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Kollam or Quilon, an old sea port town on the Arabian coast, stands on the Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam, the erstwhile Desinganadu, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one of the five ports , which he had seen in the course of his travels during a period of twenty four years, in the 14th century. Kollam District which is a veritable Kerala in miniature is gifted with unique representative features – sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of every variety both food crop and cash crop.

Nearest Place To Visit : Ashtamudi Backwaters| Thangassery | Light House | Munroe Island | THENMALA ECO TOURISM | Palaruvi Waterfalls | Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary | Ashramam Picnic village | Thirumullavaram Beach | Azheekkal | Sasthamkotta | Paravoor – Pozhikkara | Thevally Palace |

Climate : In Summer, the minimum is 30*C & Maximum is 40*C, In Winter, the minimum is 22*C & Maximum is 32*C

Distance to Major cities and tourist attractions : • Kanyakumarri – 167 KM• Kovalom – 76 KM• Marari – 96 KM• Alleppey – 83 KM• Kumarakom – 104 KM • Cochin – 136 KM• Trivandrum Airport – 65 KM• Cochin Airport – 168 KM

Festivals & Fairs

Crafts Festival (December – January)

The craft festival is held annually during December-January. This festival features the work of craftsmen from all over the country.

Kerala Tourism Boat Races (January)

The Boat Race is conducted on 19th January every year to coincide with the great elephant march which is held on 17-20 January.

Kollam Pooram (April)

A colourful 10 day Vishnu festival which takes place in Ashram temple. It includes procession and fire works.

Ashtami Rohini (August – September)

Vadayattukotta Temple celebrates 5 day Ashtami Rohini festival. There are various amusements and festivities which are held in connection with festivals in temples.Muharam is also observed in this month with processions at the town mosque.

Oachirakali (June)

The mock swork-fight Oachirakkali is one of the most important of such festivals. Oachira has been famous for long as one of the sacred places of Kerala. Historically too this place is very famous, for, it was on the plains of Oachira that the much famed battle in the history of Travancore, the battle of Kayamkulam, was fought between Marthandavarma, the Maharaja of Travancore and the Raja of Kayamkulam.In commemoration of this historic battle Ochirakkali is conducted on the first and second of Mithunam (June-July) every year. On this occasion, the young and the old, drawn from the two Karas lying east and west of Oachira, from themselves into two groups, reach the Padanilam (the place for fighting) and conduct the age-old fencing exercise under the leadership of the elder kalari asan.

Kottamkulangara Temple (Vilakkeduppu)

In Kottamkulangara Temple in Chavara, there is a peculiar custom of men dressing up as women and carry lighted lamps (Thalappoli). The Uriyadi is a typical festival associated with Krishna Temple. The annual Uriyadi festival held at Vadayattukotta temple in connection with Ashtami Rohini deserves mention. The Kettukazhcha (exhibition of effigies) festival held at Mahadevar Temple, Thrikkadavur in February-March every year is one of the colorful festival of the district. There are similar festivals in the temples of Sasthamcotta, Velinallur, Chathannur, Chirakkara etc.

District Collector  :      Tel: 0474-2794900, 0474-2792970 (F) 9447795500 (M)
District Police Chief :  Tel: 0474- 2764422 ( Kollam City )
District Police Chief  : Tel: 0474- 2450168  ( Kollam Rural )

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