The climate of Kollam is tropical humid with an oppressive summer and ample seasonal rainfall.
Best time to visit : October and March.
The Kollam Backwaters is an exceedingly beautiful tourism spot in the lap of the renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The beautiful lake stretches across 30 per cent of the entire Kollam, rendering a must-not-miss houseboat ride from Kollam to Alappuzha extremely delightful and to the satisfaction of the tourist, while gliding across the lake teeming with lotuses and water lilies and aquatic birds making sweet noises on the banks. The boat ride is the longest backwater tour offered by Kerala across all cruises.
Kollam district, the oldest ports on the Malabar Coast, is also famous for its marine and cashew industries. The port has a 144 feet tall Thangassery Light House built in 1902, which attracts a lot of tourist attention. The Mata Amithanandamayi Ashram at Vallikavu in Kollam is an International pilgrimage destination, known for its educational and medical institutes.
Besides being a major international trading point, the place is also a tourism attraction for its wide collection of temples, churches and mosques. Ananda Valleeswaram Temple, Pullichira Church established in 1700 AD, Mahatma Gandhi Beach, Park at Kochupilamoodu, Varkala Beach and Ashramam picnic village are other places of tourism value.
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