Info & facts , Kollam

Kollam formerly known as Dutch Quilon, lies near Thiruvananthpuram Airport. Its one of the most beautiful place on earth in the monsoon season, but sadly most of the travellers avoid this season. It rains heavily here, but this gateway of Backwaters has its natural beauty blossoming in the winters. Apart from the rainy season, its the winters which makes this place feel like heaven. Tusami of December 2004 did effect this place and its neighborhood, still its back and radiant as ever. 

Being on the Jetty and moving through the canals covered with hyacinths. The houseboats floating on the water take you through the sighseeing of the town and the villages that come on the way. Pass through a carnage which takes you on a voyage which is completely different from others.

Fast Facts :
  • Location : Kollam, Thiruvananthpuram
  • How to Reach : Kollam is near three National Highways. NH47 links Salem to Kanyakumari via Patadakal, Thrissur, Ernakulum and Alleppy. NH220 to Theni and NH208 to Thirumangalam near Madurai. Via train one can reach Kollam from Mumbai by Kanyakumari and Quilon Express and from Delhi by the Kerala Express. All trains which serve Trivandrum Central go to Quilon.
  • Distance : 67 kms/ 11/2 hrs from Thiruvananthpuram
  • Price for Houseboats: Rs 10,000 - 15000 /-
  • Best Time to Go : Indian Winters - August to April end
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The Place :
Kollam lies between the eight cornered Ashtamudi and the Lakshadweep Sea, at the southern extremity of a network of backwaters. Most of the sight seeing places in Kollam are within the radius of 8 - 10kms. The place is famous for its colonial Churches just like the Colonial Cousins and its backwaters. As you move along the coast line in the houseboats you will get to see some of the churches of Kollam. Other than these Churches there is the Thirumullavaram beach, Nahavishnu Temple. Thevally Palace, Neendakara which hold attraction for the tourist. Apart from these the Ashtamudi Backwaters are also famous. It here in these waters that the Kettuvulumns or the houseboats row along the coast line.

The backwater Cruise from Kollam will take you across the Ashthamundi River from where you will be able to see the little villages on the coastal line of Kerala. You will children running, waving and playing across the Coast. fisherman taking their fish, and women hurrying to work While on the houseboat you can catch fish, take a dip in the backwaters or swim in them or stop the houseboat in the middle of the backwater to take pictures of the scenery around. You can see the beautiful Ashtamudi Lake and enjoy the moonlit night. You will also get to see a number of temples, churches and mosques which have different images in the night and morning.

Some of the one day houseboats trips are very famous like the Kayal Pradikshana Cruise which takes you along Munroe Island, formed by the Ashtamudi and Kallada River. This one day trip takes Rs 500 per individual; children below 12 years are not ticketed. Another is the Sayanathum Sunset Cruise which is a half day cruise and takes Rs 100 per individual. But both of the cruise do not include night stay in the houseboat.

The Houseboat

Houseboats of Kerala are the luxury in which you will move on the backwaters. These are the homes rowing from one destination to another fully equipped with all the comforts of a household. There are the one bedded accommodation Houseboats. The one bedded houseboat has a living cum dining room and a bedroom with attached bathroom. In this type of Houseboat the lining cum dining room is larger than the bedroom. There is a separate Kitchens. It also has a sundeck for you to relax the ripples of the backwaters and the life of Kerala Villages 

With separate accommodation for the Crew, it is perfect for a couple. The crew includes the Captain and the Chef. This type of boat are also perfect for Honeymooners. A simple Houseboat cruise for two without Air Conditioned rooms would cost around 10,000 for one and half day trip.
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