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Kollam :

One of the leading trade capitals of the Old World, Kollam is the centre of the country’s cashew trading and processing industry. Extolled by Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta in glowing terms, this was once a famous port of international spice trade. Thirty percent of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala. The momentous decision to introduce a new Malayalam era was convened at Kollam and hence the Malayam calendar came to be known as kollavarsham.

Tourist information offices:

DTPC Tourist Information Centre, KSRTC Bus Stand Ph: 2745625
DTPC Tourist Office, KSWTD, Boat Jetty Ph: 2745625, 2750170,
Email: info@dtpckollam.com, Website: www.dtpckollam.com
Department of Tourism - District Office, Govt. Guest House Ph: 2743620
Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society Ph: +91 475 2344800, Website: www.thenmalaecotourism.com
Getting there

By road: Kollam KSRTC, Central Bus Station, Enquiry Ph: 2752008
By rail: Kollam is an important railhead of the Southern Railways. Kollam Junction Railway Station, Enquiry Ph: 131
By air: Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram (71 km)
By water: Kollam Boat Jetty, is adjacent to the Central Bus Station (3 km from the railway station)
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