Kollam or Quilon is an old sea port town on the Arabian coast , stands on the Ashtamudi lake. It was previously known as Desinganadu and had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one of the five ports , which he had seen. The city is gifted with many 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.Kollam, one of the largest (area wise) district in Kerala is situated in its southern part, with only capital city Trivandrum to its south. It shares its northern border with Pathanamthitta and Alleppey District. It also has a vast coastal region to its west, Varkala Beach being the best.

When you have to make a choice it often turns out to be the most difficult thing one ever has to do, especially if there’s a lot to choose from. And the spectacular town of Kollam will do the same to you once you land here or even read about it. But it’s a problem you’ll love facing because there’s lots to see and marvel. This included the Thangassery Beach where the water sports facilities to boating, trekking, cycling, and a tree house stay in Thenmala; from a tranquil ride in the backwaters of Alumkadavu to the beautiful village of Mayyanad and much more. You name it and the city has it all and is sure to provide the visitors with lots of fun.

Kollam Weather and Best Time to Visit

The climate of Kollam is tropical resulting in hot and humid summers and plenty of seasonal rainfall. The Arabian Sea, located to the west of the city influences the weather of Kollam. It helps to moderate the disparities between the extreme summer and winter temperatures.
Summer months in Kollam last from March to May. The cool sea breeze from the Arabian Sea has casts a soothing effect over Kollam. The average rainfall in Kollam city varies between 1100 mm to 1500 mm per year.

Kollam experiences rainfall during the months of October and November from the north east monsoons. It gradually fades away by the end of November. South West monsoons descend over Kollam in the month of June and drags till September. The city is one of the ‘wet spots’ of Kerala.The best time to visit Kollam is between the months of November to March.

Mayyanad Beach

By- Adarsh Padmanabhan (Wiki)

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