Best Places To Visit In Kollam That Will Touch Your Heart

Kollam is world famous for its commerce and culture and it is known by its ancient name Quilon. This coastal town spreads on the bank of Ashtamudi Lake attracts tourists from all over the world. Kollam being the district headquarters has contributed  significantly to the economy and culture of Kerala. Kollam is considered to be the largest producer and exporter of premium quality cashew nuts globally as well as a number of innovative products made from coconut husks. If we talk about the tourist places of Kollam, then it provides an incomparable sight experience where tourists keep visiting for a year around. The sight of the natural blue waters mixed with the infinite bright sky enthralls the onlookers.

Tourist Places To Visit In Kollam :-

The spectacular places to see in Kollam are so diverse that it is difficult to see all at once. Rich in sea, lakes, forests, vast green plains, and the city has been a perfect place for a one time vacation. It is a place that captivates with its magnificent landscape, picturesque beauty, culture and tradition. Tourist can also visit the cashew and spice plantation in Kollam as well as experience fishing at Neendakara Port, the largest port of Kollam. If you want to get a thrilling experience then you can visit Thangassery Light house to experience Surfing  and scuba diving. Let’s talk about in detail of the tourist places of Kollam.

1. Kollam Beach :-

Kollam beach is also Known as Mahatma Gandhi Beach, it is a beautiful beach that spreads far and wide. This beach is located in Kochupilamodu, 2 km from Kollam city. Mahatma Gandhi park is also situated near this beach, which is a favorite place to take a walk or get relax. This tourist place of Kollam attracts a large number of tourists where tourists come and enjoy the sun kissing the waves, palm trees and picturesque beauty. Tourist can also do beach fun activities, swimming and walking at this beach.

  • Location :- Kollam, Kerala.
  • Entry  Fee :- No entry fee is required.
  • Opening and closing Time :- Morning  10 :00 am to Evening 5 :00 pm.
  • Ideal Duration :- 2 to 3 hours.

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2. Ashtamudi Lake :-

Incredible and amazing beauty of Kerala Ashtamudi Lake of Kollam has 8 branches which after converting into one channel correspond to Arabian Sea. That is why it is called Ashtamudi Lake in which Ashta means eight and Muni means branch. This tourist place in Kollam is the largest Lake here, which is one of the most popular places to visit in Kollam. Palm and  coconut trees further adorn the shores of this lake and  provides a fascinating experience of the calm and green waterways. Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam district of Kerala offers tourists a wonderful and immersive experience of house boat cruising, island visit, Fishing, and also incomparable experience to stay in houseboat.

  • Location :- Kollam, Kerala.
  • Entry Fee :- coasting by houseboats charges starts from 2500.
  • Opening and Closing Time :-Open 24 hours but preferred time for travelers from morning 10:00     am to evening 6 : 00 pm
  • Ideal  Duration :- 1 to 2 hours

3. Thangassery Light House :-

Thangassery Light House, rising toweringly above the coconut trees, is the second tallest lighthouse on the coast of Kerala, which is estimated to be around one hundred forty (140) feet in height and was built in 1902. One needs to climb 200 steps to enjoy the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and Kollam. Illustrated white and red bands around the lighthouse makes it more wonderful and dignified. Watching the sunset from the top of the light house is a pleasant and breathtaking experience. Replete with its enchanting beauty and serene landscape, this lighthouse is one of the places to see in Kollam for tourists.

  • Location :- Kollam, Kerala.
  • Entry Fee :- INR. 10 for adults and INR 03 for children.
  • Opening and Closing Time :- From morning 10 :00 am to 5 :00 pm.
  • Ideal Duration :-1 to 2 hours

4. Thrumullavaram Beach :-

If we talk about serenity and calmness of nature of the tourist place to see in Kollam, this is such one beach in Kerala where the golden sand surrounds the clear blue water of the beach as well as the beach is fully embellished with coconut and palm trees. The eye – soothing blue sea soaked sand, the panoramic view of the lush green palm never fails to attracts the tourists. The beauty of this beach is still unimpaired because of being one of the isolated beaches of Kerala. Like any other beach, travelers enjoys swimming and sunbathing along with relaxing here. Tourists also visit  the nearby Vishnu Temple with their faith.

  • Location :- 6 km away from Kollam.
  • Entry Fee :- No fee is required.
  • Opening and Closing Time :- Morning 10 :00 am to Evening 5 :00 pm.
  • Ideal Duration :-  1 to 2 hours.

5. Neendakara Port :-

Neendakara port is a major sea port which is a fishing port and is situated at a distance of eight kilometers from Kollam. It is the headquarters of the Indo – Norwegian fishing community project and is known as the backbone of fishing and other marine activities. This fish port of Neendakara is the largest of the fishing areas with the capacity to handle more than 500 fishing boats at a time. This tourist attraction of Kollam offers a spectacular and panoramic view and tourists can also have a view of the idyllic view of the Ashtamudi Lake from the bridge here.

  • Location :- Neendakara, Kollam, Kerlala.
  • Entry Fee :- No entry fee is required.
  • Opening and Closing Time :- Every day morning 6 :00 am to 8 :00 pm.
  • Ideal Duration :- 1 to 2 hours.

6. Palaruvi Waterfalls :-

The name of Palaruvi falls is recorded as the 32nd highest waterfall in India. Palaruvi waterfalls is a  popular tourist spot in Kollam which is located in the sleepy village of Aryankavu . The astounding sight that captivates the eyes and heart of the visitors is the milky water falling from the rock here. The fresh cool water falling from the springs, the pure serene atmosphere and the rustic charm of the surrounding village provide a wonderful experience for the tourists who wish to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This Palaruvi waterfall of Kollam is one of the most beautiful scenic spot in Kollam.

  • Location :- Rd to Palaruvi waterfalls, Palaruvi, Kerala.
  • Entry Fee :- INR 10 for adults and INR 10 for children.
  • Opening and Closing Time :- Morning 8 :00 am to 4 :00 pm.
  • Ideal Duration :- 1 to 2 hours.

7. Sri Mahaganapathi Temple :-

This temple is considered to be one of the famous pilgrimage sites of Kollam and is extremely popular among all the worshipers as a center of spirituality and devotion. The architecture of this temple of very ancient times attracts many tourists admiring its attractive design. An interesting fact about this temple among the people here is  that Shiva’s family lives here. Even the non –Hindus are also allowed to visit here. The idol of lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati along with the idol of lord Ganapati in this temple signifies the presence of this temple. The god devotees worship the lord with the offering of Maha Ganapati Homam and Pushpanjali.

  • Location :- 25 km away from Kollam.
  • Entry Fee :- No entry fee is required.
  • Opening and Closing Time :- Morning 4 :00 am to 11 :00 pm and evening 5 :00 pm to 8 :00 pm.
  • Ideal Duration :- 1 to 2 hours.

8. Kollam Adventure Park :-

This is one such tourist spot in Kollam which is a center of leisure activities for people without age limit. This tourist place in Kollam has been a must for picnic, great boating and art museum among all other tourist places. Tourist visiting here can enjoy the pleasure of the charming backwaters as well as enjoy the houseboat cruise, deluxe boat and speed boat amidst calm waters. This place covers the  attractions of boat club, children’s Park, 200 years old government guest house, Yatri Niwas, Art  Museum, Boating and other activities.

  • Location :-Behind guest house, Asramam, Kollam.
  • Entry Fee :- INR. 30 per person.
  • Opening and Closing Time :- Morning 10 :00 am to evening 6 :00 pm.
  • Ideal Duration :-2 to 3 hours.

Best time to visit in Kollam

The  best time to visit in Kollam is between October to February as the temperature is relatively pleasant and the humidity is low. Monsoon season is not suitable for this trip as your journey may get spoiled due to rain. The tropical coastal climate can be experienced in Kollam which also has an average temperature around 37 degrees throughout the year.  Due to proximity to the sea, rainfall is frequent and thunderstorms occur from July to September. Summer season is  completely un convenient to visit there because of  high humidity so we can say that winter season is the best season to visit in Kollam.     

How to visit  in Kollam :-

The nearest airport of Kollam city is Trivandrum International Airport which is about 57 km far away as Kollam is not well connected to other major cities of the country  itself. After reaching the Trivandrum Airport one can hire a private taxi, cab etc. If anybody wants to go Kollam by train then they can easily get regular trains to Kollam from any other major cities of the country. It has their own railway station, Kollam Junction.

Where to stay in Kollam :-

There are many hotels and resorts available to stay in Kollam which gives good deals in all their provided hotels and resorts. You can choose from luxurious hotels to average and lowest rated hotels and resorts  according to your budget which suits your pocket and your convenience.

  • Hotel Fragrant Nture Retreat and Resort.

10 km from city centre / INR. 5,320 per night.

  • Hotel The Quilon Beach.

2.9 km from city center / INR.  3,570 per night.

  • Allseason

4 km from city center / INR. 2,352 per night.

  • Ashtamudi Villas.

3.7 km from city center / INR.  2,016 per night.

  • Global Backwaters.

4.9 km from city center / INR.  1,814 per night.

  • Club Mahindra Backwater Retreat.

9.2 km from city center / INR. 9,890 per  night.

  • Sea Pearl
  • km from city center / INR. 2,150 per night.
  • Raj Residency Hotel.

15.4 km from city center /  INR. 3,024 per night.


  1. What are the features of the City Kollam?

Kollam city is the capital of Kerala’s cashew industry. Mountains, Lakes, plains, lagoons, backwaters, forests, rivers and farmlands make up the topography of this district of Kerala.

  • When was Kollam formed as a district?

Kollam was formed as a district in 1957. It is a very blissful place to visit and perfect for getting the ultimate holiday experience.

  • How many beaches are there in Kollam?

Kollam  is one among the three beaches in South Kerala with lifeguard outposts as of July 2015.

  • What was the old name of Kollam and when it was established?

The former name of Kollam was Quilon and it was established in 1099 by Rama Varma Kulashekhara.

  •  By which another name is Kollam Beach known?

Kollam Beach is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Beach in the district of Indian state of Kerala.

  • Is Kollam worth visiting?

It is a home of stunning and heart wrenching  tourist spots. So definitely it is a worth visit place

Butool Zehra

Butool is a creative author and travel blogger. She believes that your job fills your pocket but traveling and meeting with new people satisfies your soul. As far as she experienced the nature, she likes to share it with the people to motivate for traveling.

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