Thevally Palace, an exceptionally popular heritage building and a marvellous piece of architecture, is situated at a distance of approximately 25 Km from the Kollam town. A houseboat trip through the Ashtamudi Lake will take travellers to this mesmerising building, which was once the home of the Travancore King. Constructed during the period of 1811 to 1819 when Gauri Parvathi Bai was ruling this region, Thevally Palace was primarily used for conducting meetings with the British officials. This majestic architecture, which is an exceptional blend of British, Dutch & Portuguese styles, attests to the erstwhile glory of the princely reign. The structure of this palace is made up of lime plaster and laterite. The design of this palace is such that it is absolute delight for the viewer. The primary reason for the mesmerising beauty of this place is its close proximity to the lake. The palace premises features a temple, the presiding deity of Lord Sastha.
Ashtamudi Backwaters offer with an exceptional chance to view the beauty of nature at close quarters. This impeccable backwater stretch is formed by Ashtamudi Lake, the greatest & the biggest fresh water lake of the state. If you intend to enjoy the panorama of the surrounding area, which is formed by swirling coconut trees, vast expanse of palm groves and soothing breeze, then you should definitely go on a trip to Ashtamudi Backwaters. The Tourism Promotion Council of Kollam district offers a wide range of houseboat packages that include day trips and over night cruises. Travellers always have an option to choose a package depending on their budget & convenience. A trip to Ashtamudi backwaters is one of the best things to do in Kollam.
In addition to above mentioned attractions, you can also visit other destinations to make the most of your trip to Kollam. The key is to plan in advance and book a room in one of the resorts in Kollam.