Kollam is an old port town which is situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is well known for its rich store of cashew nut, spice and the famous Ashtamudi Lake which is the second largest in Kerala. Kollam was once the capital of Venad.
Budget Hotels in Kollam
Nani hotels and resorts- (Tariff- from Rs 1500 onwards) merely 1.5 kms from bus stand.Hotel Sea Pearl (Tariff- Rs 1470) this is at a 15 minutes walking distance from Railway Station Hotel Raj residency- (Rs 1000 onwards) Walking distance from Kollam railway station
Events in Kollam
Kollam hosts a number of events throughout the year. Starting from the Kollam Pooram which is one of the most colourful ten days festivals in Kerala, it is followed by Parippalli Gajamela which is again 10 days annual festival of the Kodimoottil Sree Bhagavathi Temple; this is celebrated in the month of February and March. The procession is completed by decorated elephants and women in traditional attire holding lighted lamps.
The official language of Kollam is Malayalam.
Places to See in Kollam
Kollam is surrounded by a number of famous places often visited by tourists. The famous Ashtamudi backwater is well known for its picturesque beauty and is the second largest lake in Kerala. Other places to visit in Kollam includes Ashramam Picnic village, the Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Thangasseri which was once a Portuguese establishment, Kollam Beach & Thirumullavaram Beach, Munroe Island, Puthenkulam Elephant Village, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kollam is the Trivandrum Airport which has numerous direct flights to international cities like Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Qatar, Sharjah and many more. It is also connected with all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
The Kollam railway station is 1 Km from City centres and is well connected to all major South Indian cities.
There are frequent buses available to Kollam from Trivandrum, Cochin and Alleppey. Get the best bus ticket booking offer on Ticketgoose.com.
Known as the Steel City of South India, Salem is located at the base of the beautiful Yercaud hills. The place derived its name from the word Sailam meaning a place bound by mountains. Salem has captured a huge market for the manufacture of stainless steel and handlooms.
Place to Stay
There are several good budget hotels that are easy on your pocket. Some of good hotels are— Sri Durga Residency (Tariff –Rs 1,900), Park Plaza Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1000), Hotel Silver Palace (Tariff –Rs.1000 to 2000) and Hotel Hema Internationals (Tariff –Rs 500 to 1000).
Mariamman festival is celebrated during the month of july. This famous festival is celebrated for 15 days
Every festival in Salem is celebrated with vigor and enthusiasm.
Tamil is the main language spoken in the region.
Places to Visit
1008 Lingam Temple (10 kms from Salem), Poiman Karadu (9 km from Salem), Siddhar Temple (22 kms from Salem), Sugavaneshwarar Temple ( 1km from old bus stand)and Kurumpapatti Zoological Park (6km from Salem).
How to Get There
The airport is situated about 20kms away from the city. Salem Airport is positioned at Kaamalapuram. This airport which is constructed at the cost of 6 crore provides flight services for some districts of Tamil Nadu
Salem Junction railway station is located about 5 km from Salem. This is considered to be an important railway junction in the southern railway. Many direct trains halt and depart from Salem station.
Salem has two bus terminus called MGR central bus terminus and Town bus stand. MGR central bus terminus connects to all the states in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile the Town bus stand only serves for the local city. Bus operators that offer daily scheduled traveling services at lowest price include Hosanna Tours And Travels Pvt Ltd, S M S Travels and Tharai Travels and Parcels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.