Surrounded by coconut palms and cashew plantations on the edge of Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam, still referred to as Quilon is a busy Keralan market town. Away from the busy main streets there are old wooden houses of which red-tiled roofs overhang winding alleys.
Kollam is the southern gateway to the back waters of Kerala, and is well known for the Kollam-Alappuzha backwater cruise.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Kollam is from the months of September to March.
How to get there:
By Road: An excellent network of roads connects Kollam with other cities in Kerala. KSTRC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) buses ply regularly between Kollam and other neighboring cities.
On Tracks: Kollam is an important railhead of the south railways where all the major trains on the route take a halt. A daily train connecting Delhi with Kollam (Quilon) is the Kerala Exp. which departs from New Delhi at 11:30 and reaches Quilon Junction at 13:00. For more information on train timings and schedules, refer to the official website of Indian Railways at http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ (type the destination name as Quilon).
By Air: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport situated at Valiyathura is the nearest air connection which connects the city with other major Indian and international cities. Indian Airlines has connections with Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai while overseas cities include cities in the middle-east, Male and Sri Lanka.
By Ferry: The ferry boat station is located near the Kollam bus stand, just 3 km from the railway station. Boat jetty is the most exciting way to access various cities and towns in Kerala.