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Kollam

Altitude : 5m above sea level

Tourist Season : October to March

Clothing : Cotton Clothes

Temperature : Min. 20 c - Max. 35 c

Location: Latitude : 10 00' N Longitude : 76 25' E

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kollam

Kollam town, the headquarters of Kollam district and Kollam taluk, has a hoary past. It was an international emporium of trade and even now it is a prosperous commercial centre.

It is situated about 71 Kms. north of Thiruvavanathapuram and is linked by rail, road and backwater transport. Kollam is located in the South west coast of kerala. The historical importance about Kollam is that it is an old sea port of the Arabian sea coast. Kollam Kerala occupies an area of 2,491 sq. km.

According to the census of 2001, the total population of the district is 25,84,118 with the population density of 1037 people per square kilometer.

Kollam or Quilon is the fourth largest city in Kerala. The other three are Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. Cashew processing and coir manufacturing are the major activities in Kollam. Kollam city lies on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake.

It is the southern gateway to the Kerala Backwaters of Kerala and is a prominent tourist destination. The name Kollam is believed to have been derived from the Sanskrit word Kollam which means pepper.

Kollam was an ancient port and trading centre on the west coast. Chinese traveller Ibn Batuta visited Kollam in the 14th century. He recorded that Kollam was one of the five important ports he visited during his travel of twenty four years.

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