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Kerala: Kollam, the Backwaters of Kerala And Wonderful Beaches
Kollam, an awesome place which looks imposing and striking as it is encircled by water all-around. Nevertheless, the journey to Kollam will not bore you as every now and then you can stare at prolonged and compelling greeneries. Trees of Cashew nut, Coconut, Banana and Jackfruit sway their heads and get wet when their heads touch the lucent backwater. Colorful butterflies and indigenous birds are seen on the branches of the swaying trees. The banks of the backwater enjoy the cool shades of tall trees. Amidst the wonderful natural setting, inhabitants live in their dotted cottage like homes. To enjoy the astonishing nature, everyone should hire a boat from Kollam to Alappuzha. The voyage to Alappuzha has lot to offer you. On the way to Alappuzha, you would be charmed and would be able to unfold numerous mysteries of nature. Interested holiday makers can contact Alappuzha Tourism Development Co-operative Society, for hiring a boat which starts on every Tuesday and Saturday at 9:45 am. The 8 hours trip to Alappuzha from Kollam would fascinate every nature lover. Tourists can also avail boats from Kochi or Kottayam to Kollam.
80 feet long Kettuvallom yachts which used to carry loads of goods earlier are in ruins now due to its huge weights and time consuming journeys. The architect Lorry Backer had changed the concept and transformed these goods carrying yachts in amusement boats which now carry tourists. The huge area of these boats comprises plenty of amusement items along with kitchen, bed room, waiting room and toilet. Everyone has to spend 2000 to 6500 rupees per head to be a part of the journey. Charges differ according to the quality of services and facilities in the boats. However, it is important for everyone to carry drinking water and food along with them.
Kollam is the junction of the backwater. Try to visit Amritanandamayi Mission in Amritapuri, about 10 km towards the northern corridor of Kollam, while travelling through the imposing backwater route. The Mission and Ashram attract innumerable devotees from faraway places on every Thursday and Sunday. Interested spiritual people who want to stay and enjoy the divine atmosphere can stay in the Mission or in the Ashram of Indian Women Guru. The largest snake boat of the world in Champakulam and the Buddha idol of 11th century are the other interesting attractions for the interested tourists.
Kollam or koillam pulls huge crowd regularly for many reasons. The city of Kollam is built on the banks of the Lake, Ashtamudi. The business hub, Kollam, is hidden in the darkness of swaying cashew nut and coconut gardens. Holiday makers can take the pleasure in the boating on the water surface of the Ashtamudi Lake which is covering 30% of the entire Kollam city. Dotted islands and green manor of coconut trees on the lake engross many. The city looks marvelous for its red roofed wooden houses. Innumerable temples and Chinese fishing nets are seen at various corners of the city. The city looks different and astonishing for its small hills which are scattered at one side of Kollam.
A number of notable hotels are there in Kollam for the tourists. The Picnic Village, built by the District Tourism Promotion Council, on the banks of the Lake, houses enjoyable entertainment items in abundance. A floating restaurant of DTPC is also there.
Thevalley palace, lies on the banks of the sea, is one of the prime enticements of Kollam. The palace houses Government offices now.
The fascinating Mahatma Gandhi sea beach is situated at a distance of 2 km from the palace.
Picnic and outing lovers enjoy the surrounds of the Mecca city, Thangasseri, about 5 km from the city. A number of fishermen stay in and around the beach. People who visit the beach for picnic can see plenty of fishermen who stroll and do their regular activities on the prolonged and beautiful sea beach.
The lighthouse of 18th century, mausoleums (Portuguese, Dutch, and British) and Portuguese fort are the other coveted tourists attractions of Kollam. The primeval Portuguese fort is in ruins now.
Mayyanad, about 10 km towards the south of Kollam, can be accessed by bus and pulls huge number of temple lovers for attractive temples. Total 9 temples are speckled around Mayyanad.
The fishing project, a joint venture of India and Norway, is taking place in Chavara, about 11 km away from the city of Kollam. Chavara is rich in minerals as well and is very popular place in the proximity. The existence of few mosques in Chavara proves the presence of Muslim community in the close vicinity.
The factory of cashew nuts in Kollam is another chief allurement.
The city of Kollam has gained its reputation and recognition for its impressive tiles and ceramic industries. Stay at Kollam for two days if possible. Amble in and around the mesmerizing and captivating Kollam city to watch its astonishing sea beach and riveting natural backdrop. Tourists who are unwilling to take a walk should hire an auto or taxi to visit various interesting spots.
How to reach: Kollam is well connected to Tiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Kochi and many more cities by frequent bus services. Kollam railway station can be accessed from various Indian cities like Thiruvananthapura, Chennai, Kottayam, Nagercoil and ErnaKulam. Both the Salimar Nagercoil express and Salima Thiruvananthapuram express touch Kollam railway station on their way. Check our transport links below.
Where to stay: Hotel Neela, Hotel Shah International, Hotel Lake View, Hotel Sudarshan, Hotel Karthika, Hotel Sea Bee, Hotel Apsara, Hotel Railview, Hotel Prasanthi, Mahalakshmi Lodge and Palm Lagoon Resorts.
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