Kollam has been on the route map of spice traders for a very long time. Legendary explorers like Ibn Battuta to Marco Polo have talked about the prominence of Kollam district for centuries. Endowed with a long and scenic coastline, Kollam has many peaceful and scenic places to offer. Since it is located on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, it is also one of the best places to go cruising in the backwaters. Here are some places to visit in Kollam that you can’t skip on your trip.
A list of all the things to do in Kollam to make it a fun trip
1. Palaruvi waterfalls
Palaruvi translates to “milky streams”. This is a stunning waterfall located on the Kollam-Shencottah Road, which falls from 300 feet. An ideal time to visit this place is from June to January. Even if you visit this place on a low-season, it is a beautiful picnic spot. The 32nd highest waterfall in India, it is also known to have Ayurvedic properties.
Things to do: Sigh seeing, bathing in a waterfall, picnic in the woods, swimming
2. Ashtamudi Lake
This lake is the most visited lake and backwater in the state. Lush green waterways lined with palm and coconut trees, there’s no better place to start exploring Kollam. Ashtamudi means ‘Eight Coned’ in Malayalam. A houseboat trip to this lake is among the most popular things to do in Kollam.
Things to do: Roam in houseboats, visit Kollam beach, take sunset boat cruise
This village is an important place for shrines and temples. Located at a distance of 10 kms from Kollam, it has nine important temples. It lies on the banks of the Paravur Lake and also the coast of Arabian Sea. The most important one being the Lord Subramaniam Temple. The village has some of the oldest temples of Kollam visited my pilgrims from all across the country.
Things to do: visit temples, churches and mosque
Kulathupuzha town is located at a distance of 64 km from Kollam. It is renowned for its Sastha temple, which is located on the banks of River Kulathupuzha. If you’re a Vishnu devotee, then do visit this place in April/ May as the Vishnu Mahotsava takes place here. You can also check out the Eco Tourism of Thenmala with Indo Swiss dairy farms which is just 9 kms away.
Things to do: Visit the Sastha temple, visit Indo Swiss dairy farms
5. Jatayu’s Earth Centre
This is a very recent construction, the Jatayu Nature Park is a rock-themed park. The adventure park has 6D theatre an audio-visual digital room, cable car and much more. This is built to promote mythology and adventure tourism. This giant bird statue located on a hill top is certainly unique and something that shouldn’t be missed.
Things to do: experience 6D theatre, do a cable car ride, see Jatayu’s statue, visit the Ayurvedic cave resort
6. Asramam Adventure Park
Located in the core of the city near the bus stand, this is a fun adventure park for children. You can even experience backwater cruises from here to Alleppey. You can see many mangroves and go to the open gym. If you’re visiting Kollam with family, this is a place you must visit.
Things to do: backwater cruises, luxury boat cruise, speedboat experience, open air gym experience, walking and trekking
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7. Rameshwara Temple
An ancient temple in Kollam, this temple dates back to the 12th Century. It is believed to be built in the Pandian style of architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, one fascinating feature of this temple is the sculpture of Vyala, the mythological monster. This is probably one of the best tourist spots in Kollam!
Things to do: Visit the temple, see sculptures
8. Thenmala Deer Park
This park is built within the Kallada river side forest. You can spot many types of deer here from the Barking deer, Spambar Deer, Spotted deer, Axis deer and many more. Apart from that, there’s also a children’s park and a tree house as well that you can explore!
Things to do: Spot deers, visit the children’s park, check out the tree house
Located 27 km north of Kollam, this beautiful town has many resorts and beautiful beaches. The scenic beauty of this place is one of a kind. The main tourist attraction is the Houseboat facility in Alumkadavu, which is close (only 3 km) to Karunagappally town. If we look into the history of this town, this was actually a Buddhist site, which is why you will see a beautiful place called Krishnapura Palace housing a deity of Lord Buddha.
Things to do: visit beaches, experience house boat ride, visit the Krishnapura palace
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10. Thirumullavaram Beach
A scenic and popular beach located in the city of Kollam, this beach is famous for the yearly ritual of Karkidaka Vavubali. This beach is located at a distance of 6 km from Kollam. Thirumullavaram Beach is also among the twin beaches in the Cashew capital of the world. This is a great place for Kollam sightseeing.
Things to do: relax at the beach swimming and sunbathing
Hope this ready reckoner of sightseeing in Kollam and will help you plan the trip! You can also chekcout some great deals on our Kerala tour packages for a complete vacation.