Located 71 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollom the center of the country cashew trading and processing industry. One of the oldest ports on the Malalabar coast, Kollam was once the port of international spice trade. The renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala, covers thirty per cent of this historic town. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala. The district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temple built in the traditional ornate architectural style.
GETTING THERE & AWAY
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram (71 km)
Kollam is an important railhead of the Southern Railways. (Railway enquiry Ph: 131)
An excellent road network links Kollam to all major towns and , cities in Kerala.
The ferry station is adjacent to the central bus station (3 km from the railway station).
Public utility services
KSRTC, Central Bus Stn. Ph: 752008·
Railway (enquiry) Ph: 131
Head Post Office, Chinnakkada Ph: 746607
Speed Post Counter, Chinnakkada Ph: 742355
Telegraph Office, Chinnakkada Ph: 740817
Rail Mail Service, Railway
Stn, Kollam Ph: 742049
Cantonment Post Office, Near Railway Stn. Ph: 748995