Sasthamkotta Lake: This is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala. A country boat or a houseboat ride through the blue waters of Shastamkotta is just thrilling. A moon light stay in the houseboats in the lakes is so fascinating.
Ashtamudi Lake: Scenic and Calm Ashtamudi Lake is another biggest backwaters of Kerala. The backdrop of Chinese fishing nets lends a magnificent view. The quiet town of Kollam is situated on the edge of this lake. Fringed with coconut groves and palm trees, hire boats for cruising through the placid lake.
Palaruvi Waterfalls: Located near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, this lovely waterfall at Palaruvi, at a height of 300 feet, is a pristine spot. The waterfalls give the impression of following milk, which falls steeply down into a small shallow pool, which is ideal for swimming.
Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary: Located 70 kms from Kollam is the Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary.
Jatayupara: This huge rock at Chadayamangalam takes its name from the mythical bird Jatayu in the epic Ramayana, who is believed to have collapsed on the rock after failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana’s kidnapping of Sita.
Picnic Village: Along the backwater front is located the picnic village, which is a main center of recreational activities in Kollam. A 200-year old Government Guest House, Adventure Park, Tourist Boat Club, Children’s Traffic Park are all housed in this tourist complex.
Thangassery (Fort and Lighthouse): Thangassery is a seaside village of historic importance, which has the ruins of an Old Portuguese fort and a church built in 18th century. The beautiful beach nearby has a lighthouse of about 144 feet high.