Kollam was earlier known as Quilon. Kollam is the capital of cashew trading and processing industry of kerala. Plains, mountains, lakes, lagoons and Backwaters, forests, farm land and rivers constitutes the topography of the district. The area had mercantile relationship with Phoenicians and the Romans. About thirty percent of this district is covered by the Ashtamudi Lake. Thevalakara and Thekkumbagam panchyaths together had made the very ancient Korekini (sea pointed inland) Kollam port of Tarsish even in 1500 BC.
Area: 2491 Sq.Km , Population: 25,84,118, Literacy: 91.18 %
Taluks: Pathanapuram, Kunnathur, Kottarakkara, Karunagappally, Kollam.
Block Panchayaths: Anchal, Anchalumood, Chadayamangalam, Chavara, Chittumala, Ithikkara, Karunagappally, Kottarakkara, Mukhathala, Oachira, Pathanapuram, Sasthamcotta, Vettikkavala
Municipality: Paravur, Punalur
Parliament: Kollam, Mavelikkara, Alappuzha
Assembly: Karunagapally, Chavara, Kunnathur, Kottarakkara, Pathanapuram, Punalur, Chadayamangalam, Kundara, Kollam, Eravipuram, Chathannur
Kallada river, Ithikkara river, Sasthamcotta Lake, Ashtamudi lake
The Indian Rare Earths Chavara, Parvathi Mills Ltd., Kerala Ceramics Ltd., Kundara, Kerala Electrical and Allied Engineering Company, Kundara, Kerala Premo Pipe factory, Chavara, Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited, Chavara, United Electrical Industries-Kollam, Kerala Agro-Fruit Products Punalur
Palaruvi (waterfalls), Thenmala (forests and reservoir), the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Ashtamudi (backwaters) and Kollam beaches (Kollam city beach, Thirumullavaram beach, Thangassery beach)
Air: Tthiruvanathapuram air port 71 km
Rail: The main railway station is Kollam. Click on station name for railway time table.
NH47, Main Central Road, Kollam-Shencottah Road, Punalur-Pala-Muvattupuzha
Alappuzha 87, Guruvayur 258, Ernakulam 105, Kozhikode 372, Munnar 282, Sabarimala 177, Thekkady 219, Thiruvanathapuram 72, Kodaiakal 325 (via Ernakulam, Munnar), Ooty 404, Madurai 249, Kanyakumari 159