Kollam Round Backwater Routes
Kollam round houseboat crusing around Ashtamudi Lake is one of the main attractions of tourists visiting this virgin backwater destination. The travelers who interested to visit famous temples its cultural and traditional roots & are accustomed of the below sea level Kuttanad venture out to explore Kollam which is very different of Kumarakom & Alleppey. Also experience seekers who didn’t have time to sail upto Alleppey do choose this backwater route which clubs canal cruise on canoes.
The moment we sail our from Houseboats Marina our houseboat will cruise on Astamudi lake after crossing the Asharam jetty will slowly glide beside the mangroves watching migratory birds. Further head to The Asram Adventure Park which is found in the campus of the two-century-old guest house where Lord Munroe once resided. There is also a children's park in the Ashramam Picnic Village which is simply great for enthusiastic kids who bubble with energy. Accommodation facilities are reasonable and aplenty, run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation(KTDC). Then the next landmark is Thevalli Palace which is a popular heritage Palace situated at the banks of Ashtamudi lake, in Thevally, Kollam city. It is an important historic monument in the state of Kerala in India. Thevally Palace was built in between 1811 and 1819 the reign of Gowri Parvati Bayi. It is considered as a Hallmark of Kollam City.
Then leaving the St Casimir's Church in right head towards Raviz resorts and turns back to nation water way. Our voyage is on backwaters keeping North Kureepuzha in left & south Kureepuzha in right and next destination is Mamoottil Kadavu boat jetty where you may find folks waiting in jetty for arrival of the ferry. From there till kavanad the route is spiritualistic one with number of Temples, mosques & Churches on either side and at different times of day you may well hear the call to prayer, Christian hymns, and Hindu chants. Near Aravila bridge we may stop the houseboat for lunch to be served where the ongoing buses/bicycles envy you on your exotic set up to have lunch. After lunch when your body seeming to be losing out for nap we commence the cruise & head to Santhom Island & Our lady of Fathima island collectively called Kujuthuruthu.
The passing the Sambranikodi jetty we head to Ashtamudi and further to Vallakadavu and to Munroe islands for canoe cruise. Munroe island is a hidden pearl in the backwaters which is composed of a cluster of 8 islands. Each of them is separated by small water channels and lakes. This island shelters a quaint little village where you can enjoy a drink of fresh tender coconut water that leaves you feeling as if you have just imbibed nectar from the heavens. The local people living here lead a simple life that revolves around their source of livelihood, which is mainly fishing, toddy tapping and coconut and its products. Coir weaving and coir retting are an amazing treat to learn about as you roam the 13.37km island. You also get to watch a variety of birds that fly in with the changing seasons as you soak in the quiet atmosphere. Shutterbugs will have ample opportunity to click away to their hearts content, yet struggle with their cameras as it’s impossible to capture the full essence of island life on film. The people are very warm and loving and you wave away nostalgically to the children as the boatman weaves his oars and leaves the island before the impending dusk.
One reaching houseboat tea & snacks are served and witnessing the sunset will berth the houseboat near Adityaa Lake side resort. You can also get a chance to go out and walk along the riverside or villages and come back. In the evening Enjoy your Dinner and leave all world behind you and have a good sleep in your floating paradise. In morning you will be waked up the crisping voices of birds & fishermen’s oars falling on backwaters. Get up and enjoy the sunrise and breath pollution free air. Further cruise starts for an hour and head to Asramam jetty of Vallakadavu jetththrough the amazing routes mainly pass through calm & invigorating morning aura. On reaching jetty you will leave the houseboat with an everlasting beautiful memory of The Ashtamudi Lake with the most popular and longest backwater cruises in Kerala
By Air: Cochin International Airport is about 130 Kms away from Kollam & Trivandrum International airport only at 50 Kms apart.
By Rail: Kollam railway station is the nearest major railway stations, about 06 Km from the town. You can also reach Kollam by getting down at Iravipuram Railway Stations.
By Road: Kollam is well connected with all major cities in India by road. KSRTC runs direct bus services to all major destinations within and outside Kerala. You can visit the website KeralaRTC for KSRTC bus timings to & from Kollam. Private bus services are also abundant. Inter State bus services are available from Kollam to Ernakulam or Trivandrum to Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Chennai & Pondicherry.
Pilgrim Centres in and around Kollam
Veerabhadra swamy Temple
Shasthamcotta Sree Dharma Shastha temple
Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi Temple
Achankovil Sastha Temple
Kulathupuzha Sastha Temple
Holycross Church, Tangassery
Kolloorvila Juma Masjid
Best Time to Visit Kollam
High Season: November to March
Monsoon Rejuvenation Programs: June – August
Monsoon Cruises: July -September
Canoe cruises:- September to May