Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kollam: One of the popular tourist places of Kerala

Also called Desinganadu or Quilon, Kollam is a town in the Indian state, Kerala, visited by plenty of tourists every year. It takes pride in its rich cultural heritage, and a thriving cashew trading and processing industry. Various countries of the world were drawn to this town during ancient times, owing to its great treasures of spices. The name of this place is believed to have been derived from the Sanskrit word called 'Kollam', which literally translates as 'pepper'. There are many Kollam tourist attractions that travellers can visit during their vacation in the town. An excellent system of local transportation would be of great help for tourists in getting to these spots.

The Light House of Thangassery is one of those attractions that travellers never forget to visit. Achencoil has the famous Sastha Temple, which is surrounded by a dense forest. It is popular for two important events, such as, Mandala Pooja and Revathi. Located at a distance of about 26 kilometres from town area, Alumkadavu is also among the best places to visit in Kollam for tourists. They can enjoy vast stretches of scenic beauty on house boats and also benefit from the Ayurvedic treatments provided at certain places. Anchal, located 13 kilometres to the south of Punalur is well-known for Mudi festival held in its Bhagavathy Temple once in twelve years.

 Some exciting festivals are celebrated in this part of the world, including the Crafts Festival held annually during December-January. The 5-day Ashtami Rohini festival is held in Vadayattukotta Temple, which involves some grand festivities. Oachirakkali, a mock-sword fight is conducted every year during June-July to commemorate the battle fought between the Maharaja of Travancore and Rajah of Kayamkulam. Accommodation in any of the resorts in Kollam would enable tourists to be a part of these festivals and visit the popular places.