Friday, February 27, 2015

An Overview of Key Attractions of Kollam

Thevally Palace:

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:

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.

A Houseboat Trip to the Backwaters of Kollam:

Situated in the God’s Own Country, Kerala, Kollam is a calm & serene destination with an abundance of scenic views. Although this town has plenty of attractions, but the key centre of attraction are the houseboats. All those individuals who have visited Kollam boast about going on a trip houseboat trip in the backwaters of this region. The standout aspect of these houseboats is that they can only be found in the backwaters where tourists have an option of enjoying the cruise & staying at the boats overnight. 
Houseboats, also referred as ‘Kettuvallam’, were earlier the only means of transport from various isolated villages to nearby cities. Later, as the development bug hit this region, it gradually became a tourist hub for travellers from different parts of India & world. It is interesting to note that houseboats contribute a major portion of revenue from the tourism of Kerala. You can get a tour in these houseboats at Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, and Poovar. 
Depending upon the cost, the services of houseboats tend to change. For instance, a low cost houseboat might just have seating arrangement, but if you intend to enjoy the luxury of a high-end houseboat featuring seating arrangements, food, bed, and fan then you might have to shell a few extra bucks. Houseboats tend to vary in the form of amenities and shapes. Some houseboats are small and can bear not more 3-4 individuals, but some houseboats can even carry over 50 individuals at once. The homely designs of houseboats leave an everlasting impression upon visitors. 
If you planning for a longer stay in this region, then you would have to research for hotels & resorts in Kollam. This would help you avoid accommodation related hassles after reaching your desired destination. Most professional travellers prefer booking rooms in advance in order make their journey & trip memorable.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dive into the Never-ending Beauty of Kollam Lakes

Kollam, formerly known as Quilon, is widely popular for its enchanting and serene lakes. Another thing which draws visitors to this captivating city is its sea food. But, let’s keep our focus intact on the lakes of this beautiful city. Following are couple of Kollam Lakes that showcase the surrealistic splendour of this city:

Ashtamudi Lake:

Gentle breeze and pleasant climate can enhance your houseboat trip around the Ashtamudi Lake. It is a heavenly destination for non-sailors. The overall experience is so great that everyone should travel in a houseboat on this lake at least once in their lifetime. The Ashtamudi Lake got its name from eight channels that are its gateway to the backwaters. Located in Kollam district, Ashtamudi is immensely popular for its panoramic and magnificent views. If you love a calm and peaceful destination, then you should definitely visit this lake. The houseboat trip around this lake is one of the major Kollam attractions among tourists. 

Surrounded by hills on three sides except on the southern side, Sasthamkotta comes into the league of the largest freshwater lakes in Kerala. The ancient and historical Sastha Temple lends its name to the town, which has gradually turned into an important pilgrim destination for devotees from different parts of India. A major part of this part has now been reclaimed for agriculture.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

United-21 Island Paradise, Kollam wishes you a sparkling Christmas!

In India, the most noticeable aspect of Christmas Eve is the Midnight Mass, which gets the full attendance of Christians. People get the opportunity to bond with their entire family and enjoy a delicious feast of traditional delicacies, specially prepared for this occasion. Gifts are exchanged after having a good meal. The embellishments in churches are truly a visual delight, with all the floral arrangements and candles. 
Today, the Indian Christians use Mango, Banana or almost any tree that they can get in the absence of the traditional Xmas tree. As a way of expressing their love and gratitude towards Jesus Christ, they hang beautiful lanterns outside their homes. This makes the entire surroundings bright and colourful. People recreate the scenes of the Nativity by placing small figures of Jesus Christ and other characters near their homes at a beautifully decorated corner.

You may come across many star-shaped lanterns while walking through the streets of Kollam. This is one of those places where you can witness some grand Christmas festivities. You can book your stay at United-21Island Paradise,Kollam for enjoying a fun-filled Christmas vacation. We at United-21 Island Paradise invite you to share some beautiful moments with us this Christmas season. From all of us, wish you a sparkling Xmas and a Happy New Year in advance.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tourist attractions in Kollam that fascinate tourists

Located at a distance of about 71 kilometres from Kerala's capital city, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam is a beautiful city that enjoyed a great commercial reputation in the ancient times. Today, it has become one of the most sought-after tourist locations in Kerala. The resorts in Kollam provide comfortable accommodations for travellers coming from different parts of the globe to this fascinating city to enjoy their vacations. 

There are some truly fascinating places in and around Kollam that would be worth visiting for any tourist. Among them is Mayyanad, which is popular for its Hindu temples and shrines. Thenmala, located about 66 kilometres to the east of Kollam, can be visited for its winding pathways, and the adventure and culture zones. A secluded beach called Thirumullavaram is a favourite among leisure tourists and honeymooners. Backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake can be explored by the travellers on tastefully designed houseboats. The houseboat cruises also give them the chance to witness life in the surrounding villages.

Palaruvi waterfalls also get plenty of visitors every year, owing to their natural beauty and the excellent spots for picnic that the nearby woods provide. Sasthamkotta is another great place to visit for tourists, as it is home to a vast freshwater lake and the majestic Sastha temple.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kollam has brilliantly balanced traditions and modernity

Once known as 'Desinganadu', Kollam is a city located on the coastal region of the South Indian state, Kerala. It enjoyed a great reputation during the Phoenicians and Romans, as it was a major seaport during those times. Today, there are many hotels in Kollam city, as it has become an important travel destination over a period of time. As it borders the popular Ashtamudi Lake, plenty of tourists visit the region for its beautiful natural surroundings and enchanting backwaters.

There are many attractions in this part of the world, which would be of great interest for the travellers. Among them is Thangassery Light House, which was built in the year 1902. About five kilometres from the city is Thirumullavaram Beach, which is ideal for swimming. Located opposite Kollam Junction railway station is the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum, which is dedicated to the iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Kollam city is served by Trivandrum International Airport, which is of great convenience for air travellers in getting to the city. People who prefer trains can get to Kollam from the Kollam Junction railway station. The city is connected to all the major towns and cities by road, which benefits the road travellers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plan your marriage in the scenic Kollam city

Kollam, an old seaport, and a city that fascinated European traders in the ancient times, has now become one of the most sought-after tourist locations. It borders the enchanting Ashtamudi Lake, on which, the elegant houseboats can be seen cruising frequently. There are many places in the city that are worth exploring for tourists during their time spent in this part of the world.

Couples who are planning to get married can host their memorable day in the midst of Kollam's scenic natural surroundings. Such events require lots of preparations to be done well in advance. What matters most is the venue, at which, the guests would be given a great reception. The latest facilities available at United-21 Island Paradise, Kollam, are designed to make marriage ceremonies a grand affair. It has a Banquet Hall that can accommodate a significant amount of guests, and it comes with all the modern amenities.

Excellent hospitality of its staff ensures that the guests present on such occasions are served well. This resort also provides memorable stays for its guests in the form of elegantly designed rooms and villas. Excursions to all the popular places nearby can also be arranged for the guests, on demand.