Kollam, formerly known as Quilon, located on the edge of the well-known Ashtamudi Lake; in the olden times was a flourishing trading and commercial center. This 5th largest city of the south Indian state of Kerala in the present times is quite popular for its industries of coir manufacturing and cashew processing. So much for its economic importance! The place has also got natural beauty in abundance. Also known as Desinganadu in the ancient times, this place has been blessed with plains, mountains, rivers, sea, lakes, backwaters, streams, lush green fields and forests.
Celebrated by famed ancient explorers like Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta, Kollam is a serene and scenic town, which is quite popular in the form of a backwater destination. An old sea port and a chief commerce hub, this place saw the advent of Arab, Roman, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese and British trading ships, for its spices and cashew crops. Traditional villages, coconut grooves, backwaters, tourist attractions, backwaters, tree houses, monsoon, scenic locations, old streets and markets-there is so much to Kollam.