Gateway to backwaters
Kollam is an old sea port town on the Arabian coast, standing on the Ashtamudi lake. In the ancient times, Kollam had a sustained commercial reputation around the world. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one of the five ports, which he had seen in the course of his travels during a period of 24 years, in the 14th century AD.
Kollam,the gateway to Keralas beautiful backwaters is blessed with unique representative features - sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of every variety, both food crop and cash crop.It’s aptly called God’s Own Capital.
The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala.
The district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.Among the towns in Kerala, Kollam is one town thats famous for its antiquity!During ancient times, Kollam was a renowned international trade centre ... for the port of Kollam was frequented by Phoenicians, Persians, Romans, Arabs and Chinese.Also, famous travellers like Marco Polo and Ibam Batuta have acclaimed the historical importance of Kollam as a commercial town!
Capital of Venad
The capital of a powerful kingdom called "Venad", Kollam came into prominence in the 9th century AD. As cited by some historians, the Malayalam era - called the Kollam era - was established by Marthanda Varma, the ruler of Kollam in 825 AD.
Kollam also has some notable importance in Indian history during the British Raj - it was the nerve centre of the rebellion organised by freedom fighter Veluthampi Dalava.Speaking of culture, it was in Kollam where Ramanattam - the dance form of Kathakali originated!
Today, Kollam is one of the major industrial and commercial centres of Kerala ... and also the hub of Keralas cashewnut industry.
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