Kollam, in southern Kerala and some 70 kms away from the capital town Trivandrum, is a vital port of the state, as a leading tourist destination as well. A prominent hub of international spice trade, the town is occupied almost 30% by the well-known Ashtamudi Lake, which creates its beautiful backwaters. Fondly referred to as the Ã"gateway of the backwaters of Kerala", the historical Kollam is a tourists delight for its houseboat rides, charming backwaters, scenic beaches and visual natural treats all-around.
Kollam Backwaters are the foremost attraction here for tourists as they create the breathtaking prospect of a boat ride through the roundabout lagoons and still rivers. The majority of tourists flock here to relish the boat ride, which- for many - happens to be a lifetime experience. Other noteworthy attractions in Kollam include the Adventure Park- a charming amusement park for kids - and the Ariankavu Pilgrimage.
Kollam delights for its scenic beaches, and the Mahatma Gandhi Beach is foremost of them all. At this beach, tourists never forget to take a long walks along the seashore besides enjoying fun activities of bathing and swimming. The Palaruvi Waterfalls- known for its milky colour water- and the Thangassery Beach- visited for its scenic beauty and ruins of a historical fort - are other major places of interest of Kollam.