Kollam - The Cashew Country
Location : 72 Kms From
Main Attractions : Thangaserry, Thirumullavaram
Area : 2579 sq. kms.
Best Season : August to March. India Tourist Guide
An old seaport on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, Quilon, 72 km away from
Thiruvananthapuram is also known as the gateway to Kerala.
The district is fairly important for the State's trade and commerce and is
the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry.
It is also an important hub for the State's marine products industry, with
the port of Neendakara being the centre for trawlers and ice plants.
with industrial activity, Quilon is a place where nature can be seen at its
best. People from places as far as Persia, Arab, Rome and China traded here.
The Portuguese were the first Europeans to set up a trading centre followed
by the Dutch and British.
A perfect blend of modernism and antiquity, the developed city of Quilon
brings to the fore the memories of a bygone era. Quilon, which is a
veritable Kerala in miniature is gifted with Kerala's very representative
features - sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters,
forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of every variety both food crop
and cash crop.
Prime Attractions :
» Thangassery (5 km) -
A seaside village of historic
importance, with the ruins of an old portuguese fort and a few 18th century
churches strewn all over, Thangaserry is a city located 5 kms from Kollam.
One of the main attractions of the place is the Light House at Thangaserry,
which is 144 feet high.
» Mayyanad (10 km) -
The place is primarily noted
for its shrines and temples, the most important of the nine temples being
the Subramanya Temple at Umayanallor.
» Karunagappally -
situated 27 kms. north of Kollam. It is linked with Kollam by rail and road.
An idol of Buddha, recovered from a local tank here, is now preserved in the
Krishnapuram Palace, situated north of Ochira. The town has a temple
dedicated to Lord Siva, two old mosques and a Mar Thoma Church.
» Kottarakkara -
Kottarakkara, the place from where
the famous Indian classical dance form originated is the headquarters of
Kottarakkara Taluk. It was once the capital of Elayadathu Swarupam, a
principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore Royal Family.
Thirumullavaram Beach (6 km) -
An ideal picnic spot, it is a secluded
beach, well connected by frequent bus services.
» Rameshwara Temple -
The influence of the pandyas
is manifest in its design having inscriptions in Tamil, dating from the 12th
to the 16th centuries. The Vyala monster sculptures in this temple give one
the impression that the creatures are animated and actually climbing up the
stairs with their outstretched paws.
» Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple (11 km) -
It is a
magnificent temple, situated on the Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam MC Road.
» Picnic Village -
Located at Ashramam, along the
backwater front, picnic village is the main centre of recreational
activities in Kollam. A 200-year old Government Guest House and Adventure
Park, a Tourist Boat Club, a Children's Traffic Park and a Yatri Nivas are
all housed in this vast tourist complex.
» Jatayupara -
A huge rock at
Chadayamangalam, Jatayupara takes its name from the mythical bird Jatayu in
the epic Ramayana, who is believed to have collapsed on the rock after
failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita. The Crafts
Festival is held annually during December-January, featuring the work of
craftsmen from all over the country.
The enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that
is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerela. Kumarakom
strengthens Keralas reputation for being Gods own country with
its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests, coconut groves and emerald
green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned
with while lillies. It is part of the Kuttanad region, and the bird
sanctuary here spread across 14 acres of any ornithologist's paradise.
This enchanting backwater destination offers visitors many leisure options.
From wandering into the depths of its wildlife sanctuary to cruising down
the back waters and fishing, Kumarakom is perfect for a lazy and laid back
holiday. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a
boat trip round the islands, as hundreds of swaying verdant coconut palms
lining the rivers lean to brush the tops of your heads. Kumarakom is an
example of nature at her bountiful best in the fragrant flowers, the riot of
multi coloured birds, the surrounding greenry and the clear waters.
Tourist Destinations in Kumarakom :
The Vembanad Lake -
The Vembanad Lake is one of the largest fresh water
lakes in Asia. It flows through the verdant lands of Kerala and offers one
of the best backwater cruises. Most of the flora and fauna in this region
flourishes around this supply of fresh water. The lake also acts as a
balancing tank against floods, and its wooded banks, temptingly invite a
visitor to explore more. The boats that ply on the lake vary from the large
stitched-hull, cargo carriers with domed mat-roofs to houseboats.
» The Water-bird Sanctuary -
A water-bird sanctuary
lies at the edge of the grounds of an old estate where a profusion of all
kinds of birds can be observed. Domestic birds such as cuckoo, wild duck,
egrets, darters, herons, teal, and water fowl can be seen in abundance here,
as much as can the Siberian storks which migrate to this area each year.
» Kottayam -
Kumarakom is situated 15 km from
Kottayam on the Vembanad lake. This little backwater town is well known for
its rubber plantations. Christianity is the dominant religion here and it is
dotted with pretty old churches. Rejuvenating ayurvedic massages are
available here. Thekkady, a major wildlife center lies 114 km from here, and
Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrim center is another 134 km from Kottayam.
» Alappuzha -
The charmingly unkept coastal town of
Alappuzha, formerly called Alleppey, lies close by. With its labyrinth of
canals, bridges, silver beaches, and cheerful people it makes for a
memorable holiday. Alappuzha is a never-ending panorama of lush green paddy
fields, towering coconut trees, and long canals that offers enjoyable boat
cruises to Kollam along the scenic Vembanad Lake.
Water Sports in Kumarakom :
Kumarakom is best described as a picturesque clean village like most places
in Kerala. It has lately become a preferred tourist destination. Boat races,
houseboat cruise, canoeing and fishing are some of the main attractions of
this simple place. The huge houseboats, traditionally known as the
Kettuvalloms, are complete with living rooms, toilets, kitchen, balcony for
angling and it is possible to live on them for days together for a truly
unique experience. These Kettuvalloms are actually remodelled cargo barges
made of wooden planks joined together by rope only, without using nails at
Kumarakom lies in the region of Kuttanad, which is the rice bowl of Kerala.
Here farming is done below sea level. The peace and quiet, biting fresh air
and unspoiled life style of the simple people of Kumarakom are a unique and
rejuvenating experience that surpasses any modern entertainment activity or
How to Reach Kumarakom :
nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is about 76 kms
from Kottayam town. Kottayam is the nearest railhead to Kumarakom, about 16
km away and provides a link to all major cities in Kerala and India with
numerous trains plying its route daily. The nearest bus terminal, is also at
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Important Travel Information :
Kumarakom is located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced
tropical climate. The local spring season emerges from August and coincides
with the harvest festival of Onam. The lowest and highest temperatures
recorded are 16.10 C and 37.80 C. There is always a cool, fresh breeze,
which makes even the warmest weather readily agreeable. The South West
monsoon is from early June to early August. However, slight drizzles persist
till early November. Average rainfall is 1100 mm per year. The peak tourist
season is from November to March.