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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kollam (Kerala-India)

Kollam or Quilon, is an old sea port town on the Arabian coast that stands on the Ashtamudi Lake. The place is made complete with the sea, lakes, rivers, plains, mountains, streams, backwaters, forests, vast green fields and tropical crops. Special places of interest for tourists would be the Ashtamudi Lake, the 144 ft Thangassery Light House, the Ananda Valleswaram temple, the Pulichira church, Mahatma Gandhi beach and park at Kochupilamoodu, Thirumullavaram beach and Ashramam Picnic Village, Achencovil (Lord Ayappa temple), Alamkadavu (starting point for houseboat cruises), Amritapuri (spiritual centre, ashram of Amma), Palaruvi waterfalls.

To reach Kollam: By train: Trivandrum-Ernakulam line passes through here. Railway station contact: +91- 0474-2741590 By road: NH 47. Main Central Road, Kollam-Shencottah Road and Punalur-Pala-Muvattupuzha