The cashew capital of the world, Kollam is flanked by the Ashtamudi Lake and the Arabian Sea. This district is a scenic beauty with numerous rivers, the Thenmala Dam, the Thirteen-Ring Bridge at Punalur and the Kollam Beach. It is also renowned for its rich commercial sea ports and the availability of extensive cashew plantations.

Places to visit

Kollam Town

Kollam town, an old sea port town has the backwaters along the Ashtamudi Lake and the beach as the main attraction.

Thirumullavaram Beach

Situated about 6 km from Kollam town, Thirumullavaram is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala, with its silent and shady ambience renowned for Scuba diving.

Mahatma Gandhi Beach

Also known as Kollam beach, the Mahatma Gandhi Beach is barely 2 kms from the Kollam town and is an ideal spot for relaxation.

Paravur Beach

About 13 kms from Kollam Town is the Paravur Beach which is known for serene waters and the Thekkumbhagam estuary point.

Ashramam Picnic Village

Located about 2 kms from Kollam town, Ashramam Picnic Village attracts tourists for its 48 acre campus, flanked by beautiful backwaters on one side and forests on another side. It offers a range of recreational activities to people such as boating, fishing and cruises.

Krishnapuram Palace Museum

Located about 48 kms away from Kollam town, the Krishnapuram Palace Museum is a renowned tourist attraction with Gajendra Moksham - the largest single band of mural painting and the Kayamkulam Vaal - the double edged sword.


Situated about 27 kms from Kollam, Sasthamcottah is known for the vast freshwater lake and the ancient Sastha temple. Bordered by hills and forests, a trip to Sasthamcottah Lake and the temple is an ideal way to unwind oneself.


Thangassery, which used to be known as the Dutch Quilon is 5 kms away from Kollam town and frequented by the tourists for its forts, churches and the landmark Thangassery Lighthouse.


Situated at about 69 km from Kollam, Thenmala is first planned ecotourism destination in India. The main attractions include the Sway bridge, Thenmala dam and the adventure zone known for activities like elevated walk ways, river crossings and mountain biking.


Alumkadavu is about 30 kms from Kollam and is renowned for its coir wafts and construction of kettuvallams (traditional rice barges) and is the place where the first houseboat in India was built.


Mannarassala, located at Haripad, about 60 kms from Kollam, is known for its ancient pilgrimage center Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, dedicated to the Serpent God.


Located about 75 km from Kollam, Palaruvi, meaning streams of milk, derives its name from the white gushes of water falling down the 300 ft. high rocky surface. The journey to the waterfall, through the forest is a mesmerizing one.


Ochira, about 36 km from Kollam is well known for the Ochira Parabrahma temple, a temple built around the concept Parabrahma or Universal Consciousness, a unique proposition that invites tourists irrespective of religious faiths.


Thazhava is about 7 kms from Ochira and is well known for the oldest craft of screw pine mats which is also the main tourist attraction to the region.


About 2 kms away from the Kollam town is Kochupilamoodu which is renowned for the Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park.