This was the best experience of all as we were on the houseboat for the first time. The person driving the boat was amazing. Thought of being on water for 22 hrs was amazing. The boat went through several lakes and canals. We saw several villages where the only means of transportation was boat.Read More
Kollam is a port city in south western Kerala adorned with sea, lakes, mountains, streams and rivers. It holds an important place in history having had trade relations with the Portuguese, Dutch, British, Arabs and links with Rome, China and Persia. Also the centre of many politically significant events, Kollam and the region nearby has plenty of places of religious and historical value.
Thangassery, is of great historical value with several churches and ruins of an old Portuguese fort. Mayyanad is famous for shrines and temples and the Subramanya temple at Umayanallor is a major attraction amongst tourists. The renowned Ashtamudi Lake here is the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala.
Kollam is easily accessible by road and connected with many tourist centres throughout Kerala. The city is also well linked to the rest of the country with railways and the national highways.
Best time to visit: October and March
Languages spoken: Malayalam, English
Climate: Hot and humid summers, heavy rains during monsoon and pleasant winters
Natural wonders: Ashtamudi Lake, Munroe Island, Sasthamkotta Lake, Jatayupara, Palaruvi Waterfalls,
Landmarks: Clock tower, the hanging bridge at Punalur
Heritage and Pilgrimagesites: Thangassery, Rameshwara Temple, Ochira, Mayyanad, Subramanya Temple
Eco-tourism: Puthenkulam Elephant Village, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Thenmala
Picnic spots: Ashramam Picnic village, Kollam Beach & Thirumullavaram Beach
After around 3 hours, as we returned, I had mixed feelings. It was the feeling of immense satisfaction about our last brush with the backwaters, but a feeling of gradual sadness was also seeping through, as we prepared ourselves to say Au-revoir to Kerala.Read More
When we started our trip to the backwaters of Kerala, in all the travel books we had read, area around the backwaters was referred…Read More