Kollam is a city in Kerala in India.


Mentioned in Greek literature from the first century, Kollam or Quilon has been a thriving trading port for centuries. The surrounding region produces pepper (after which the city is named), cashews, coir and other agricultural products. Local communities include Christians, Muslims and Hindus. A historical Chinese population is known to exist, and the town's market is still named after them. Fishing occurs right along the coast as in other parts of Kerala. West and slightly north of the town some 5 kilometres lies a beach, on the north end of which are various European colonial-era relics, including the ruins of a fort and a few churches. There are also some old colonial buildings scattered about the town proper.

Get in

The city is well connected by road. National Highways 47 and 208 pass through it. A number of long distance buses and inter state buses ply through the city. You have buses from Cochin, Alappuzha, Trivandrum, Bangalore, etc. The city is also well connecedt by railways. The railway code is QLN. You can get trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore, etc. The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport and it is 70 kilometers away from the city.


Fishing in Back water of Kollam
Backwaters in Paravur
Country boat in Kollam Back water
Busy streets of Kollam in an evening


It's basically eating/shopping/sightseeing. Don't swim in the water as there's a large amount of unprocessed sewerage that goes in to it from locals who crap on the beach.



Kappa or Tapioca is served with fish



Go next

You could leave for Alleppy, Cochin or Trivandrum.

Buses and trains head in all directions.

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