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Located 63 km of North of Trivandrum, Kollam beach offers you to enjoy your holiday at its best. Offering a complete range of exciting activities, this beach destination is in Kerala. Kollam or Quilon is a beautiful old port city, on the banks of the picturesque Ashtamudi Lake. Also known as the centre of cashew industry, it houses the attractions like Chinese fishing nets, Chinese water pots and boats. August to March is the best time to visit the beach.
Infused in sheer natural beauty and offering wonderful attractions, Kollam is a prime attraction during your Kerala tour. Its enchanting beaches and mesmerizing backwaters just make it a noted tourist destination in India. Popularly referred as the land of cashews, Kollam is a perfect holiday destination.
Kollam is the perfect beach spot. Stretching a long way, the tranquil Arabian Sea offers tourists to bask in the cool breeze that penetrates the place. This expansive beach is a perfect spot to enjoy swimming as well as bathing.
Kollam is an interesting gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Taking the regular ferry to Alleppey, an eight hours ride is the best way for a wonderful backwater experience. Shorter cruises can also be enjoyed in the larger comforts of the houseboats with idyllic villages like Alumkadavu as your launch base.
Besides the immaculate beach, you can also visit several other interesting places on land. During your Kollam beach tour, you can also visit nearby attractions, which are as follow:
Just 5 km from Kollam, it is the treasure of the beautiful remnants of the Dutch and the Portuguese forts. A 45 meter high lighthouse is the highlight of the place.
Paravoor lies 20 km from Kollam. It is a narrow skirt of land expanding in between the backwaters and the sea. The famous Varkala beach is hardly 15 km drive from here.
Situated near Kollam, Ariankavu is a famous pilgrimage spot where tourists come from all across the globe. The temple serves as a venue for the festival, held in December. It is the annual event.
Mahatma Gandhi Beach
Among popular attractions nearby Kollam, Mahatama Gandhi Beach also stands out for tourists. Lying at a distance of two km from the city, it is a beautiful beach. You can enjoy long walks amidst the spectacular surroundings. The beach is also ideal for bathing as well as swimming.
How to Reach
Thiruvananathapuram International Airport is the best option to reach Kollam by air.
Kollam Junction is the nearest railhead, connecting it to Mumbai, Kanyakumari and several other parts of the country.
The city is served by three national highways. It is on NH47 that connects Salem to Kanyakumari via Palakkad.