Top things to do in Kollam (Quilon)

Museum in Kollam (Quilon)

Krishnapuram Palace Museum

Two kilometres south of Kayamkulam (35km north of Kollam), this restored mid-18th-century palace is one of the finest remaining examples of royal Keralan architecture. Beneath its gabled red-tiled roofs, you'll find…
Multicuisine in Kollam (Quilon)


With high-backed chairs amid intricate copper-relief artwork depicting local history, the slightly formal Nani Hotel restaurant is one of Kollam's smartest dining choices. Meals, including Keralan favourites alongsi…
Cafe in Kollam (Quilon)

8 Point Art Cafe

On the fun side of Ashtamudi Lake, 1km north of the jetty, this creative cafe in a restored heritage building with a breezy verandah and a leafy garden is part local art gallery, part fashionable hang-out. Come for …
Cultural in Kollam (Quilon)

Kollam Pooram

A 10-day Kollam festival with nightly Kathakali performances and a procession of 30 to 40 ornamented elephants.
Sports in Kollam (Quilon)

President's Trophy Boat Race

The most prestigious boat regatta in the Kollam region, on Ashtamudi Lake.
Asian in Kollam (Quilon)

Wok & Grill

The combination of Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisines turns out some delectable dishes at modern, well-kept Wok & Grill, just west of central Kollam. Choose from kung pao chicken, massaman veg curry, ginger-garli…
Area in Kollam (Quilon)


Flanking the north end of the harbour, west of Kollam centre, Thangassery was once an important Portuguese, then Dutch and finally British trading post. You can still see the remains of the 1519 Portuguese-era Fort …
South Indian in Kollam (Quilon)

Hotel Guru Prasad

Tucked into a neatly repurposed red-and-white colonial-style building, in the heart of town, this busy all-veg spot draws the crowds with its cheap thalis, dosa (savoury crepe), vada (doughnut-shaped deep-fried lent…
Religious in Kollam (Quilon)

Bharni Utsavam

Held 6km northeast of Kayamkulam (35km north of Kollam) during the Malayalam month of Kumbham, this one-day festival is dedicated to the popular Keralan goddess Bhagavathy. It’s famous for its Kootiattam (traditiona…
Religious in Kollam (Quilon)

Kottamkulangara Chamaya Vilakku

An unusual festival event in Chavara, 20km north of Kollam, in which local men dress as women and carry lamps to the temple.