71 Kms to the north of thiruvanathapuram , Kollam is another coastal
district of Kerala.The district which is the centre of the country's
cashew trading and processing industry also has some interesting
historic remnants and a number of temples built in traditional ornate
One of the oldest ports on the Malabar coast , kollam was once
the port of international spice trade . 30% of this historic town
is covered by renowned Ashtamudi lake, making it the gateway to
the magnificient backwaters of Kerala.
The eight hour trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is teh longest
backwater cruise in Kerala.
(23 Kms from Kollam town)
Alumkadavu is halfway on the route to Alappuzha from Kollam . The
quiet little backwater village in karunagapally town is famed for
its boat building yard. It is here that the gigantic kettuvalam(cargo
boats of rural Kerala) were built. Today the kettuvallams which
were long replaced by mordern means of transport have been converted