Kulathupuzha:- (64 km from Kollam town):Situated on a forest range
on the Thiruvananthapuram - Shenkottai road, Kulathupuzha is known for the
Sastha temple. The Vishu Mahotsavam in April/May is the most important
festival. There are frequent buses from Kollam to Kulathupuzha.
(10 km south of Kollam town) Mayyanad is noted for its shrines and temples. The
most important of the nine temples here is the Subramanya Temple at
Umayanallor. The shrine is said to have been consecrated by the great Hindu
philosopher Sree Sankaracharya. There are frequent buses from Kollam to
(29 km from Kollam town):This vast fresh water lake surrounded by
hills on three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha
Temple which lends its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre. There
are frequent bus services from Kollam.
25 km. from Kollam Kottarakkara Ganapathi Temple The birth place of Kathakali.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganapathi (elephant face God). The temple is
also famous for Kottarakkara Unniappam. A rare sweet food. Kottarakkara
Kathakali Museum: Kottarakkara Thamburan Kathakali Museum, is the memorial of
Kottarakkara Thamburan (King) the father of the Kathakali. Exhibited various
models of Kathakali, Kathakali classes and ornaments, rare musical instruments,
sculptures, models of mohiniyattam and other classical dances, 108 natya
Kundara is the nearest town. Kundara is famous in history, for, it was
from here that Veluthampi Dalawa
issued the famous Kundara Vilambaram in 1809. Large deposits of China Clay
discovered here helped in the establishment of the Government Ceramics
concerns. The Aluminium Industries (ALIND), Kundara is one of the leading
Indian firms manufacturing aluminium cables. Kerala Electricals and Allied
Engineering Company are also located in Kundara.
(34 km north of Kollam town):The unique feature of this famous pilgrim
centre is that there is no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma temple
dedicated to the Universal Consciousness. Ochira Kali in mid June and the
twelve day Panthrandu Vilakku (twelve lamp festival) in November/December are
the two main annual festivals. Ochira Kali is a mock fight enacted between
groups of men dressed as warriors on the padanilam (battle field).
is a small village on the western coast of India in the state of Kerala. Washed
by the waters of the Arabian Sea, the place is almost equidistant from Alleppey
and Quilon, both of which connect the Kerala backwaters. The place is connected
by rail and road with other cities in the region as well as other parts of the
Kayamkulam got its name from the blending of two words: kayam (sap of a spice
tree) and kulam (a pond). Kayamkulam was a part of erstwhile Travancore state
for a long time and was a prominent center of art and architecture. Many
temples and palaces were built during that period. Kayamkulam is also famous
for its backwaters and the lake. The wide opening of the lake into the Arabian
Sea offers spectacular sunset view through the web of Chinese fishing nets to
the tourists cruising in the houseboats .