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Sunday, April 13, 2008

India : Kerala : Kollam : Attractions & Excursions - 4

Guys, after your visit at Thiruvananthapuram, now we moved towards Kollam. Just take a look on this helpful information.

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Kollam :

Among the towns in Kerala, Kollam is one town that is famous for it antiquity. One of the oldest ports of the Malabar Coast, Kollam was once the center of the International spice trade. 30% of this town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi lake. The eight hour trip between Kollam and Alappzuha is the longest and most enhancing experience of Kerala's backwaters.

Thangasseri (5kms) :

This seaside village of historic importance has the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18th century. The village has a 3 kms long beach on which stands a 144 foot tall lighthouse.
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Thirumullavaram Beach (8 kms) :

This scheduled beach is a beautiful picnic center and has frequent bus connections to the town.

Image source : Thirumullavaram Beach

Mayyanad (10 kms) :

Mayyanad is noted for its shrines and temple. The most important of ht nine temples here is the Subramanya Temple at Umayanallor. The shrine is said to have been consecrated by the great Hindu philosopher Sree Sankaracharya.

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Ochira (34 kms) :

The unique feature of this famous pilgrim center is that there is no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma Temple dedicated to the Universal Consiousness. 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). They perform a martial dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords and shields, and splashing water in every direction.

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Sasthamkotta (29 kms) :

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 center.

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kulathupuzha (64 kms) :

Situated on a forest range on the Thiruvananthapuram Shenkottai road, Kaulthupuzha is known for the Sanstha Temple. The Vishnu Mohatsavam in April/May is the most important festival.

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Thenmala (66kms) :

This area is covered by dense forest, rubber and tea plantations. This is home to India's first planned eco-tourism project. Thenmala is also a damsite.

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