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Travel to Kollam
Kollam or Quilon is an old seaport on the banks of the Ashtamudi lake.Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans and the Chinese traded here. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to set up a trading centre followed by Dutch and British.Kollam has emerged as the centre of the cashew industry in the country.
Often regarded as the gateway to Kerala's backwaters, the city has regular ferry services to Alappuzha.If you are holidaying at Kollam take a trip to the Adventure Park at Asramam next to the Government guest house. At Asramam there is the Sri Krishna Swami Temple festival and the main festival is Kollam Pooram or the Asramam festival which attracts devotees and tourists from all the places.
If you are a history lover then do not forget to visit Kollam Police Museum, India's first and only police Museum. The other historical place is Thangasseri, five km from Kollam city.
Thangasseri was an enclave of the Portuguese, Dutch and British and the remnants of the Portuguese and Dutch forts still exist. The place also has a 45 metre high lighthouse. Slightly out of the city on the backwaters route is Thevalli Palace located on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. The hub of Kerala's houseboat industry is located at Karunagappalli in Alumkadavu 35 km from Kollam.
Further down at Sasthamkotta 26 km away from Kollam and on the banks of the Kallada River is the temple of Lord Sastha.A Ganapathi temple, 25 km away from the city at Kottarakkara is a must visit for Kathakali enthusiasts for it is believed that the dance form was born at this place. The temple is also famous for Kottarakkara Unniappam a sweet dedicated to the deity and later served to devotees. At Kottarakkara there is the Kottarakkara Thamburan Kathakali Museum, a memorial to Kottarakkara Thamburan, the father of Kathakali.