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Kollam


Kollam
കൊല്ലം
Quilon (Angilicised name)
कोल्लं (Sanskrit name)
Metropolitan City
From top: M.G park in Kollam Beach, Thangassery Light House, Clock tower in Chinnakada, Helipad in Asramam Maidanam, Kollam Port
Nickname(s): Prince of Arabian sea
Cashew Capital of the World[1]
Gateway to backwaters
Kollam is located in Kerala
Kollam
Coordinates: 8°53′N 76°36′E / 8.88°N 76.60°E / 8.88; 76.60Coordinates: 8°53′N 76°36′E / 8.88°N 76.60°E / 8.88; 76.60
Country  India
Region South India
State Kerala
District Kollam District
Former Name Quilon
Native Language Malayalam
Established 1096
Named for "कोल्लं(Kollam)" means pepper
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Body Kollam Municipal Corporation
 • MP N. Peethambara Kurup
 • Mayor Mrs. Prasanna Ernest
 • Deputy Mayor Adv. G.Lalu
 • Secretary Mrs. M. Sabina Poul
Area
 • Metropolitan City 58.18 km2 (22.46 sq mi)
Area rank 5
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Metropolitan City 349,033
 • Rank 4 (49th IN)
 • Density 5,936/km2 (15,370/sq mi)
 • Metro 1,110,005
Demonym Kollamite, Kollathukaaran
Languages
 • Official Malayalam(മലയാളം)
English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 691 0XX
Telephone code Kollam, Kottarakkara, Paravur: 91 (0)474, Punalur: 91 (0)475, Karunagappally: 91 (0)476
Vehicle registration Kollam, Paravur: KL-02, Karunagappally: KL-23, Kottarakkara: KL-24, Punalur: KL-25, Kunnathur: KL-61
Sex ratio 1112 /
Literacy 91.18%[3]
Website www.kollam.gov.in, www.kollamcorporation.gov.in

Kollam or Quilon, is an old sea port and town on the Laccadive Sea coast in Kerala, India on the Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam, once called Desinganadu, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was regarded by Ibn Battuta as one of the five ports which he had seen in the course of his travels during twenty-four years, in the 14th century.


Kollam General information


Kollam is a coastal city on the banks of the Ashtamudi lake that took on the title God's Own Country without much demur. The braids of Ashtamudi Lake lie about 71 kilometres (44 mi) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. The city hosts the administrative offices of Kollam district and is a prominent city of trade for the state.


Kollam History


An ancient trading town – trading with Romans, Chinese, Arabs and other Orientals – with historical citations of trade dating back to Biblical history to Red Sea ports of the Arabian Sea and the reign of Solomon (supported with a find of ancient Roman coins). Internal trade occurred through the Punalur Pass connecting the ancient town to Tamil Nadu. The overland trade by bullock cart of its produce pepper and the trade over the waterways connecting Allepey and Cochin ensured trade linakges that grew into shaping it as a town playing host to one of the earliest industrial townships. The rail links established to Tamil Nadu supported firmer trade links. The marine exports processing factories and the processing and packaging of cashewnuts took the produce of these shores across the globe.[4]


Kollam Major characteristics


Kollam is the fourth-largest city after Kottarakkara are major towns within a distance of 25 km from Kollam city centre towards north, south, and east respectively.

Kollam appeared as Palombe in Mandeville's Travels, where he claimed it contained a Fountain of Youth.[5][6] During the later stages of the rule of the Chera monarchy in Kerala, Kollam emerged as the focal point of trade and politics. Kollam continues to be a major business and commercial centre in the central Travancore region of Kerala.


Kollam Toponymy


The Malayalam calendar, or Kollavarsham, was created in Kollam at meetings held in the city in 825 CE.[7] The present Malayalam calendar is said to have begun with the founding of the town. Having been rebuilt after it was razed down, apparently by a fire. The name Kollam is believed to have been derived from the Sanskrit word Kollam, meaning pepper.


Kollam History


Kollam was a flourishing port of the Chera Dynasty until the formation of the Venad kingdom, when it became the capital of the independent Venad kingdom. Before that, Kollam was considered one of the four early entrepots in the global sea trade around the 13th century, along with Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt, the Chinese city of Quanzhou, and Malacca in the Malaysian archipelago[8]


Kollam Chera rule

Kollam shares fame with Pattanam (Muziris) as an ancient seaport on the Malabar Coast of India from the early centuries before the Christian era.

Kollam had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and Ancient Rome. Pliny the Elder (23–79 AD) mentions Greek ships anchored at Muziris and Nelcynda. There was also a land route over the Western Ghats. Spices, pearls, diamonds, and silk were exported to Egypt and Rome from these ports. Pearls and diamonds came to Chera Kingdom from Ceylon and the southeastern coast of India, then known as the Pandyan Kingdom.

Kollam in 1500s
Capture of Kollam in 1661
Kollam in 1800s

Cosmas Indicopleustes, a Greek Nestorian sailor,[9] in his book the Christian Topography[10] who visited the Malabar coast in 550 AD, mentions an enclave of Christian believers in Male (Chera Kingdom). He wrote, "In the island of Tabropane (Ceylon), there is a church of Christians, and clerics and faithful. Likewise at Male, where the pepper grows and in the farming community of Kalliana (Kalliankal at Nillackal) there is also a bishop concecrated in Persia in accordance with the Nicea sunnahadose of 325 AD."[11] The Nestorian Patriarch Jesujabus, who died in 660 CE, mentions Kollam in his letter to Simon, Metropolitan of Persia.

In 825 AD, the Nestorian monks Mar Sabor (Abo) and Mar Proth arrived in Kollam on the invitation of the ruler of the Venad-a feudatory under the Chera kingdom.[12] The two monks received a Royal sanction called "Tarsish-a-palli" near "Korukenikollam" from Chera ruler Rajashekara varman Ayyanadikal Thiruvadikal, as described on the Tharisapalli plates. Special privileges were given to the Christian nobles in the Tarisapalli sasanam. The two monks were instrumental in founding Christian churches with Syrian liturgy as Reference in the Malabar coast area distinct from ancient Vedic Shiv-ism propounded by Adi Shankara in the early 9th century AD among the Nampoothiri Vaishnavites & Nair Sub Castes as Malayalam was not accepted as a liturgical language till the early 18th century. Mar Abo lived his last years at Thevalakkara, and his remains were buried there in the Martha Mariam Orthodox Church.


Kollam Kollam Port

Kollam sea port was founded by Mar Abo with sanction from Udayamarthandavarma the Tamil king from Venad otherwise called Ay kingdom in 825 AD instead of re opening the inland sea port(kore-ke-ni kollam) near Backare (Thevalakara) also known as Nelcynda and Tyndis to the Romans and The Greeks and Thondi to the Taamils and is also the foundation of the new city. It is also believed that Mar Abo actually volunteered to the Chera king to create a new sea port town near at Kollam instead of his request for renewing the almost vanishing Tyndis or Nelcynda inland sea port( kore-ke-ni) at Kollam, lying idle without trade for a few centuries because of the Cheras being overrun by Pallavas in the 6th century AD ending the spice trade from Malabar coast. This allowed Mar Abo to stay for many decades in Chera kingdom and streamline Christian faith among the Nampoothiri Vaishnavites &Nair sub castes in the St. Thomas tradition with Syrian liturgy as Reference for the Doctrine of Trinity without replacing the Sanskrit and Vedic prayers.[13]

In January 2014, the port trust had discovered thousands of Chinese coins and stone age weapons from the Kollam Port, which is revealing the amazing historic background and trade culture of the port city.[14]


Kollam Capital of Venad (9th to 12th centuries)

Chinese fishing net at Kollam

The Malayalam Era began in 825 AD; it is named 'Kolla Varsham' after Kollam, because of the importance of Kollam in the 9th century. Ayyanadikal Thiruvadikal granted the Tharisapalli plates copper plate grants in 825 AD to Nestorian Monk Mar S(abo)r Iso whom he invited to Kollam, transferring to the Tarsish Church and the community in the St. Thomas tradition of Quilon.[15]

A merchant, Soleyman of Siraf of Persia, visited Malabar in the 9th century and found Quilon to be the only port in India used by the huge Chinese ships as their Transhipment hub for their goods on their way from China to the Persian Gulf. The rulers of Kollam (formerly called 'Desinganadu') had trade relations with China and exchanged embassies. According to the records of the Tang Dynasty (618 AD to 913 AD),[16] Quilon was their chief port of call before the 7th century AD. The Chinese trade decreased about 600 AD and was again revived in the 13th century.


Kollam Portuguese, Dutch and British conquests (16th to 18th centuries)

Kollam fort in 1756 after it had passed from Portuguese rule to the Dutch

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish a trading center in Tangasseri, Kollam in 1502, which became the centre of trade in pepper. In the wars with the Moors/Arabs that followed, the ancient church (Temple) of St Thomas Tradition at Thevalakara was destroyed. In 1517, the Portuguese built the St. Thomas Fort in Thangasseri, which was destroyed in the subsequent wars with the Dutch. In 1661, the Dutch took possession of the city. The remnants of the old Portuguese Fort later renovated by the Dutch can be found at Thangasseri. In the 18th century, Travancore conquered Kollam, followed by the British in 1795. Thangasseri remains today as an Anglo-Indian settlement, though few Anglo-Indians remain. The Infant Jesus Church in Thangasseri, an old Portuguese-built church, remains as a memento of the Portuguese rule of the area.[17][18]


Kollam Geography


Kollam city is bordered by the panchayaths of Neendakara and Thrikkadavoor to the north, Mayyanad to the south, Thrikkovilvattom and Kottamkara to the east and Laccadive Sea to the west. Ashtamudi lake is in the heart of the city. The city is about 63 km away from Pathanamthitta, 82 km from Alappuzha, 71 km from Thiruvananthapuram, 142 km from Kochi, 350 km from Kozhikode and 226 km from Thrissur.

Two major rivers in the district are Kallada and Ithikkara. Kallada River empties into Ashtamudi lake while Ithikkara River to Paravur Kayal. Jadayuppara, Palaruvi waterfalls are also important geographical attractions of the kollam district.


Kollam Climate


Climate data for Kollam
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(88)
31
(88)
32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(88)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30.2
(86.3)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
25
(77)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
24.1
(75.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 18
(0.71)
26
(1.02)
53
(2.09)
147
(5.79)
268
(10.55)
518
(20.39)
381
(15)
248
(9.76)
209
(8.23)
300
(11.81)
208
(8.19)
51
(2.01)
2,427
(95.55)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 1 2 4 8 11 21 19 16 12 12 8 3 117
Source: Weather2Travel

Kollam Demographics


As of 2011 India census,[2] Kollam city has a population of 349,033 and a population density of 5900 persons per square kilometre. The sex ratio (the number of females per 1000 males) is 1112(which is the highest in the state) during the census year of 2011. The district of Kollam ranks seventh with respect to the population in the state. District wise poulation in India-2011 census. The city of Kollam ranks fourth in terms of population in Kerala. Kollam has an average literacy rate of 93.77%,[19] higher than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 95.83%, and female literacy is 91.95% (district wise male female literacy rates in India-2011 census). In Kollam, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. Malayalam is the most spoken language. Tamil is well understood in the city.


Kollam Civic administration


British Residency in Kollam

Kollam City is a Municipal Corporation with elected Councillors from its 55 divisions. The Mayor elected from among the councillors generally represents the political party holding a majority. The Corporation Secretary heads the office of the Corporation. The present Mayor of Kollam Corporation[20] is Prasanna Earnest of the CPI(M). The police administration of the city falls under the City Police Commissioner from the IPS (Indian Police Service)cadre and he reports to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Thiruvananthapuram Range. The police administration comes under the State Home Department of the Government of Kerala. Kollam City is divided into three sub divisions namely Karunagappally, Kollam and Chathannoor, each come under an Assistant Commissioner of Police.


Kollam Urban structure

The growing population of Kollam have made it the 4th most populous city in the state. Kollam is placed 49th in the list of most populous urban agglomerations in India. The total Urban population of the entire district is 11,87,158.[21] Kollam is having the 2nd highest urban growth rate(154.59%) in the state.[21] The Metropolitan area of Kollam includes Adichanalloor, Adinad, Ayanivelikulangara, Chavara, Elampalloor, Eravipuram (Part), Kallelibhagom, Karunagappally, Kollam, Kottamkara, Kulasekharapuram, Mayyanad, Meenad, Nedumpana, Neendakara, Oachira, Panayam, Panmana, Paravur, Perinad, Poothakkulam, Thazhuthala, Thodiyoor, Thrikkadavoor, Thrikkaruva, Thrikkovilvattom, and Vadakkumthala.[22]

The Kerala Government has decided to develop the City of Kollam as a "Port City of Kerala". They have decided to do a face lift of Maruthadi-Iravipuram area of the city as part of the "Kollam Port City" project. Sports, Fishing, Tourism and entertainment projects will be implemented in this region as part of the project[23]


Kollam Economy


The city life of Kollam has changed a lot in the previous decade. 5 star, 4 star and 3 star hotels, Multi-storied shopping malls, branded jewelleries, textile showrooms and car showrooms have started operations in the city and suburbs. Kollam was the third city in Kerala(after [24]

Two Central Government undertaking industries are there in the city, the Indian Rare Earths, Chavara and Parvathi Mills Ltd., Kollam. Kerala Ceramics Ltd. in Kundara, Kerala Electrical and Allied Engineering Company in Kundara, Kerala Premo Pipe factory in Chavara, Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited in Chavara and United Electrical Industries in Kollam are Kerala Government owned companies. Other major industries in private/cooperative sector are Aluminium Industries Ltd. in Kundara, Thomas Stephen & Co. in Kollam, Floorco in Paravur, Cooperative Spinning Mill in Chathannoor.[25] The beach sands of the district have concentrations of heavy minerals like Ilmenite, Rutile, Monosite and Zircon which offer scope of exploitation for industrial purpose.

Besides large deposits of China clay in Kundara, Mulavana and Chathannoor, there are also lime shell deposits in Ashtamudi lake, Bauxite deposits in Adichanallur.[26]


Kollam Places of interest and historical significance


Thangassery Light House

The city of Kollam edges with the famous Ashtamudi lake. Many a foreign traveller has visited Kollam in the early midieval period. It was one of the early centres of Christian activity in Kerala. It is said that the present town of Kollam was built by the Syrian merchant; Sapir Iso, in the 9th century. The popularity of Kollam has been established by the time honoured proverb once you see Kollam, you will not need your home any more. Kollam is an important commercial, industrial and trading centre. It is also the headquarters of the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation.

St.Sebastians Church, Neendakara

The 144 ft. Thangassery Light house, built in 1902, is a centre of attraction. The Ananda Valleeswaram Temple here, attracts people on almost all days. The Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering, the first of its kind in the private sector in the state, is at Kilikolloor, about 7 kilometers east of the Kollam city. Mahatma Gandhi Park & Beach at Kochupilamoodu, Thirumullavaram beach and Ashramam picnic village, are some of the important spots of local sight seeing. Mahatma Gandhi beach lies just 2 Kilometers away from the city center. It is a fascinating place for an evening. Thirumullavaram beach is 5 Kilometers away from the city. The sea here is ideal for swimming and bathing. Ashramam picnic village is located in the 48 acre Guest House Complex. This is the centre of various tourism development activities of the district. The Government Guest House here, is 200 years old. It stands along Ashtamudi lake and is a major attraction for its elegance and architectural beauty. Tourists can stay here at economical rates.[27]

The British Residency, situated in the city, is “one of the most beautiful buildings in the country”, as architect Pandala describes the massive building built in tile-fitted sloping roofs. Another building built by the British, the two-storeyed, twin-tower structure in laterite stone, is called the Thevally Palace, which was once the home of the Travancore royals, who are better remembered today for amassing a mindboggling treasure in the secret vaults of the Sri Padmanabha Swami temple in Thiruvananthapuram.[28]

The children`s Traffic & Entertainment Park, designed by NATPAC, is also located here. It is the largest traffic park in Kerala. The Adventure Park, located in the village along the shores of the Ashtamudi backwaters, is a novel experiment in the country. Different types of boats, including luxury cruise boats, powerboats and motorboats, are available on hire from the boat jetty near to the Adventure Park.

Neendakara, 9 Kilometers away from the city, is the headquarters of the "IndoNorweigian Fisheries Community Project", which was established in 1953. The important institutions under this project are the boat building yard at Sakthikulangara, the Fisherman`s Training Institute, the ice factory and the refrigeration plant. Improvements have been made to Neendakara Port, which has been thrown open to traffic. Thangassery is a place of historical importance situated 5 Km away from the Kollam city. The Churches here are pretty old, having been established in the 18th century. The chief attraction of the place is the light house, built in 1902. The 144 ft.light house stands as a sentinal, warning seamen of the treachrous reefs of Thangassery. The construction of a fishing harbour is in progress. Thangassery was an enclave of the Portuguese, Dutch and British in succession. The remnants of the Portuguese and Dutch forts still exist in here.[29]


Kollam Transport



Kollam Air

City corporation of Kollam is served by Trivandrum International Airport, which is about 56 kilometers away from the city. Trivandrum International Airport is the first international airport in a non-metro city in India[30] and the only airport in Kerala having more than 2 Terminals. Daily domestic flight services are available to major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi. International flight services connecting to Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat, Male, Doha, Singapore and Colombo are available from here.

The British Government once decided to build an airport in Asramam Maidanam situated in the city. The first flight to Kerala landed in Kollam. The first Amphibian Aircraft[Seaplane] of Kerala also landed in Kollam.


Kollam Rail

Kollam Junction Railway Station is the second largest railway station in Kerala in terms of area after Shornur Junction with a total of 6 platforms. Kollam also boasts the longest railway platform in Kerala(second longest in India): which is more than 1 km long.Though the total length of Kollam Junction's PF-3&4 combined is around 1180 meters which is more than the length of the existing longest platform in the world (Kharagpur – 1072.5 meters), but the PF-3 side length is about 900 m while the PF-4 side length is about 880 m. In a single stretch the total length is 1180 m.[31]

Goods transferring in Kollam Railway Station
View of backwaters near Kollam in Kerala

The metre gauge track from Kollam to Punalur was converted to broad gauge under project Unigauge and was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Railways, E. Ahmed, on 12 May 2010. The ThiruvananthapuramErnakulam (via Kottayam and Alappuzha) line passes through Kollam. Kollam has completely electrified railway tracks. Two railway lines passing through Kottarakkara (Chengannur -KottarakkaraThiruvananthapuram) and Punalur (Erumeli – PunalurThiruvananthapuram) have been proposed and are awaiting survey.[citation needed]

Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) services have started from Kollam to Ernakulam via: Alappuzha and Kottayam from the 2nd week of January 2012.[32][33] By 1 December 2012, MEMU service between Kollam and Nagercoil became a reality and later extended up to Kanyakumari. A MEMU maintenance shed along with an upcoming Service building will change the face of Kollam Junction Railway Station.

Other major railway stations in the district are:

A view of the Kollam backwaters
  • Punalur Railway Station
  • Paravur Railway Station
  • Karunagappally Railway Station
  • Kottarakkara Railway Station
  • Kundara Railway Station
  • Sasthamkotta Railway Station
  • Mayyanad Railway Station
  • Thenmala Railway Station
  • Edamon Railway Station
  • Munrothuruthu Railway Station

There is a long standing demand for the Kollam Town Railway Station in the Kollam-Perinad stretch and "S.N College Railway Station" in the Kollam-Iravipuram stretch.


Kollam Road

The city of Kollam is connected to almost all the cities & major towns in the state like autorickshaws, also called autos.

The construction of Railway over bridge in the SP office junction is in final stage. To reduce the traffic congestion in the city, Government is planning an underpass in Chinnakkada Junction. Also have plans to start bus bays near to Kollam Port and Aandamukkam. A city flyover starting from the SMP Palace junction to KSRTC bus stand is also under the planning stage.[34]


Kollam Water

The State Water Transport Department operates boat services to West Kallada, Munroe Island and Alappuzha. Double decker luxury boats run between Kollam and Allepey daily. Luxury boats, operated by Government and private owners, operate from the main boat jetty during the tourist season. The West coast canal system, which starts from Thiruvananthapuram in the south and ends at Hosdurg in the north, passes through Paravur, the city of Kollam and Karunagappally taluk. The Thiruvananthapuram-Shornur canal, which forms a part of the Thiruvananthapuram-Hosdurg system, runs a distance of about 62 km. The other canal systems include the Paravur Kayal, Kollam canal and Chavara canal.

Port

The Kollam Port (Thankasseri Port) is the second largest port in Kerala after Cochin Port Trust, as of 2010. The port is having a cement terminal, cargo handling facilities, and a customs clearance centre(under construction). The port is undergoing infrastructural development.[citation needed] The port is located near the city of Kollam. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy launched the Coastal Shipping Project (CSP) at the Kollam Port on 2013 November 9. Passenger ships will start operating from the Kollam Port by 2014.[35]

Neendakara and Shakthikulangara are twin fishing harbours in Kollam. Neendakara is one of the busiest fishing harbours in South Kerala. Some port operations are carried out through Neendakara as well.


Kollam Industries


Kollam, like other districts in the state, is moderately industrialised. Some of the major employers in the public sector are Indian Rare Earths Limited (IRE) at Chavara, Kerala Metals and Minerals Limited at Chavara, Kerala Primo pipe factory at Chavara (closed 3 decades ago); United Electrical Industries (popularly known as the Meter Company) and Parvathi Spinning at Kollam.


Kollam Cashew industry and board

Cashew processing and coir production are the two most important sources of employment in the private sector. The 80% of the total cashew processing and exporting of India is happening in Kollam. Cashew processing and sorting employs a large share of women workers who manually shell, peel and sort cashews into different categories by size. Kerala State Cashew Workers Apex Industrial Co- Operative Society Ltd.(CAPEX) is situated in Kadappakkada, Kollam. The Headquarters of Cashew Export Promotion Council of India(CEPCI) is at Mundakkal, Kollam.[36] The Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation Limited (KSCDC),[37] Kollam, a Government Company, has 30 cashew factories and employs 20,000 people amongst which 95% is women from poverty sector. It is expected that a Cashew Board[38] will be set up at Kollam by the Government of India for the development of Cashew field.


Kollam Education


So many reputed colleges,schools and learning centres are there in Kollam. The city and suburbs are contributing a lot for the education sector by providing the best and latest kind of knowledge to the scholars. The Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering, the first of its kind in the private sector in the state, is at Kilikolloor, about 7 kilometers east of the Kollam city, is a pride for the whole Kollamites. The Government of Kerala has selected Fatima Mata National College in the city to be granted academic autonomy, which is another prestigious institution in the city.[39] Sree Narayana College, Bishop Jerome Institute(Integrated campus running Architecture, Engineering and Management courses), Travancore Business Academy etc are the other important colleges in the city. Two law colleges are there in the city. One is under the control of SN college and the other one is from the N.S.S college management.

Institute of Fashion Technology, Kollam, Kerala is a fashion technology institute established in technical collaboration with National Institute of Fashion Technology & Ministry of Textiles, situated in Vellimon, Kollam. In addition to that, 2 IMK(Institute of Management, Kerala) Extension Centres are working in the city.[40]


Kollam Healthcare


Kollam has a fairly-well-developed network of medical facilities.[citation needed] At the Foot of the mountains outside Kollam also believed to a supposed place for the fountain of youth according to The Travels of Sir John Mandeville. The health care sector of Kollam has changed a lot in the past decade. Once there were no medical colleges in the district, but now having a total of 3 Medical Colleges. 2 is under consideration of the officials(One is a Kerala Government Medical College and the other one is Valiyath Institute of Medical Sciences, Karunagappally). The one and only ESI Medical College in Kerala is situated in the Kollam district.[41] Travancore Medicity Medical College in the city and Azeezia Medical College and Dental College in Meeyannoor are the two other medical colleges in the district.

The famous Samad In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) hospital has a branch in Kollam. A number of Christian Missionary Hospitals are there in the district like Bishop Benziger Hospital in the city and Holy Cross Hospital, Kottiyam. The Kollam district hospital and Victoria Hospital are playing a vital role in the healthcare sector of the city. The famous R.P Group owned Upasana Hospital, N.S Co-operative Hospital, KIMS Hospital, Ashtamudi Hospital etc are the other important hospitals in the city. Famous Meditrina Group is constructing their new hospital in the city. ESIC corporation is running a superspeciality hospital in Asramam, Kollam.


Kollam Notable events


Kollam Fest is a kind of Kollam's own annual festival, attracting a vast majority of Keralites and hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists to Kollam. The main venue of Kollam Fest is the historic and gigantic Ashramam Maidan. Kollam Fest is the signature event of Kollam. Kollam Fest aims to showcase Kollam's rich Culture & Heritage, Tourism potential and Investments for the new ventures. Kollam Pooram, part of the Ashramam Sree Krishnaswamy Temple Festival, is usually held on 15 April, and occasionally on 16 April. The pooram is held at the Ashramam maidan.

Paravur Puttingal Meenabharani Maholsavam is a Temple Festival usually held on the 2nd day of the 2nd month(Meenam) of Malayalam Calendar(March–April). This temple is very famous for the fireworks competition (Malsara Kambam) which is usually held on the final day of festival.

Chittumala Theerthatanam is an annual march held on Thiruvonam, to promote communal harmony; it started in 1968. It starts from Munroe Island 25 km from Kollam and ends at Chittumala.

Edakkidom Shivarathri Edakkidom Thettikkunil Sree Mahadevi Temple Festival, is one of the biggest cultural celebrations in Kollam.

Irupathiettam onam is a Temple Festival celebrated on the 28th day of Onam.

President's Trophy Boat Race[42] (PTBR) The PTBR is annual regatta held in Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam. The event was inaugurated by the then President Prathibha Patil in September 2011. The event has been rescheduled from 2012.


Kollam Sports


Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Kollam

Hockey is the most popular sport, followed by cricket and football. Kollam is home to a number of local cricket, hockey and football teams participating in district, state level and zone matches. A hockey stadium with most modern facilities and international hockey turf is under construction in the city at a cost of Rs.13 crore. The land for the construction of stadium is taken over from the Postal Department at Asramam, Kollam. The city has one more stadium named as Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Kollam. That one is a multipurpose stadium, hosted the sports events like Renji Trophy, Santhosh Trophy and National Games many times.[43] 2 grounds in the city namely Asramam Maidanam and Peeranki Maidanam are also used for sports events, practicing and warm-up matches.

Kerala First-Class Matches played on Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Kollam(Quilon)
Year Date Tournament Teams Played
1979 3 November Ranji Trophy 1979/80 Kerala vs Andhra
1988 10 December Ranji Trophy 1988/89 Kerala vs Goa
1988 17 December Ranji Trophy 1988/89 Kerala vs Karnataka

The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium is getting ready to host the 35th National Games of India. The construction works of the International Hockey stadium is in full pace for the same reason.


Kollam Places of worship



Kollam Temples

Mukathala Murari (SreeKrishna) Temple

There are a number of temples, ashrams and holy sites in the city, including Sree Subramanya Swami Kshethram Poojappura, in Keralapuram near Kundara.

Other temples in the city include Punthalathazham.

The important temples near to Kollam City are Kottarakkara Mahaganapathy temple, Puttingal temple at Paravur,[45] Edavanadu Bhagavathi Temple, Pallimon Mahadeva Kshetram (Temple), Thrikkadavoor Mahadeva Temple, Pattazhy Devi Kshetram(temple), Unnikkicham Veedu Sree Krishna Swamy Temple,Ananthavalleeswaram Temple, Sree Dharma Shastha Temple at Nedumoncavu, Sree Veera Bhadraswamy Temple at Nedumoncavu, and Edakkidom Thettikkunil Sree Mahadevi Temple.


Kollam Churches

400-year-Infant Jesus Cathedral at Quilon-Tangasseri. In 2006 it was demolished and replaced by a new building.
New cathedral in Thangassery, Kollam

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon or Kollam is the first Catholic diocese in India in the state of Kerala. The diocese,which covers an area of 1,950 km². (753 square miles), and contains a population of 4,879,553 - 235,922 (4.8%) of which are Catholic,is claimed to be first erected on 9 August 1329.It was re-erected on 1 September 1886. 400 years old famous Infant Jesus Cathedral is the co-cathedral of Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon, which is situated in Thangassery.

List of Catholic bishops(

  • Jordanus Catalani (1329–1336)
  • Bernardino Baccinelli of St. Teresa, (pro-vicar Apostolic, 1845–1853)
  • Bernardino Pontanova of St. Agnes, (1853)
  • Maurice of St. Albert, (1854)
  • Charles Hyacinth Valerga, (1854–1864)
  • Ephrem-Edouard-Lucien-Théoponte Garrelon, (20 June 1868 – 3 June 1870)
  • Ferdinand Maria Ossi, (23 September 1883 – 16 August 1905)
  • Luis María (Alberic Ludwig) Benziger, (16 August 1905 – 23 July 1931)
  • Vincent Victor Dereere, (10 February 1936 – 1 July 1937)
  • Jerome M. Fernandez (25 September 1937 – 30 January 1978)
  • Joseph Gabriel Fernandez (30 January 1978 – 16 October 2001)
  • Stanley Roman (16 October 2001 - )

Kollam Mosques

There are a number of mosques in Kollam, including Kottukadu juma masjid chavara, Ochira juma masjid, Shaik masjid karunagapally Valiyapalli at Jonakappuram, Chinnakada juma Masjid, Juma-'Ath Palli at Kollurvila, Juma-'Ath Palli at Thattamala, Muslim Juma-'Ath Palli at Karuva, Kalamala Palli at Kalamala, Muthirapparambu Palli at Muthirapparambu and Siyavathummodu Palli at Kilikolloor-karalil thaykavu chavara-muhyudeen thykavu mukundapuram chavara-rifayin thykkavu chavara kottukadu

The 300-year-old Juma-'Ath Palli at Karuva houses the mortal remains of a Sufi saint-Syed Abdur Rahman Jifri in its premises.[46]

The Karbala Maidan and the adjacent Makani mosque serves as the Eid gah for the city's. Muthirapparambu Palli is the most important masjid in Kollam District. This masjid is situated in Vellaitambalam. The Maqbara of Muthirapparambu Uppa is famous in this masjid. Many people, Muslims and non-Muslims, are visiting this maqbara. Other important places are Asthamudi, Thirumullavaram, Mamootilkadavu and Thoppilkadavu, which are located near this masjid.


Kollam Notable people


Music Director Paravur G.Devarajan

Kollam See also



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