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About Kollam

Kollam is one of the 16 district cities in the Indian state of Kerala. Also known by its former name 'Quilon', Kollam is the heart of India's cashew trading and processing industry. The city of Kollam is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the West, Tamil Nadu on the East, Alapuzha and Pathanamthitta districts on the North and Thiruvananthapuram district on the South. The city boasts of rich political, cultural and commercial history.
 
Profile of Kollam

Geography and Climate of Kollam

Kollam is located 64 KM from the city capital of Trivandrum, 138 KM from Kochi and 318 KM from Kozhikode. Located on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, city has multiple rivers flowing here including River Ithikkara, River Kallada and National Waterway 3. The city experiences a tropical climate with very little seasonal variation in temperature. April to November is generally the wet period when city experiences comparatively more rainfall.

Transport in Kollam

The city of Kollam is well connected to different cities in state and rest of India through different means of transport. NH 66, NH 183, NH 744 and many other state highways connect the city to nearby cities with frequent bus services operating on different routes. Kollam junction happens to be the second largest railway station in Kerala. All major trains have a halt here making it comfortable for people to reach any corner of India easily. Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest one from here located at a distance of 66 KM. There are many domestic and international flights operating from here daily. There are also state boat services available from here to reach to nearby cities. One can even choose to take a nice water ride in a luxury double decker boat with family and friends.

Kollam - Past and Present

Kollam has always been a place of commercial importance since ancient times. Since the ancient city of Quilon, it used to be a flourishing port during the Chera dynasty. It later became capital of the Kingdom of Quilon and was considered as one of the four early entrepots in global sea trade. From the days of Ancient Romans and Phoenicians, it always had a high commercial importance. The city experience the Battle of Quilon that was fought between a troop of the Indian kingdom of Travancore and the East India Company. During the reign of Marthanda Varma, the Venad Kingdom was completely merged with the Kingdom of Travancore.

Today Kollam is a developed and metropolitan city of India. It is a commercial center in Kerala known for cashew trading and processing. There are all kinds of modern amenities that one can find here today. The Kerala Government has also decided to develop the city as "Port City of Kerala". There are people of all religions living here and city has many religious places here including temples, mosques and churches.

Economy of Kollam

Kollam - The "Cashew Capital of the World" is traditionally known for its cashew trading and there are a lot of cashew processing units in the city. It is the biggest export centers of cashew worldwide. Also it is one of the many seafood export hubs in India. In addition to thriving export industry here, dairy farming has picked up really well here. There are many fishing villages in the district city. The city also boasts about large deposits of China Clay, lime shell deposits and Bauxite deposits.

Today Kollam is one of the most developed cities. It has 5th highest per capita income in India and 3rd highest in Kerala. One can find many 5 star hotels here along with malls & showrooms to indulge in shopping and enjoy a modern urban culture here.

Culture and Festivals of Kollam

There are people of different religions living in harmony in Kollam. As per the census of 2011, city has a population of 3,48,657 of which 1,68,006 are males and 1,80651 are females. Of the total population here, around 56% are Hindus, 22% are Muslims and 21% are Christians. The city has a literacy rate of 93.77% which is higher than the national average of 74.04%.

The annual festival of "Kollam Fest" is celebrated here with a lot of energy. There are thousands of domestic and foreign tourists that flock the town to witness the fest. One can get a true feel of Kollam's rich cultural heritage and commercial opportunities that exist here during the fest. Kollam Pooram and The President's Trophy Boat Race (PTBR) are other popular festivals that are celebrated here every year.

Tourism in Kollam

Kollam is home to people of varied religions, ethnicity and languages. At the same time, one can find here many ancient temples, old churches and mosques that are flocked by people to worship. Being a Hindu majority city, one can find a lot of Hindu temples here including Anandavalleeshwaram Sri Mahadevar Temple ( a 400 year old ancient temple), Ammachiveedu Muhurthi temple ( 1 600 year old ancient temple), Asramam Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, Kottankulangara Devi Temple, Puttingal Devi Temple and Sasthamcotta Sree Dharma Sastha Temple. There are also many ancient churches and mosques here like Infant Jesus Cathedral (a 400 year old church), Dutch Church in Munroe Island (built in 1878), St.Thomas Church, Juma-'Ath Palli at Karuva (a 300 year old Mosque), Elampalloor Juma-A-Masjid, Chinnakada Juma Masjid and Koivila Juma Masjid.

There are numerous pilgrim centers in Kollam district. There are temples, ashrams, mosques and churches here. People belonging to the different religions live here in communal harmony. The well known pilgrim centers of Kollam are Oachira Temple, Shasthamkotta Temple, Achankovil Temple, Kollam church and Martha Mariam church. The Ashram of Mata Amrithanandamayi called Amrithapuri is furthermore in Kollam and is visited by lakhs of devotees every year. Some of the main pilgrim centers of Kollam are given here.

Temples in Kollam

  • Shasthamkotta Temple
  • Oachira Temple
  • Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi Kshethram
  • Asramam Sreekrishna Swamy Temple
  • Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram
  • Ammachiveedu Temple
  • Thrikkadavoor Mahadeva Temple
  • Pulimukham Devi Temple
  • Kolloorvila Bharanikkavu Devi Temple
  • Achankovil Temple
  • Kulathupuzha Temple
  • Vettikkavala Temple
  • Umayanalloor Sri Balasubramania Swamy Temple
  • Veerabhadra Swamy Temple

Churches in Kollam

  • Martha Mariam Church
  • Kollam Church
  • Pullichira Church
  • St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral
  • St. Casmir's church
  • St. Francis Church

Mosques in Kollam

  • Juma-Ath-Palli
  • Valiyapalli
  • Jumma-Ath-Masjid
  • Kalamala Palli
  • Muslim Jumma-Ath-Palli 
  • Muthirapparambu Palli
  • Siyavathummodu Palli

Utilities and Services in Kollam

Kollam boasts about offering all kinds of modern amenities today. Being here, one can be assured to get all kinds of services easily. Below is a list of some common services available in and around Kollam.

Hotels in Kollam

Nani Hotels and Resorts
Address: Kollam Clock Tower, Beach Rd, Andamukkam, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 275 1141

The Quilon Beach Hotel & Convention Centre
Address: Pallithottam-Beach Rd, Pallithottam, Thamarakulam, Kollam, Kerala 691006
Phone: 0474 276 9999

Hotel Sea Pearl
Address: NTV Nagar, Kadapakkada, Kollam, Kerala 691008
Phone: 0474 276 8908

Hotel Allseason
Address: Asthamudi Lake, Mathilil, Kollam, Kerala 691601
Phone: 0474 275 7575

Capital 19742 Hotel Dona Castle
Address: Kottamukku, High School Junction-Kottamukk Rd, Vidya Nagar, Kollam, Kerala 691013
Phone: 0124 398 6368

Ashtamudi Villas
Address: Near Nambarthu Junction, Mathilil, 691601
Phone: 098471 32449

Hotel Shah International
Address: Residency Rd, Next to Axis Bank ATM, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 274 2362

Chandra Inn
Address: Dwadasi Nagar Near Boy's High School, High School Junction-Kottamukk Rd, Kollam, Kerala 691009
Phone: 070340 33399

All Season’s D’Fort Ayurvedic Resort
Address: Kmc /51/1932, Thangassery Rd, Near Light House, Kollam, Kerala 691007
Phone: 0474 278 7878

Regant Lake Palace Hotel
Address: Opp. Foundation Hospital Jn Puthenthura P.O, Neendakara, Kollam, Kerala 691582
Phone: 096050 82288

Zodiac Regency
Address: Vadayattukotta Rd, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 094952 45865

Xavier's Residency
Address: QS Rd, Kadapakkada, Kollam, Kerala 691019
Phone: 0474 273 1901

Restaurants in Kollam

Sri Ayyappa Restaurant
Address: TTR Compound, Main Road, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 070126 28200

Fayalwan Hotel
Address: Main Rd, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001

Gowri Sankar Restaurant
Address: Anandavalleeswaram Temple, Near Collectorate, Kaankathu Mukku, Kollam, Kerala 691013
Phone: 0474 279 6380

Keraleeyam Restaurant by The Raviz
Address: Thevally, Mathilil P.O, Kollam, Kerala 691601
Phone: 0474 275 5551

Wok & Grill Chinese Thai Fusion
Address: #579,Vidya Nagar,Kotamukku, near Supreme Super Market, Kollam, Kerala 691013
Phone: 077360 12525

Mahal Foods Biriyani Hut
Address: Pallimukku, Kollam, Kerala 691021
Phone: 093873 17778

All Spice Restaurant
Address: Musaliar Buildings, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 276 4421

Sree Suprabhatham Restaurant
Address: Mini Capithans Junction, Shakthikulangara, Near Neendakara, Fishing Harbour, Kollam, Kerala 691581
Phone: 094978 10494

New Salim Hotel
Address: Beach Rd, Andamukkam, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 274 7823

Healthcare in Kollam

Hospitals and clinics in Kollam offer the best of healthcare services ranging from diagnostic services to specialized services. The hospitals have the best specialists in all streams of medicine to cater the needs of the patients. The city has dental clinics run by experienced dentists. The government hospital located in the city provides cashless treatment to the patients. Patients from nearby town and villages throng to Kollam in case of medical urgency. Here is a list of accredited hospitals and nursing homes in Kollam.
 
Bishop Benziger Hospital
Address: Benziger Hospital Rd, Mundakkal Village, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 276 8201

Upasana Hospital
Address: QS Rd, Kadapakkada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 253 2619

Santhigiri Ayurveda & Siddha Hospital
Address: 47, Residency Rd, Residency Nagar, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 276 3014

Kollam District Hospital
Address: Bus Stop, Hospital Rd, near Kollam, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 276 8668

Dr. Nair's Hospital
Address: Residency Rd, Asramam, Kollam, Kerala 691002
Phone: 0474 276 6180

Meditrina Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.
Address: Kollam - Ayoor Road, Bypass Road, Ayathil, Kollam, Kerala 691021
Phone: 0474 272 1111

Sankars Hospital
Address: QS Road, P.B. No: 32, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 391 8400

Kollam Medical Mission Hospital
Address: Bus Stop, Decent Junction, Kollam-Ayoor Rd, Decent Jun, Palathara, Kollam, Kerala 691577

Chemists in Kollam

Western Medicals
Address: Head Post Office, Musaliar Buildings Thiruvananthapuram - Kochi Highway Chinnakada, Near, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 275 0933

Nanma Medicals
Address: Residency Rd, Opposite Excise Office, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 275 1666

Dr.Yacob's Pharmacy
Address: Hospital Rd, Chinnakada, Kollam, Kerala 691001
Phone: 0474 274 4588

Lakshmi Medicals
Address: Kadapakkada, Kollam, Kerala 691008

Padma Medicals
Address: T.D Nagar, High School Junction - Kottamukku Road, Kollam, Kerala 691013
Phone: 094965 35306

Aswathy Medical
Address: 66, Kulangiyil Arunodayam Rd, Ammannada, Kollam, Kerala 691021

Adithya Medicals
Address: Thattamala, Mylapure, Palathara, Kollam, Kerala 691020
Phone: 099952 17158

Central Medicals
Address: Koikkal, Kollam, Kerala 691019

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