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Kollam Vacation TripKollam was earlier known as Quilon. Situated about 71 km north of Trivandrum and standing on the famous Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam is an old time sea port town on the Arabian coast. It is said that the present town of Kollam was built by a Syrian Merchant in the 9th Century A.D. Today it is the headquarters of the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation.

Many a foreign traveler, mainly Persians, Romans and Chinese, has visited Kollam in the early medieval period. The visit by Marco Polo to Kollam and other places in Kerala is traced to 1275. The later trading visitors were Portuguese, Dutch and British in 16 th, 17 th and 18 th century respectively. Kollam became one of the early centres of Christian activity in Kerala.

The improvement in the commercial activity is attributed to Velu Thampi Dalawa of Travancore, who brought in the merchants from Madras and other places. He is said to have subsequently organized rebellion against the British during independence.

Refreshing Activities

At Ashtamudi Lake, different types of boats, including luxury cruise boats, power boats and motor boats can be hired for enjoyment.

Mahatma Gandhi Beach, Kollam TravelsMahatma Gandhi beach lies just 2 km from the town. It is a fascinating place for an evening visit. Thirumullavaram beach is 5 km from the town. The sea here is ideal for swimming and bathing. The 144 ft. Thangassery Light house, built in 1902, is a centre of attraction.

Sasthamcottah, 19 km from Kollam, is a beauty spot, a health resort and a centre of pilgrimage. The extensive fresh water lake called Queen of Lakes is said to be the biggest of its kind in Kerala. The place is now being developed as eco-tourism destination.

There are several Temples, Churches and Mosques of historical importance at Kollam. "Once you have seen Kollam you would no more need your illam (Home)"

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