An enchanting tourist sea port, kollam has maintained its beauty and made a good reputation from ancient times. Phoenicians, Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans and Chinese come with this port. It is one of the oldest ports of the Malabar Coast that is located 71 Km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram. Kollam is a hub of the country's cashew trading and processing industry.
Some basic history
At the beginning of this chapter, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to set up a trading centre at Kollam, followed by the Dutch and the British. Tourists can find some historic reminders and a number of temples that were built in the traditional ornate architecture. Kollam is the opening point to the wonderful backwaters of Kerala. Thirty percent of this historic town is enclosed by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake.
The district also has some ancient historic remnants and lots of temples which are built in the traditional elaborate architectural style.