, Sakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur Zoo, Vilangan Hills, Archaeological Museum, Bible Tower

Further Read: Kerala In January: A Guide For A Memorable Vacation In This Southern State

So, these are some of the good places to visit near Kollam. If you are planning for a long holiday to Kerala then you can explore more than one places. Since all the places are located closely and are well connected, reaching the place becomes easier. Now that you know the names of the places, we hope you will be able to plan a hassle free trip and make some beautiful memories. These places near Kollam are without a doubt beautiful and magical in their own ways.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit Near Kollam

Is Kollam a nice place to visit?

Kollam is known for its pristine beaches and thus, it makes the perfect place for all the beach lovers. Other than that, you can also enjoy the backwaters in Kerala. Once you visit this place, you are going to have an all-new experience.

What is special in Kollam?

For anyone who does not know Kollam is Kerala’s fourth-largest city. The place is popular because of its cashew industry and coir manufacturing. You will find an endless number of places to visit in and near Kollam. This is the perfect place for a short family trip.

How can one reach Kollam?

You can reach Kollam by air, ferry, and road. Here are the details to know. 1. Trivandrum International Airport is just 66 km away from the city. 2. The ferry boat is located just next to the Kollam bus stand. 3. Kollam is well connected to the rest of India, therefore, you can avail of many bus services.

Can one reach Kollam by train?

The city is connected properly with all the major cities in the country. The train service available in Kollam is very good. So if the travelers are planning to visit Kollam by train then they have plenty of options.

What is the nearest airport to Kollam?

The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. But no regular flights are flying to Kollam. It is connected well with the other big cities via regular trains.

What is the best time to visit Kollam?

The best time to visit Kollam is throughout the year except during the rainfalls. During the monsoon months, the place receives heavy rainfall. This may ruin your whole trip and plan that you have.

Is Kollam a crowded place?

Yes, Kollam gets very crowded during the peak seasons. So if you are planning to visit Kollam then you should book your hotels in advance or else you will not get any good place to stay.

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12 of the best islands in Europe

Jun 14, 2024 • 9 min read

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Korčula Town is awash with historic architecture © xbrchx / Shutterstock

One of Europe’s best features is the stunning diversity of its landscapes ⁠— and that extends to its magnificent islands.

Whether you want to take in whitewashed buildings that cling to rocky cliffs or see the northern lights brighten the sky from a snowy isle, Europe has the perfect spot. We’ve rounded up some unique and beautiful islands across the continent from Lonely Planet's  The Islands Book . Here are 12 of the best. 

1. Korčula, Croatia 

A tapestry of vineyards, olive groves and dense forests blankets Korčula , the greenest of the Dalmatian islands. It lies just 3km (1.8 miles) from the mainland and is understandably busy in summer, but outside the peak season , it’s a serenely beautiful place to visit. The island’s well-preserved medieval towns and villages are awash with historic architecture, from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque palaces of Korčula Town to the simple stone cottages and farmhouses of the interior. It’s a place to hike or bike to small-scale wineries and olive mills; see traditional folk dances, religious processions and musical performances; or better still, laze on a sandy beach , an attraction almost unheard of in Croatia.

People sit under pine trees on a beach

2. Skiathos, Greece 

Eyes closed, picture the Greek beach of your dreams . A glinting pebble-studded cove? A luscious stretch of powdery white sand? A rocky sea-hugging outcrop at sunset? Skiathos is all this, and much more. Birthplace of the great 19th-century Greek writer Alexandros Papadiamantis and a key location during the Greek War of Independence, this history-rich pine-scented island sits just off mainland Greece, halfway between Athens and Thessaloniki , in the glittering Sporades. The small and relaxed capital, Skiathos Town , reveals a jumble of white-walled streets and traditional island architecture, while ancient monasteries lie tucked away in the hushed mountains and the unbelievably beautiful coastline unfolds in a series of blissful strands backed by rolling olive groves. Escape to the cliff-edged northern coast, whose craggy hills sweep down to secluded silver-pebble coves where family-owned tavernas have been serving up feta-loaded salads, crisp golden chips and platters of super-fresh seafood for years.

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A person swims in the water in a secluded cove at the beach of Cala Napoletana, Sardinia.

3. Sardinia, Italy 

The largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily, Sardinia is the feisty, brilliantly moody and charismatic offspring of conquest and occupation. Power-hungry masters were numerous prior to the island becoming part of unified Italy in 1861, yet the Sards never let time or the elements erase their brilliant story. The fierce passion and pride in Sardinian culture and heritage, the stubborn fraternity, the infectious zeal for la festa (party) and the slow food ethic that every islander shares is compelling. Think beyond flopping on the dreamiest white beaches on European shores. Exploring this natural habitat is a wild adventure, with vertiginous coastal paths and spectacular cliff-cradled bays, rugged mountains and sheep-specked hinterland, remote hilltop villages, Neolithic tombs and medieval cities riddled in mystery.

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Aerial view of the ruins of the square Genoese tower of Porto at the end of the Gulf of Porto, Corsica, France.

4. Corsica, France 

It has been part of France for more than 200 years, but wild and fiercely proud Corsica (Corse or L’Île de Beauté, meaning the "Island of Beauty") is dramatically different from the mainland . Be it customs, culture, cuisine or language , a unique Corsican identity oozes out of every last pretty hilltop village, harmonious polyphonic song and haunting lamentu (lament) listened to over a glass of blood-red Cap Corse Mattei. Corsica’s natural landscape is kaleidoscopic. Its sandy beaches and gold-crescent coves , thick forests and verdant valleys, sawtooth mountain ridges and rocky promontories are heaven for outdoor explorers. Immense geographical diversity is also the backbone of the island’s compelling multifaceted history. Begin at ground zero with the enigmatic "Sea People."

Boats float on bright blue waters off the coast of Menorca.

5. Menorca, Spain 

Welcome to the easternmost tip of Spain – a soulful, sun-soaked, beach-wrapped jewel of an island washed by the sparkling Balearic Sea, where sustainability was the cornerstone of local tourism long before it became a buzzword. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve back in 1993, beautiful Menorca unveils inspiringly designed agroturismes (rural hotels), mystifying Bronze Age ruins, rippling wetlands, pine-scented coastal trails and a string of the country’s most exquisite beaches. Its two elegant cities tell stories of its embattled past: harborside capital Maó (Mahón) bursts with British-influenced architecture, while colorful Ciutadella brings a more Spanish feel. From its blissful protected beaches to its strong gastronomic heritage, this go-slow island is making waves as a responsible-travel destination.

A wooden windmill in farmland

6. Saaremaa, Estonia

If you’re looking for the soul of Estonia , skip the medieval turrets of Tallinn and the university fervor of Tartu and head instead to the vast open spaces of Saaremaa. The largest island in the country is home to oak and juniper forests, craggy sea cliffs and small villages that still follow the ancient rhythms of rural life. For Estonians, there’s an ineffable magic to Saaremaa’s old windmills, flower-strewn meadows and folkloric history that dates back many centuries. One of the country’s most impressive castles rises above the picturesque town of Kuressaare – the island’s biggest settlement – and the mazelike corridors within are packed with Estonian treasures. Saaremaa is also known for its earthy cuisine, from rye bread made from old family recipes to smoked fish sold from tiny markets, alongside some of the best farmhouse beer brewed in the Baltics.

Rorbu huts on clear blue water with mountains behind in Sakrisoy.

7. Lofoten Islands, Norway 

The fabled maelstrom and fire-engine-red fishing huts on stilts in Lofoten that French novelist Jules Verne evoked in his classic sci-fi adventure novel,  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea , were no flights of fancy. This end-of-the-Earth archipelago, linked by ferry or a series of road tunnels and bridges to mainland Norway , is straight off a cinema screen. The raw natural beauty – not to mention the celestial Arctic light – is simply staggering. Fishing, farming and tourism chart out the seasons on this rugged string of islands where the flow of the Gulf Stream ensures a soft warmth unmatched elsewhere in the Arctic Circle. On white summer nights, the midnight sun bathes the islands’ shark-fin chiseled mountains in gold and turns the Norwegian Sea a pale violet no painter can truly capture. The coveted winter chase – in a kayak or husky sled, on snowshoes or horseback – to watch the northern lights tango purple and emerald-green across the dark sky is majestic, unmatched and utterly unforgettable.

View over the old town of the city of Visby with ancient buildings and the sea in the background.

8. Gotland, Sweden 

Known as the "Queen of the Baltic,"  Gotland is a magical island where medieval towns and churches butt up to sandy beaches and dunes, sculptural sea stacks, lush meadows and sleepy villages. It is Sweden’s largest island and sits in the Baltic Sea roughly halfway between mainland Sweden and Estonia – a strategically important location that has seen it inhabited for some 8000 years. Gotland is home to the narrow, cobbled lanes and quaint cottages of Visby , its UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital, with wonderful early Gothic architecture and the most alluring of long summer evenings. Outside the capital and away from peak season , it’s a serenely tranquil spot, sparsely populated and best explored by bike. Come for the medieval week in August to see jousters and jesters; the truffle festival in November; or just to wander from flea market to beach to remote hamlet, soaking up the views as you go.

Texel Lighthouse near a sandy beach during the early morning.

9. Texel, the Netherlands 

Sweeping white-sand beaches, wildlife-rich nature reserves, sun-dappled forests and quaint villages are just some of the highlights of Texel (pronounced "tes-sel"), the largest and most-visited of the Wadden Islands, which stretch along Holland’s northeast coast. Once a main stop for ships en route to Asia, Africa and North America (the first trade mission to the East Indies began and ended here), Texel’s typically flat Dutch landscape makes it ideal for cycling , and sheep are everywhere: the local wool is highly prized and lamb is always on the menu. During lambing season around Easter, you’ll see bouncy lambs aplenty; join the locals in taking a Lammetjes Wandeltrocht (a "walk to look at the lambs"). With enough diversions to keep you entertained for days on end, Texel is popular with Dutch and German visitors but is otherwise little-known, making it feel like a real find.

Yacht sailing on turquoise waters.

10. Isles of Scilly, England 

Given England ’s unexotic and often bleak weather, it is all the more extraordinary to think that the country squirrels away an ecological Eden where subtropical succulents, desert cacti and Seychelles-esque palm trees grow like weeds near beautiful beaches . But then again, the Isles of Scilly, 45km (28 miles) off Cornwall ’s southwest shore in the Atlantic Ocean, have always been cut off from mainland Britain, ensuring a unique ecosystem blissfully undisrupted by invasive plant or animal species. This paradisal string of 200-odd islands – five are inhabited – belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall, an ancient royal fiefdom where every local is a tenant of the Prince of Wales. This Scillonian anomaly aside, British tradition is tantalizingly alive and well, from crab sandwiches or fish and chips to creamy ice cream whipped up from island milk and flowers, or farmhouse fudge cooked on an Aga in the farm kitchen.

Girl in yellow raincoat hiking on a trail towards The Old Man of Storr during changeable weather,.

11. Isle of Skye, Scotland 

The second-largest of Scotland’s islands , in the Inner Hebrides, is its most spectacular, with a landscape that lurches from quiet coves and inky lochs to jagged pinnacles, tumbling waterfalls and pleated cliffs. Skye ’s dramatic mountains and undulating moors are easily reached by a bridge from the mainland , but to access the remotest corners and most impressive views you’ll need to take to the high moorland on foot, cycle precipitous mountain roads, or kayak along the puckered and indented coast. Temper it all with a visit to fairy-tale castles, colorful fishing villages and a host of museums, galleries and craft shops in the island’s lively towns. Bring a raincoat, though: the name Skye comes from the old Norse sky-a, meaning "cloud island." The weather here is unpredictable at best, but the scudding clouds and brooding skies only heighten the drama.

A cluster of white coastal cottages right by a windswept beach

12. Inis Mór, Ireland 

The largest of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay, Inis Mór (Big Island) is a thriving community where Irish is the spoken language and traditional music, culture and heritage go hand in hand with a lively calendar of festivals and events. A vast network of hand-built stone walls crisscross the fissured limestone landscape, with the island’s one road joined by countless lanes and pathways leading to ancient monuments, medieval churches, high crosses, holy wells and stalwart lighthouses. Come to walk, ride or cycle along the edge of Europe, to join a yoga retreat or learn to weave a traditional basket, play a bodhrán (goat-skin drum) or sing in the traditional sean-nós style. Or you could feast on fresh lobster, celebrate the summer solstice or just marvel at the unique light and culture here that have attracted artists and writers for centuries.

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10 most popular girls' trips for summer 2024 announced: See these top travel destinations

S ummer officially begins on June 20 this year, but millions of Americans are already enjoying or planning warm vacation getaways and fun destination trips. 

Whether you’re heading out soon on a road trip with the family or a girls' trip to the beach, many people are looking for their next opportunity to skip town. 

United Airlines announced the most popular destinations for a girls' trip this summer — and some are a bit surprising. 

TOP SUMMER TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR 2024: THESE INTERNATIONAL SPOTS WERE THE MOST SEARCHED

After analyzing booking data to see which destinations had the highest number of women travelers, United said some warm vacation spots stood out as the most popular. 

A spokesperson for United Airlines told Fox News Digital the company's team of analysts compiled the list. 

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"While beach and European getaways are popular for all travelers this summer, the most surprising thing in our data was the popularity of overseas destinations like Lisbon, Athens and Rome," they noted. 

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United Airlines said Tulum, Mexico, was the most searched vacation spot among women looking to travel this summer. 

The company said that nearly 45% more women booked a trip to Tulum compared to men. 

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The Tulum International Airport in Mexico opened to domestic flights on Dec. 1, 2023, and international flights on March 28, 2024, per the Tulum Airport. 

Prior to the opening, those looking to fly to the area had to travel to a nearby airport and then be transported to the city of Tulum. 

"Yes, Tulum may well be one of the most Instagrammed spots in Mexico, with plenty of smoothie stands and yoga retreats," said Tripadvisor about the location, "but this Riviera Maya beach town is so much more than a photo-op."

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Among the top attractions in Tulum, according to the same source, are the Mayan ruins "perched atop cliffs, providing dramatic vistas of the Caribbean Sea and historical insights into ancient trade."  

Delta Air Lines also noted that Cancun, Athens, Rome and Paris were among their most popular hotspots to visit this summer. 

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Expect a record-breaking number of travelers on Fourth of July week: How to avoid traffic

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  • An estimated 70.9 million people will travel for the Fourth of July holiday, a record-breaking number.
  • The most popular domestic destinations are Seattle, Orlando, Anchorage, Honolulu and Miami.
  • The worst times to drive for 4th of July week are July 3 and 4 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If you’re one of the projected record-breaking 70.9 million travelers going on a Fourth of July trip, get ready to pack some patience. 

“With summer vacations in full swing and the flexibility of remote work, more Americans are taking extended trips around Independence Day,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel, in a statement. “We anticipate this July 4 week will be the busiest ever with an additional 5.7 million people traveling compared to 2019.”

Whether you’re going by airplane or car, traveler numbers are hitting historic highs. An estimated 5.74 million people will fly to their Independence Day destination, a 7% increase from 2023. (We can thank domestic airfare being slightly cheaper this year for that.)

This year, 2.8 million more people will travel by car than last year, for a total of 60.6 million travelers. According to AAA partner and rental car company Hertz, cities like Dallas, Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco are showing the highest rental car demand. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Fourth of July travel. 

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What are the most popular destinations for Fourth of July week?

Many travelers are headed to the coast for their Independence Day trip, with states like Hawaii and Florida topping the list. With the best time for Alaskan cruises in full swing, cities like Seattle, Vancouver and Anchorage are popular among travelers. As expected, beloved European destinations like London and Rome earned spots on the list as well. 

Most popular domestic destinations:

Most popular international destinations:

What are the best times to drive for Fourth of July week?

As is typical with holiday travel, the early bird will catch the worm, which means encountering the least traffic. Drivers should depart on their Independence Day road trips before noon on July 3 and 4. To return home, drivers should leave before 11 a.m. on July 7 and after 7 p.m. on July 8. 

What are the worst times to drive for Fourth of July week?

“Drivers in large metro areas can expect the worst traffic delays on Wednesday, July 3, as they leave town, and Sunday, July 7, as they return,” said Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX, in a statement. “Road trips over the holiday week could take up to 67% longer than normal.”

On July 3 and 4, drivers should avoid being on the road between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., when traffic will be most congested. On Friday, July 5, the worst traffic will be between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

On Saturday, July 5, the worst traffic for travelers returning home will be between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The worst traffic is anticipated to be on July 7, so drivers should avoid the road between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

“Travelers should monitor 511 services, local news stations, and traffic apps for up-to-the-minute road conditions,” Pishue said.

Peak congestion times in major US cities

  • Worst route: Birmingham to Atlanta via I-20 E
  • Worst day: July 7
  • Worst time: 6:30 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 3 hours, 36 minutes
  • 42% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Boston to Hyannis via Pilgrim Hwy S
  • Worst day: July 4
  • Worst time: 1:45 p.m.
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 51 minutes
  • 31% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Fort Collins to Denver via I-25 S
  • Worst day: July 8
  • Worst time: 2:45 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
  • 56% increased travel time
  • Worst route: San Antonio to Houston via I-10 E
  • Worst day: July 6
  • Worst time: 1:30 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 3 hours, 48 minutes
  • 41% increased travel time

Los Angeles

  • Worst route: Bakersfield to Los Angeles via I-5 S
  • Worst time: 2:15 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
  • 29% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Jersey Shore to New York via Garden State Pkwy N
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • 40% increased travel time

San Francisco

  • Worst route: San Francisco to Monterey via Santa Cruz Hwy S
  • Worst day: July 2
  • Worst time: 5:45 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 31 minutes
  • 19% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Ellensburg to Seattle via I-90 E
  • Worst time: 4:30 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 19 minutes
  • 35% increased travel time

Washington, D.C.

  • Worst route: Baltimore to Washington D.C. via Balt/Wash Pkwy S
  • Worst time: 3:15 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hours, 1 minute
  • 67% increased travel time

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected] .

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This Florida Town Is the Most Affordable Community for Retirees, According to Realtor.com

Hint: it’s not The Villages.

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Florida remains the go-to relocation state for retirees , accounting for 11 percent of seniors who cross state lines post-retirement . It's easy to see why the Sunshine State is so popular with retirees 65 and older — after all, who can resist its laid-back lifestyle, picturesque beaches , and warm weather? But with its cost of living skyrocketing, retirees are now opting out of pricier areas like South Florida, and instead finding alternative communities that offer lower real estate prices while still maintaining a high standard of living. One such place is Sun City Center, which was recently ranked as the top retirement town for 2024 by Realtor.com .

"The country's top towns for retirees tend to be sunny and near large cities. Sun City, Florida, the top-ranking retirement town, is on the south side of Tampa, offering buyers easy access to the beach and to the amenities and resources of the large metro area," Realtor.com economic research analyst Hannah Jones told Travel + Leisure .

According to the real estate website, the town has over 30,000 full-time residents with a median age of 71. That’s because Sun City Center is a census-designated 55+ adult community that is entirely focused on providing its residents with age-appropriate recreational, educational, and cultural activities. But, as Realtor.com points out, there’s another reason seniors are moving: “Residents who relocate here can ditch many of the trappings of their pre-retirement life, including their car and their lawn mower.”

The median list price in Sun City Center is $315,000, which is well below the national average. Realtor.com also points out that an overwhelming majority of listings that span single-family homes and condos, or 84 percent, are retiree-friendly. Homeowners also benefit from lower homeowners association fees, which can add a substantial financial burden on monthly expenses in other parts of the Sunshine State. 

And residents certainly get plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sunny Florida weather thanks to the abundance of outdoor activities and events that the community offers. There are over one hundred clubs and organizations in Sun City Center that vary from archery and ceramics to gardening, yoga, and lawn bowling (there’s also a travel club). Facilities are just as many — over a dozen tennis and pickleball courts, several indoor and outdoor pools, lawn bowl greens, volleyball courts, and a billiards room.

However, one drawback to living in Sun City Center is its strict age restrictions. According to an ordinance, at least one household member should be 55 or over, and anyone younger than 19 can only spend up to 30 days a year here. So, seniors who enjoy spending more time with their grandchildren will probably need to go out of town to do so.

The second spot on Realtor.com's list goes to Green Valley, Arizona, another retirement community offering access to golf courses, hiking trails, and many natural landmarks. The median list price for homes here is $349,900. And Oregon’s King City is third, up three spots since last year. 

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Overtourism Is Out of Control. Here Are the New Rules of Travel.

Post-pandemic travel is surging, and overtourism is pushing popular places to their limits. How can you be a good traveler when some locals just want you to go home?

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I was in Hawaii with a group of friends, and a local screamed at us to go home. The island was overcrowded, and while I know tourists can be obnoxious and disrespectful, we were being conscientious. I don’t want to give up visiting the world’s most beautiful places, but I also don’t want to add to overtourism. Can I continue to wander where I want to? —Afraid of Anti-Tourists

I grew up in a tourist town on the Jersey Shore, so I understand the frustration of residents who live in vacation destinations. Each summer I’d grouse as throngs of visitors took over beaches, snarled traffic, and made parking impossible. But their tourism dollars were a boon to the local economy, and the tips I made waitressing during high season helped pay my way through college.

Now I split my time between Colorado and Maui and see how an influx of visitors impacts the environment and longtime residents. Peak season in either place—when it feels like tourists outnumber residents—is maddening, and it turns my typical routine upside down.

The local coffee shops where I sometimes work remotely from are mobbed, so I usually stay home. If I don’t do my grocery shopping as soon as stores open, I have to drive in circles indefinitely, searching for parking. Popular restaurants have hour-plus wait times, so my friends and I abandon hopes of dining out.

The Hawaiian Islands’ most recent Resident Sentiment Survey , conducted by Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, revealed that 67 percent believe their islands are being run for tourists at the expense of locals, and that many feel tourists show a lack of respect for them, culture, and the land. I often bike to Hana, a sleepy east-Maui town with a population of around 700, and I’ve seen residents native to Hawaii set up roadblocks and signs asking tourists to go home. I understand. This was their land.

Locals in other tourist towns have figured out ways of coping. “I avoid the downtown plaza all summer while tourists are here,” says Outside travel director Mary Turner, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I’m happy that businesses are being supported by tourism, especially after the devastating affects of the pandemic on them. But I do get frustrated when I see visitors being disrespectful, like smoking on hiking trails during fire season.”

Kevin Rieke, a longtime local business owner in Leavenworth, Washington, who grew up hiking in the Cascade Mountains, blames Instagram for crowding his favorite trails. But he also sees the positive: thanks to a boost in tourist numbers, he says, the town now has a dozen really good restaurants that residents can enjoy in the slow seasons, and it’s easier for local kids to find jobs.

Global travel has made a comeback, and people are more eager than ever to get out in the world. According to UN Tourism , by the end of 2024, numbers will have returned to pre-pandemic levels. The International Air Transportation Association predicts that air travel this year will reach a historic high, with 4.7 billion people expected to take flight worldwide.

A local of Palma, Spain, holds up a sign that reads "Too many tourists. Too many cars. Too many yachts. Too many bicycles. Too much waste. Too much pollution. SOS Residents."

One of the biggest problems is that visitors continue to flock to the same places, like Venice and Paris, as well as the more popular national parks in the U.S. I include myself in that flock: I still feel compelled to visit places that are now overtouristed, like Rome and Bali. They’re bucket-list destinations for good reason.

So should you stop traveling to the world’s most beautiful places? As a travel journalist, I’m always going to encourage you to get out there and explore. But with heightened pressures on popular destinations around the globe, we could all stand to take a moment to learn how to be a more conscious tourist. Here are my suggestions.

Pay Tourist Fees to Support Local Economies

Travel meccas such as Amsterdam, Iceland, and Bali have started implementing a tourist tax for peak months to help temper visitation. Venice, which has a mere 50,000 residents, incredibly hosts 30 million visitors annually, many of them day-trippers who put little money back into the economy. Which is why, in April, the city introduced a trial fee of 5 euros ($5.45) per day on certain dates through July. The tariff has drawn criticism from residents who feel it makes visitors view their home like a park.

Crowds of tourists pack the streets of Venice, Italy.

The town of Bend, Oregon, recently created a sustainability fund that puts revenue generated from a short-term-lodging tax—paid by visitors—into community-focused projects, such as a bike-park and trail improvements. “The idea is to use the money to address environmental degradation and invest in projects that locals and visitors can enjoy, so you have a social equilibrium that keeps a destination in balance,” says Todd Montgomery, the board chair for Visit Bend.

Paying a nominal fee to protect the places we love is the least we can do.

Expect to Plan Ahead and Make Reservations

The pandemic created a passion for outdoor recreation, and as a result, our national parks became overcrowded. An increasing number of popular parks in America, such as Yosemite, have implemented reservation systems for peak times. At first the planning seemed annoying, but the result is often a better quality experience for visitors and a lighter footprint on the land.

A large group of tourists gather at the Grand Canyon's South Rim to take photos of sunrise.

Learn Local Outdoor Etiquette

Many city dwellers were introduced to the joy of the outdoors during the pandemic, which is wonderful. But some hit the trails without basic knowledge about how to recreate responsibly.

“I’ve never seen more dog feces unpicked up, people going off route and trampling sensitive areas, Bluetooth-enabled speakers blaring out of backpacks, and Disney-like lines on sections of trails,” says Jim Deters, founder of the Gravity Haus hotels, which are located in more than a half dozen mountain towns across the West.

One of Deter’s goals with his properties is to provide visitors a truly local experience by creating an environment where they can mingle with residents—not just be served by them at a bar or restaurant. “We are the local’s gym, coworking space, and coffee shop,” says Deters. Sharing advice tends to happen organically in these settings.

Kayla Applebay, a resident and business owner in Leavenworth, Washington, says she won’t go to the rivers on summer weekends because tourists turn them into tube-clogged waterways. “You see people walking on salmon habitat, leaving trash everywhere,” she says. “Last summer a car caught on fire, and emergency services couldn’t access it because people had parked illegally.”

The town acted. In 2022, it launched a cheeky campaign called Give a Schnitzel (Leavenworth is known for its Bavarian heritage and Oktoberfest) to educate visitors on how to recreate responsibly. It also hired volunteer recreation ambassadors who post up at trailheads or river put-ins and take-outs, fielding questions and explaining rules. “They’ve probably saved quite a few lives by telling people to unleash from their paddleboards on the rapids,” says Troy Campbell, executive director of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.

The upshot is: educate yourself on the area you’re going to. What’s happening there right now? What are locals concerned about? Keep up to date with issues by reading local news sites and magazines, visiting a local outdoor store and asking questions, or joining a local group-cycling ride or trail run.

If you screw up, always give a heartfelt apology. In Hawaiian culture, kids are taught Pa’a ka waha, ho’olohe ka pepeaio, nana ka maka , or “Shut your mouth, listen, watch,” says Kainoa Horcajo, a Maui-based cultural consultant. “This is how you can learn how to get along, how to fit in—and how to be a good tourist, citizen, human.”

Book Your Trip in the Offseason or a Shoulder Season

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When you travel during these slower times, not only do you help reduce overcrowding but you’re also likely to have a more enjoyable experience and find better prices and more patient locals, says Amanda Ho, co-founder of Regenerative Travel, a booking platform with a collective of independently owned eco-hotels.

Spring, fall, and winter are good seasons to consider traveling to national parks and other popular places.

A few people mingle around Old Faithful in winter.

Stay and Play with Locally Owned Businesses

When you can be selective with the accommodations, tour guides, and experiences you’re booking, says Ho, it ensures your dollars are supporting residents as often as possible. Many locals’ livelihoods depend on tourism, so avoid big-box stores and chain restaurants in favor of eating and shopping at resident-owned places.

Some Other Rules to Travel By

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  • Don’t hold up traffic. This holds true from Manhattan to Maui. When you want to take photos, find an appropriate place for it that doesn’t slow down pedestrian or street traffic.
  • Don’t create your own parking spaces. The lines are there for public safety and environmental protection. In Lake Tahoe, which straddles the California-Nevada border, illegal parking can create erosion and that runoff often ends up in the lake.
  • Don’t use other people’s property as a bathroom. Would you want your kids to see a grown man’s behind poking out of the trees of your yard?
  • Don’t go off-trail. It can disturb flora and fauna and pose safety risks to yourself.
  • Don’t approach wildlife. Not the bison in our national parks or whales or dolphins while boating or snorkeling.
  • Don’t geotag popular natural attractions on social media. It may be tempting to social-boast about your epic vacation, but a viral post can ruin a destination with Instagram-obsessed crowds.
  • Don’t be rude to service workers. They’re employed to make your time safe and more enjoyable. Insulting them is about as inconsiderate as it gets.

Remember That Tourism Destinations Are Fragile

Yes, many economies depend on tourism, but too much of it is bad for everyone. Overcrowding adversely affects both locals and tourists, and in the long run it can ruin the natural beauty that made a destination desirable in the first place.

Todd Montgomery, who in addition to working for Visit Bend is the director of Oregon State University’s Sustainable Tourism Lab (which describes itself as “protecting tourist destinations for future generations of visitors and tourists”), got his start working for the mega-resort conglomerate Starwood Capital Group, where he was tasked with finding the next “it” destination in Southeast Asia between 1999 and 2006.

He and his colleagues would go into rural areas, promising the positive economic benefits of tourism to locals, only to have those areas “burn out” on visitation years later.

Initially, he says, travelers “paid for the culture and nature, but when that became diluted as the result of too many visitors, they weren’t inclined to pay as much,” he says. The visitor experience was negatively affected, but the destination also suffered from some combination of environmental damages, infrastructure wear and tear, and cultural damages, resulting in economic, social and environmental costs.

“Back then we assumed there was always another next destination,” Montgomery says. “If Phuket [in Thailand] got overrun, we’d go farther south. The reality was that there are only so many next destinations. You can’t have a turn-and-burn mentality. You have to protect places.” How do we do that, I ask him?

“It feels cliché,” he tells me, “but it starts with education.” 

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Travel-advice columnist Jen Murphy wishes she could charge people a fee every time they try to take a selfie with a turtle on the beaches in Maui or a mountain goat while hiking in Colorado. 

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In a world that often feels smaller and more connected than ever, there are still places that defy the modern norms of connectivity and accessibility. These isolated destinations offer a glimpse into untouched landscapes, unique cultures, and unparalleled solitude. Whether by geographical remoteness or challenging terrain, these places stand out as some of the world's most isolated and intriguing destinations to visit.

Easter Island, Chile

Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, this place is renowned for its enigmatic Moai statues. These colossal stone figures dot the island, which is roughly 2,300 miles (3,700 km) away from the nearest mainland, Chile. The island's isolation has preserved its Polynesian culture and language, making it a UNESCO World Heritage site and a fascinating destination for history and archaeology enthusiasts.

Svalbard, Norway

Situated in the Arctic Ocean, Svalbard is an archipelago known for its polar bears, stunning glaciers, and unique Arctic wilderness. The main settlement, Longyearbyen, is one of the northernmost inhabited places on Earth, with a population of around 2,300 people. Visitors come here for Arctic adventures, such as polar bear safaris, dog sledding, and witnessing the mesmerising Northern Lights.

Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territory

Often considered the world's most remote inhabited island, Tristan da Cunha lies in the South Atlantic Ocean. It's part of a British Overseas Territory and is home to a small community of fewer than 300 people. The island is accessible only by a multi-day boat journey from South Africa, and visitors can experience its unique flora and fauna, including rockhopper penguins and albatross colonies.

Pitcairn Islands, British Overseas Territory

The Pitcairn Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the South Pacific, are among the world's most isolated inhabited places. Home to fewer than 50 residents, the islands are known for their rugged landscapes, clear waters teeming with marine life, and a rich history that includes the mutineers of HMS Bounty. Visiting here offers a chance to explore untouched nature and a unique Polynesian-British cultural blend.

Supai Village, Arizona

Nestled within the Grand Canyon, Supai Village is the only community in the United States that still receives its mail by mule. Accessible only by hiking, horseback, or helicopter, this Havasupai tribal village offers visitors a glimpse into traditional Native American life amid stunning canyon scenery. Highlights include Havasu Falls, known for its turquoise waters cascading into pools below.

Bouvet Island, Norway

Located in the South Atlantic Ocean, Bouvet Island is one of the most remote uninhabited places on Earth. It's an isolated volcanic island covered in glaciers and surrounded by ice cliffs, making it challenging to access. Despite its harsh conditions, the island's untouched landscapes attract adventurous travellers and researchers seeking to explore its pristine environment.

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

Located on the eastern coast of Greenland, Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most isolated settlements in the world. With a population of around 450 people, primarily of Greenlandic Inuit descent, it offers a glimpse into traditional hunting and fishing practices amid breathtaking Arctic landscapes. Accessible primarily by boat during ice-free months and by helicopter or dogsled in winter, visiting Ittoqqortoormiit provides an immersive experience in Arctic culture and wilderness.

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  1. THE 30 BEST Places to Visit in Kollam (UPDATED 2024)

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    Azheekal Beach. 31 km. from city center 38 out of 41. Places To Visit in Kollam. Located at a distance of 40 km from Kollam, Azheekal is a small town surrounded by water on three sides. The beach is known for the clear brown shores, shimmering blue waters and a picturesque landscape.

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    Places to Visit in Kollam. Ashtamudi Lake, Thangassery lighthouse, Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Adventure Park, Anandavalleswaram Temple, Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls, Palaruvi Falls, Thevally Palace and many more. The spectacular places to see in Kollam are so diverse that it's arduous to explore all at ...

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    A houseboat trip to this lake is among the most popular things to do in Kollam. Things to do: Roam in houseboats, visit Kollam beach, take sunset boat cruise. Places to stay: Munroe Island Lake Resort, REGANT LAKE VILLAGE, SS Ayurmadam, Club Mahindra, Punartham Serviced Villa. 3.

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    Clock Tower. #10 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam. At a distance of 0.5 Km from Kollam Railway Station, Clock Tower is situated in Chinnakada and it is a major landmark in the town of Kollam. This tower has become an unofficial symbol of Kollam District.

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    Places to Visit in Kollam. 1. Sasthamcotta Lake. Sasthamcotta is a beautiful village situated about 19 km from Kollam Town. It is a centre of attraction and one of the most visited places in Kollam. It is a wonderful spot and pilgrimage centre and also has a health resort in here. Sasthamkotta lake is the biggest freshwater lake in Kerala.

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    Top Things to Do in Kollam, Kerala. 31. Vilappuram Bhagavathy Temple. 32. St Thomas Fort. St Thomas Fort is a nice place for photography where in we can have good snaps at these place enjoyed and a great time... 33. Maruthimala. Supr view point..

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    Kollam, Kerala. Palaruvi Waterfall - A Must Visit Place in Kollam. (source) Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi Kshethram - Religious Site in Kollam. Karunagappally Shiva Temple - 32 kms from Kollam. (source) A photo taken during Kollam Fest. (source) Mayyanad - Scenic Village Located in the Kollam District.

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    With the alluring backwaters, travellers can enjoy luxurious boating, picnic, and the art museum among other tourist places in Kollam. The major attractions of the adventure park include sculptures, an open gym, mangrove forest, boating, and British residency. 18. Kottukkal Cave Temple.

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    Kollam or Quilon has been thriving as a trading port since time immemorial. The colonial influences can be seen in the ruins and relics that dot Kollam extensively. The 13-arch bridge is one of India's oldest mountain railways and still holds strong. The Thangassery church and fort are extensions of the lighthouse of which only remains are left.

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    Top 10 Places to Visit in Kollam. Ashtamudi Lake. #1 of 33 Places to Visit in Kollam. At a distance of 2 km from Kollam Railway Station, Ashtamudi Lake is a beautiful lake situated in the Kolla district of Kerala. It is the southern gateway to the backwater of Kerala, and among the most visited tourist places in Kollam.

  13. 3-Day Kollam Itinerary

    4-Day Kollam Itinerary. 3-Day Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Itinerary. 3-Day Alappuzha Itinerary. 3-Day Kovalam Itinerary. Make the most out of your 3 days in Kollam by exploring these top visited places: Jatayu Earth's Center, Frankztreat Restaurant, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Hotel Aryaas Classic, Mahatma Gandhi Park, and Chef NalaN Restaurant.

  14. 15 Best Places To Visit in Kollam: A Multitude of Tourist Attractions

    7. Kollam Beach. Also known as Mahatma Gandhi beach, it is among the popular beaches and the best places to visit in Kollam. The place is known for its lush greenery, calm backwaters and thrilling water activities. Besides, Kollam beach is also one of the best destination wedding sites in Kerala, offering the perfect backdrop.

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    Suggested Read: 40 Interesting Places To Visit In Kollam On Your Trip To South India! 8. Shopping. Shopping forms a part of every itinerary while exploring a new place. You will find a lot of things to see in Kollam and its local markets. As the city is a hub of cashews, one can buy cashews along with spices. Moreover, Kerala is famous for its ...

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    Private Jatayu Nature Park and Varkala Beach Tour from Kovalam. 1. Historical Tours. from. $49. per adult (price varies by group size) Kayaking in Mangrove Forest of Paravur Backwaters near Varkala and Kollam. 19. Kayaking Tours.

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    Here are some must-see and must-do experiences in Kollam: 1. Ashtamudi Lake: Begin your journey by exploring the scenic Ashtamudi Lake, the second-largest lake in Kerala. Take a boat ride or houseboat cruise to admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding backwaters and lush greenery. 2.

  19. 17 Best Places to visit in Kollam

    This is definitely one of the best tourist attractions in Kollam. 5. Thirumullavaram Beach. Arguably, the second most popular beach in Kollam after Kollam Beach, this beach is full of coconut palms, which makes it a shady and silent place. The beach is ideal for morning and evening walks with a beautiful sight of the setting sun.

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    Unlike all other tourist places in Kollam, this place Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is calm and is going to make your trip unforgettable. ... Popular places to visit in Kollam Churches. Churches and temples are another important part of the tour in Kollam. There are many beautiful churches in Kollam, which are very old, but they look really good.

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    Pathanamthitta - For Art And Folklore. Idukki - A Heaven On Earth. Thrissur - Wraps Multiple Interest Points. 1. Kochi - A Hot Tourist Spot. Image Source. One of the hottest tourist spots, Kochi is worth it all. It is also one of the famous places to visit near Kollam. This is the place where the ancient meets the modern.

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  30. THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Kollam (Updated 2024)

    Mesmerized by the beauty of kollam in 135 feet tall lighthouse builed by British in 1902. 3. Kollam Beach. 366. Beaches. By 963navy. Efforts are being made all times to keep the beach clean of garbage dumped by evening crowd. 4. Thirumullavaram Beach.