Kollam district represents the state of Kerala in its miniature form. Kollam has a great tourist potential and there are many important places of attraction here. There are beautiful beaches, forests, backwaters, wildlife, large crop fields etc. Besides there are some manmade buildings such as monuments and museums reflecting both traditional and modern architectural styles. As Kollam district has a very long coastal line of 37.3 kms, there are many beautiful beaches and some attractive backwaters as well. Some of the main beaches in Kollam are Thangasseri beach and Thirumullavaram beach and the backwater is Ashtamudi Kayal. Some of the main tourist attractions in Kollam district are given below
Ashtamudi Lake also called as the Ashtamudi Kayal is a large and deep wetland ecosystem in our state. It has the shape of a palm and is large next to the Vembanad lake. The word meaning of Ashtamudi is “eight coned “, ashta meaning ‘eight’ and mudi meaning ‘cone’. It has got its name due to the topography of the lake which has several branches. This lake is considered to be the gateway to the backwaters in Kerala.
Thangasseri beach is a very beautiful beach with white sand and palm trees bordering the beach. The beach has a length of 3 kms. Thangasseri beach which is a part of the Thangasseri town was a small Portuguese colony which then became a Dutch colony and finally came under the control of the British.
Thirumullavaram beach is a very beautiful with calm waves and golden colored sand. The cool blue color sea is liked by all the tourists and it makes it a famous tourist destination. This beach is ideal for morning walk and you can have a glimpse of the fisherman getting ready to catch fishes.
Thangasseri fort was also called as ‘Dutch Quilon’. The word meaning of Thangasseri is ‘gold village’ as this was the place where trade was done using gold as the currency. This place was the favorite spot of the Dutch and the Portuguese.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel Police Museum is the only one of its kind in India. This museum shows various developments of the police force in our country. In this museum one can find different types of guns, bullets, machines and various other weapons. Besides there are charts showing the details about fingerprints, DNA tests, several snaps, medals given to Policemen etc.
Palaruvi waterfall is situated in Thenmala in Kollam and is near to Tamil Nadu border. It lies in the Thenmala ranges between dense forests and is across the Kallada river. The word meaning of Palaruvi is ‘stream of milk’ and this waterfall is given this name because it looks like a stream of milk. The water falls from a height of 300 ft and forms a small pool at the bottom.
Shenduruney wildlife sanctuary derives its name from the plant Chenkurinji. This wildlife is a part of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve and is at a height of 1550 m above sea level. It was considered as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1984. One of the oldest river valley civilizations lies here and is famous for its wide range of biodiversity.
Ashram Picnic Village
Ashramam Picnic village is located in the Guest House Complex in Kollam. This Guest House is around 200 years old and lies in an area of 48 acres. It was the residence of Lord Munroe and the architecture of this building is marvelous. The tourist village at Ashram along the backwaters is an ideal picnic destination.
A very huge rock which is a main attraction in Kollam is called as Jetayu Para. This rock is ideal for trekking purposes and is present in the Chadayamangalam village. According to the legend, this rock is believed to have appeared after the bird Jetayu of the epic Ramayana fell from the sky on its attempt to prevent Ravana from taking away Sita.
Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum
Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum is a museum which is established in memory of the father of Kathakali named Kottarakkara Thampuran. This museum is dedicated to the art form called Kathakali and various models of Kathakalo are kept here for exhibition. The other exhibits include models of Kathakali, costumes, ornaments, musical equipments and sculptures of kathakali, costumes and models of dance forms such as Mohiniyattom and other dance forms etc.