KollamKerala in India.
AlumkadavuScenic place, with blue green stretches back water, coconut palms, back water cruise, house boats, Ayurvedic treatment centers.
Amritapuri AsramamA Hindu pilgrim center for worshipers of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.
AryankavuPilgrim center, old trade route for merchants from either sides of western Ghats, famous for shrine of Lord Sastha, fine sculptures and mural paintings.
ChavaraFamous for the mineral sand and place of Catholic saint Sister Alphonsa.
KalayapuramIt is believed that old Kalayan royal family were ruled from this place, hence the name Kalayapuram.
KarunagappallyFamous mosque and dome of martyrs, a unique pilgrimage center. Old military station of Kayamkulam Rajas.
KottarakkaraErstwhile capital of Elayadathu Swarupam, a ruling family. Famous for Kath Kali (a dance drama).
KundaraA prominent place in the area famous for industries.
MannadiFamous as the place where Veluthampi Dalawa laid down his life.
MayyanadFamous for its shrines and temples.
NeendakaraFamous for its fisheries industries.
OachiraFamous temple & mosque, a unique pilgrim center and handicraft center. Oachira padanilam was the battle field of Kayamkulam Rajas.
ParavurFamous for coir production center and fishing. Beautiful tourist destination, eye-catching because estuaries, backwaters and beaches.
SasthamcottaBiggest freshwater lake in Kerala.
ThangasseryPlace of historical importance, with old 18th century churches, light house and remnants of Portuguese and Dutch forts.
Thangassery Church RuinsThe ruins of a church belltower and some adjacent graves and headstones are still standing here behind some local houses. You can probably spot them from the road if you're careful, but ask around and you will likely be shown inside. The locals are Christians and speak English.
Thangassery FortSome limited standing ruins of an old colonial fort. You can see two different sides of the building, the first from the harbour side (where it is visible at some distance), and the second from the opposite side. The site is slightly overgrown so beware of snakes if you venture close. An auto-rickshaw from the Main Road bus stop cost ₹50.
Thangassery LighthouseA modern lighthouse in a historic Christian quarter of town that is possible to climb in the afternoons. Best to combine with the Thangassery Fort, as the two sites are in easy and shaded walking distance.
Thenmalaaddress: 66 km east of KollamDam site with dense forest is famous for eco tourism.
phone: +91 4702477077,+91 9072588713, +91 9072088122address: Jatayu Nature Park Road, Jatayu Junction, ChadayamangalamThis rock-theme nature park has a sculpture of Jatayu, a bird that is a character in the epic Ramayana on top of a mountain. It is the world’s largest bird sculpture (200 feet (61 m) long, 150 feet (46 m) broad, 70 feet (21 m) in height. You can take a cable car ride to the sculpture. The view from the gondola is nice, and the sculpture is worth a look. Many other facilities are planned, but not yet open to the public. There will be a museum inside the sculpture and a temple to Rama. As of Jan 2019, the helicopter ride advertised on the website was not actually available. A food court where you can purchase snacks is also available - try the vazhaniyala appam, the vegetable cutlets and the banana fries - all of these are very tasty. There is a "12D" show at the cable car station that costs extra.
phone: +91 904 817 6186address: Chittumala RdVijeesh runs canoe tours which are an excellent way to explore Munroe Island. You get to go places that the house boats can't and will literally be going through the village and get to see life there. He has great English and an excellent personality. Also runs a home stay on the island. Rickshaw ~₹400 from Kollam or local train, contact him via email/phone for train details.
Joy AllukasFor clothes, gold, footwear etc.
Kairali HandicraftHandicraft from Kerala.
RP MallCarnival multiplex, Devi and Jajji's beauty salon, Reliance footprint & Trends for clothes, Fab India, Blackberry, Food Court, Game Zone
Hotel Brightaddress: Kottiyam, Kollam.Famous for their mutton chops.
Hotel Sea PalaceIt has a bar.
Hotel SudarshanIt has a bar.
Government Guesthousephone: +91 474-2742530It is noisy as the guest house is situated on the national highway in the centre of the city.
Hotel Prashantiphone: +91 474-2752061It has a vegetarian restaurant. It's a walkable distance to the beach. It has both air conditioned and non air conditioned rooms.
phone: +91 904 817 6186address: Chittumala Rd, Munroe IslandVijeesh and his family have a very quiet homestay. You eat with the family(pay what you think the meal is worth) and they are very friendly. The guest house is very modern and very clean. It was built in 2011 so is very new. Visjeesh will also take you on canoe tours of the backwaters which last the afternoon. Best way is to contact him via email or phone and he replys very fast. Rickshore is about ₹400 from Kollum bus station. Vijeesh can also arrange a driver for you if he knows what time you pull in.
Nani HotelExcellent location. For slightly more money than the government-run Tamarind Hotel (miles from anywhere, and nothing special) this place gets you a much nicer environ and location. Reception staff speak excellent English, others apparently cannot. At check-in I was told that no fan rooms were available, and was forced to pay for AC. However, upon complaining about the tax it was quickly considered included in the room rate instead of added on as usual: worth trying. Wifi is available but is charged at ₹50/hr, or ₹300/24hr: you wonder why the bothered installing it!
The Quilon Beach Hotelphone: +91 474-2769999It is a 5 star rated hotel. There is a pool facing the beach that looks quite nice. The beach has a children's park in it. During some days there are also cultural events conducted on an open air stage on the beach.
Railway Retirement Room
Tamarind HotelAn inconvenient location and poor value for the price make this a terrible selection, save for the view out over the water. The rooms are spacious, just about three times what you'd expect them to cost. A classic study in a government-run business... all the makings of success, but none of the right decisions, and an evidently rapidly progressing trend toward total apathy.
phone: +91 474 2751111address: Thevally, Mathilil
Buses and trains head in all directions.