The city of Kollam also known as Quilon is the fourth largest city of Kerala. Kollam’s ancient name is Thondis and it is the headquarters of the Kollam District. It is situated 71 km from the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, and lies on the shores of Ashtamudi Lake. This popular tourist destination is the capital of erstwhile Venad and forms the southern gateway of the Kerala backwaters.
The name of the city has been derived from the Sanskrit word Kollam that means pepper. The city has been a focal trading point since the Chera Monarchy in southern Kerala and today it is world renowned for the occupations of cashew processing and coir manufacturing. It is also a major business and commercial centre in the region of central Travancore, Kerala.
Kollam is a major sea trading destination since ancient times due to the presence of the Kodungallur Seaport on the Malabar Coast. It obtained its reputation of a commercial hub since the days of the Phoenicians and Ancient Rome
Kollam is also a centre of learning and culture and has been a home to several scholars from different parts of Sothern India. The famous literary works namely Leelathilakam and Unnuneeli Sandesam are a contribution of the literary work of Kollam, of the 14th century.
The best time to visit the destination is from November to March.
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Featuring a garden and a fitness centre, Global Backwater Resort offers rooms in Kollam, 1 km from the beachfront. Each room has a TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Some rooms have a balcony and air conditioning.select
Nani Hotel is located in the heart of the city, a 5-minute drive from Ashtamudi Lake and 1.5 km from the Kollam Beach. Overlooking the Clock Tower, this hotel offers a restaurant, a fitness centre and free parking on site.select
Offering a fitness centre and a tennis court, Harisree Residency is located in Kollam. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a minibar.select
Located in Neendakara, Regant Lake Palace Hotel offers a peaceful retreat with sweeping views of the lake. This 4-star property offers 3 dining options, an outdoor swimming pool and free internet.select