Things to do in Kollam

This cashew heaven is a must visit place in Kerala. All the three modes of transport will take you to this ancient port town if you are wondering how to reach Kollam. The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram if you are planning on taking a flight. If you are planning on reaching Kollam by road then you can either drive via NH-47, NH-220 and NH-208. You can also hop onto one of the buses going to Kollam from any part of Kerala or Tamil Nadu or Karnataka.  The Kollam ferry station is located just beside Kollam bus stand. You can take the ferry ride to reach Kollam, enjoying the sea breeze that swirls around Kerala’s shores.

Known as Kerala’s offbeat destination, Kollam is one of a kind place for travellers. Visiting tourist attractions in Kollam is like exploring the untapped side of Kerala. The beaches, the temples and the villages truly make Kollam sightseeing a remarkable experience. Don’t mistake this small town for having fewer tourist spots as there are innumerable options for travellers to explore in and around Kollam. With so many choices you will be confused about what to see in Kollam. If you don’t have too much time on your traveller’s watch then here are 2 such destinations that you must absolutely not miss out. 

Homestays  on Ashtamudi river

If you know about Kollam, you will know about the Ashtamudi river too. This river is a popular tourist attraction in Kollam for hosting snake boat races, water sports and houseboat tours. However, one experience that you must absolutely not skip is staying in homestays at Ashtamudi river. These homestays offer a stunning view of the Ashtamudi river and some of the delightful local cuisine of this beautiful city. Head to Sundara Theeram homestay and Ashtamudi villas to soak in some stunning backwater visuals. 


Shenduruney forest is a favourite spot for travellers who are wildlife enthusiasts because of the wildlife sanctuary. This sanctuary is one of the renowned places to see in Kollam. However, not many know of the hidden village called Rosemala located in the dense depths of Shenduruney. You will have to go at least 10 kms inside the jungle through rugged tracks to discover this hidden treasure. The tiny village is not a well-known spot and has wild elephants that roam free on the streets. Hence, it is advisable to ask the villagers to accompany you. The cherry on the cake is the spectacular view of the Thenmala dam reservoir that you will get to witness. Rosemala village is completely powered by solar energy and does not use any energy from external sources making this a mandatory entrant on your list of places to see in Kollam.  

In case, you have some more time on your hands after visiting these two destinations, head out for some more Kollam sightseeing. You can check out the Munroe island, Thangassery lighthouse, Palaruvi falls and Jatayu’s earth centre. Moreover, the ancient temples of Kollam are your pass to head back to the olden times. 

Next time you are in Kollam and are confused about where to go and how to organise your trip, just let SOTC lighten the burden - our travel experts will plan and book everything for you to make your Kollam holidays  memorable.


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