Kollam (Quilon) an emporium of international trade in the Old World, a land extolled by Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta, Quilon is much more than just a land. A destination whose sands are sodden with adventures and legacies waiting to be explored, Kollam has had a strong history of commerce since the days of the Phoenicians and Romans. Rich with tales of a bygone era of the Dutch, Portuguese and British, Kollam is today the heart of the country’s cashew trading and processing industry and the Ashtamudi Lake here is the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. To the north of Thiruvananthapuram comes the district of Kollam. It was formerly a renowned trading point for spice. The district is a leading center for fishing in Kerala and is home to the largest fresh water lake in Kerala – Sasthamcotta. A boat cruise starting from the Ashtamudi backwaters in Kollam to backwater networks in the adjoining district of Alappuzha and further is a delightful experience.
Kollam is also known for Lakes, Beaches, Backwaters, Villages, Hill stations, Waterfalls, Ecotourism Zones, Dams, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Sea Ports, Fishing Ports, and Art Forms etc