Quilon or Kollam is the fantastic destination for your Kerala backwater trip. After leaving Alleppey and its surrounding villages the Cruise on the backwaters enters into a lake that has 8 arms or channels, named as Astomudi. The city, Quilon is situated in one of the arms of the lake and the lake is under the Kollam district of Southern Kerala. Quilon is a city, where you can find sea beach in one side and the gateway of the famous Kerala Backwaters on another side. Quilon is actually the Dutch name of Kollam.
How to go to Quilon?
By Boat Trip:
We visited this place in our Kerala backwaters trip. We started from Alappuzha or Alleppey by hiring a Shikara for a day trip on the backwaters. After crossing, the villages of Alleppey , the boat entered into the Astamudi lake. It was a huge lake and water level was very high that time (Monsoon). Quilon is situated on the bank of the lake.
By Road Trip:
- Many busses are available for Kollam or Quilon from the main cities, like, Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode.
- Kollam is well connected with the major cities of the state and the station is Kollam Junction.
- Nearest Airports – Trivandrum (51 Km) and Kochi (129 Km)
How to explore?
The main attraction of Quilon is the Astamudi lake and the the backwaters. The journey from Quilon to Alleppey and Vice-versa is the most amazing backwater trip in Kerala. The backwaters and the life on the backwaters, houseboats and other water transports, islands, birds, all are the subject of enjoying backwaters. Above all, the awesome scenic beauty of backwater landscape in the combination of Blue sky, Lush green vegetation with Coconut trees and water body is unforgettable experience in life.
The boat cruise from this place to Munroe Islands is a wonderful experience. The popular cruises one can avail at this place are Kayal Pradakshina Cruise and Sayanthanam Sunset Cruise.
You can also find scenic wetlands in Quilon. This place is also famous for Rice. The Kollam rice is very popular in all over South India. You ‘ll find beautiful , lush green paddy field in Kollam.
Another part of the city is blessed with an amazing sea beach. There is a lighthouse of 144 Ft height on the sea beach of Quilon. This is the second height and most visited lighthouse of Kerala.
In our backwater trip, we came Kollam for lunch and we had a great lunch with the traditional Malayali-Thali. The time we spend to visit Kollam was a great time for us. If you want to visit Quilon, you can make a backwater trip from Alleppey to visit this place. Otherwise you can stay at Quilon and arrange the cruise trip in the surrounding Islands.
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