On the fun side of Ashtamudi Lake, this excellent cafe in a restored heritage building is part local art gallery, part trendy hang-out, with changing free exhibitions, good coffee, soups, pasta and a small library.
Two kilometres south of Kayamkulam (between Kollam and Alleppey), this restored palace is a fine example of grand Keralan architecture. Inside are paintings, antique furniture, sculptures and a renowned 3m-high mura…
The restaurant at the Nani Hotel has a slightly formal feel with high-backed chairs amid intricate copper-relief artwork depicting Kollam history. Meals, including Keralan dishes, tandoori and Chinese, are well prep…
The combination of Indian, Chinese, Thai, Arabic and Chettinad cuisines offers some tasty, meaty dishes at this modern, clean restaurant. Choose from kung pao chicken, green curry, ginger garlic prawns and shawarma …
Kollam's imposing 1902-built barber-pole lighthouse was fitted with an elevator in 2016, but you can still opt to walk the 195 spiralling steps for excellent views.
A 10-day festival with full-night Kathakali performances and a procession of 40 ornamented elephants.
Held on Ashtamudi Lake, this is the most prestigious boat regatta in the Kollam region.
This one-day festival is dedicated to the popular Keralan goddess Bhagavathy. It’s famous for its kootiattam (traditional Sanskrit drama) ritual and a spectacular procession of larger-than-life effigies.
Kollam's biggest shopping mall has a so-so food court on the top floor as well as cinemas, a supermarket and a variety of shops.
An unusual festival event in Chavara, 15km north of Kollam, where local men dress as women and carry lamps to the temple.