Kollam -Located 71 kms to the north of thiruvananthapuram,
kollam is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing
industry. One of the oldest ports on the malabar coast, kollam
was one the port of international spice trade. Thirty percent
of this historic tous is covered by the renowned asthamudi
lake, making it the gateway to magnificent backwaters of kerala.
The eight hour boat trip between kollam and allappuzha is
the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters
of kerala. The district also has some interesting historic
remnants and a number of temples built in the traditional
ornate architectural style.
10 kms south of kollam mayyanad is noted for its shrines and
temples. The most important of the nine temples here is the
subramanya temple at umayanallor.
Thirumullavaram beach :
6 kms north of kollam this secluded beach is a beautiful picnic
This seaside village of historic importance has the ruins
of an old portuguese fort and churches built in the 18 century.
The Thangasseri Lighthouse which is 144 feet hight, is open
to visitors from 1530 to 1730 hrs.