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Thanni Beach a must visit attraction in Kollam.

Thanni beach is located 10 Km from Kollam Town along the coastal strip near to Mayyanadu. Thanni beach is situated alongside the mayyanadu-paravoor backwaters and is an ideal holiday spot.You can reach the beach via the coastal road from Kollam Beach and also from Mayyanadu via Thanni bridge. Mayyanad is a village in Kollam district in the state of Kerala, India. Mayyanad is located in the south western suburbs of Kollam district, Kollam city about 10 kilometres south of the city centre and 6 kilometres north of Paravur Town. Thanni Beach a must visit attraction in Kollam according to Kerala Tourism Guide.

Thanni Beach is less crowded and mostly calm for those who love to spend some time alone watching the waves and it is sure to keep you in trance. One can spend time getting engaged in yoga, meditation, fishing, kite flying, football, volleyball, cycling etc. Sunsets are quite unique and refreshing to watch at Thanni Beach. The Beaches have many a breakwaters to reduce the intensity of the waves and it makes the coast more safe. It is also home to many a fisherman community and one can easily spot many a fishing boats in the horizon during sunset. It makes Thanni Beach a must visit attraction in Kollam. Paravur is a beautiful beach- backwaters destination, around 20 kms south of Kollam. With a thin stretch of narrow land dividing the sea and Pravur lake, the beach is ideal to sit and gaze at the natural beauty. The presence of strong currents make it unsuitable for swimming or other water activities.

The Coastal road from Kollam connects Thanni Beach , Paravoor Beach, Kappil Beach, Edava Beach and finally to Varkala Beach. The coastal zone is split among Kollam and Trivandrum Districts. It is one of the unique and unexplored beaches in Kollam and it makes Thanni Beach a must visit attraction in Kollam.

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tangasseri light house

Tangasseri Light House, Kollam

Tangasseri Light house, kollam is an icon of ancient Quilon and is situated 5 km away from Kollam town in the state of Kerala. Tangasseri or ‘Dutch Quilon’ as it was called, was once a British enclave. Meaning ‘gold village’ in local parlance, this was the hub of a flourishing trade that used gold as currency. This seaside village of historic importance shelters the ruins of an Old Portuguese fort and churches built during the 18th century. Tangasseri Lighthouse is an icon of ancient Kollam and is situated 5 km away from Kollam town in the state of Kerala.

Tangasseri Light house, kollam boasts of being the second tallest on the entire coast of Kerala and is thus even one of the most visited lighthouses in the state on this account.It is one of the two lighthouses in the Kollam Metropolitan Area and is presently under the surveillance of the Chennai Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships. The majestic tower is clearly visible and distinct, with its painted red and white oblique bands, and looks pretty indeed in all its glory and majesty. The tower has a total height of 41 metres, or 135 feet, and has been operational since the year 1902. The beacon can be seen up to 13 miles out at sea. Check out the lighthouse at Thangasseri, which is open to visitors from 1530 – 1730 hrs. Get to see the sun setting and the moon rising simultaneously at Thangasseri on the drive down the Lighthouse Road, which gives you a breathtaking view of the sea as well. Lift facility has been installed at the lighthouse to help everyone reach the top of the lighthouse with ease.

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St.thomas fort

St. Thomas Fort Tangasseri, Kollam

Saint Thomas Fort Tangasseri, Kollam  is also known as Tangasseri Fort, is a ruined fort located in the beach town of Tangasseri on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It is located around 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city centre of Kollam. It is situated right between the breakwater and Vaadi Fishing Harbour. 

Tangasseri was associated with the Chinese trade from the first millennium AD and later colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British to become the “gold village”. According to Historians, Captain Rodriguez came to Quilon and was appointed as the captain of the factory and trade, with permission from the queen. St.Thomas Fort (once known as Fortaleza da São Tomé) was built by the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque for the protection of the newly developed trade. In 1505 the Portuguese established a trading port here, and in 1518 established its sovereignty through the construction of St. Thomas Fort Tangasseri, Kollam Later in 1661 the town and the fort were handed over to the Dutch who made it the capital of Dutch Malabar. The Dutch occupied the fort for several years. In 1795, the British East India Company took possession of the fort. In 1823 Fort St. Thomas accepted a lease by Travancore from the British Government for a period of twenty years.

“Thangasseri” literally means “Gold village” in Malayalam language. The place was named as Thangasseri because this was the place where trade was done using gold as the currency. Thangasseri Fort was the favorite spot of the Dutch and the Portuguese. The Thangasseri Fort was constructed in the 16th century and right now only the ruins are left behind. The fort was about 20 feet tall. In olden times, Thangasseri was of strategic importance to the colonial powers that were constantly trying to establish their control of trade on the Malabar Coast. As per records, the Portuguese initially approached the Rani of Quilon in 1517 to construct a factory at Thangasseri for trade purposes, which was granted. However, it is believed that the locals subsequently burned down the factory. Although the Portuguese were given permission to rebuild the factory, they decided to build a fort instead. In 1519, the Thangassery Fort was constructed strategically on a promontory overlooking the choppy waters of the Arabian Sea. Thangasseri was sequentially under the Dutch who defeated the Portuguese in 1761 and then passed into British hands with the rout of the Dutch at Kochi in 1795.

The Portuguese Cemetery (after the invasion of Dutch, it became Dutch Cemetery) of Tangasseri in Kollam city, India, was constructed around 1519 as part of the Portuguese invasion of the city. Buckingham Canal, a small canal between Tangasseri Lighthouse and the cemetery, is situated very close to the Portuguese Cemetery. A group of pirates known as the Pirates of Tangasseri formerly lived at the Cemetery. The remnants of St. Thomas Fort and Portuguese Cemetery still exist at Tangasseri. 

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Tangasseri Breakwater – A Man made wonder

The historic Tangasseri village bearing the reminiscence of Dutch aBritish rule is set to become a breakwater tourism destination. The fishery harbour at Vaadi is a basin for traditional fishermen, achieved by the construction of two breakwaters originating from harbour engineering department. Tangasseri Breakwater, a man made wonder is located right next to the Light House and is one of the longest breakwaters in Kollam, Kerala.

The length of the main breakwater is 2100m and of the leeward breakwater 550 m. This provides sufficient beach length for landing facilities for all operational craft. The main entrance to the backwater begins from the Harbour Engineer Department Office Premises close to the light house. Entry is strictly with advance permission from the harbour engineering office. They do entertain tourists and general visitors who go for walking and cycling through the breakwater. The road through the breakwater is wide enough for a vehicle to drive through. However there is no permission for vehicles to enter the premises. It is quite an experience to walk or cycle through the Tangasseri Breakwater, a man made wonder while you enjoy a breath taking view of Arabian Sea, Light House, Kollam Port, Kollam Beach and The Quilon Beach Hotel. 

The area including the lighthouse at Tangasseri, a mascot of Kollam, will be developed into a tourism hotspot under the Rs 2.5-crore project. An amphitheatre will be the main attraction for tourists. The fund has been allotted by the tourism department based on the proposal put forward by the harbour engineering department. A tourist facilitation centre and the boating in the breakwaters will also be introduced as part of the project under the harbour engineering department. The project is said to be open to public by 2022. 

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vaadi one of the top fishing harbours in kerala

Vaadi, One of the top Fishing Harbours in Kerala

Vaadi is one of the top fishing harbours in Kollam, Kerala after Neendrakara Fishing Port. It’s home to a large settlement of fishermen community whose main livelihood is from the Arabian Sea.

Though the entire costal line of Kollam has Fishermen settlements, majority of them are settled near to the Vaadi & Thangasseri region and it makes Vaadi one of the top fishing destination in Kerala. One can easily reach Vaadi region as the port road connects Kollam beach and the Vaadi fishing harbour. Majority of the tourists and general public commutes to Thangasseri via the port road to have a glimpse of the harbour during the sunset. Sunset view of the harbour is mesmerising with golden shades of light over the blue ocean and many a fishing boats across the horizon of Arabian Sea. Many people prefer this port road for their routine walks and cycling just to experience the soothing breeze from the sea and the view of one of the top fishing harbours in Kerala.

VAADI FISHING HARBOUR

Hundreds of boats go fishing everyday from the community and the fishes are sold by bidding at the Fish Market in Vaadi. The Fish Market is located right at the coastline. It will be mostly crowded with bidders, sellers, brokers and general public. Ideal time to visit the market is around 1pm-2pm noon time to get the best bargain buys. One can also find the brokers of large fish export companies bidding at the market for bulk bargain buys. If you plan to buy fish from the market directly then always make sure not to fall for the tricks of the brokers at the market as they tempt you to bid for a higher value by false bidding. The brokers usually have their friends around to make false bidding to lure in the newcomers to bid for higher values.  Never forget to carry your shopping bags too as you can only buy in bulk or a as single big fish ( usually to the range of 8-20 Kgs ). All this contribute to making vaadi one of the top fishing harbours in Kerala.

If you requirement is less then you can buy daily catches at the outlet of Fisheries Department, Government of Kerala.  The outlet is located opposite to the main entrance of The Quilon Beach Hotel, Kollam. You can also try the yummy seafood dishes served at The Quilon Beach Hotel, as you know they get them fresh right from the Vaadi Market. Fishes available at Vaadi is one of the world’s best and know for its taste and is exported to many countries across the world. 

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Kollam Beach Blog

Kollam Beach – The Most Visited Beach in Kerala

Kollam Beach the most visited beach in Kerala is situated at the heart of Kollam City and very near to Kollam Sea Port, Bus Station and Railway Station. It is one of the longest and most preferred beaches in Kerala, India. Right at the beach you can also spot The Quilon Beach Hotel ( Previously called The Beach Orchid Hotel ) the first five star hotel in Kollam.

The Kollam Beach also houses the Mahatma Gandhi Park, which was inaugurated in 1961, and has been a significant tourist attraction ever since.  An aquarium is also getting ready right at the beach. The backwaters are also very close to the beach with a boat terminal for inland navigation. One can see the magnificent Vaadi Fishing Harbour, Kollam Sea Port, Tangasseri Breakwater and Tangasseri Light House right from the beach. Mesmerising view of the sunrise, the sunset, the ships and the fishing boats adds feast to your eyes. Weekends are mostly crowded at the beach with large number of tourists and visitors from around the country. Various activities are available for kids at the nearby kids play areas while all can enjoy kite flying at the beach.

Voted as the first ‘Beach Wedding Destination‘ in Kerala, the Kollam Beach requires no introduction. This scenic and breathtaking natural wonder is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Beach and boasts of pristine blue waters that seem to unite with the bright sky at an infinite distance, while tourists marvel at the sheer magnificence of the majestic scene. The Kollam Beach is brimming with a large number of local and international tourists all year round who can be seen enjoying the numerous activities that the beach offers, while also appreciating the enchanting panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. The cultural and spiritual aura of the beach is indeed contagious and fills the visitors with renewed energy and passions. 

Opening/Closing time : It is open 24X7

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The Rich Backwaters of Kollam

The coastal district of Kollam formerly known as Quilon lies 70 km from Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. The first thing that comes to the mind of a Keralite when he hears of Kollam is the delicious cashew nut. The orchards and their abundant yield of the costly nut have led to the title “Cashew Kings” dispersed among some of the rich. The place is rich in marine yield also. It is one of the oldest ports and trading centres in Kerala. It finds mention in history pointing to its trading connection to Phoenicians and Romans before the start of Christian era. Let us know have an insight into the rich backwaters of Kollam.

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Must try Food and Cuisines of Kollam

Food is not just of the tool of survival. Food is art and Cuisine the different forms. It is said that you can tell a lot of the history and culture of a land, from its cuisine. Bygone are the days when people ate because they were hungry. Now rather than to live, many live to eat. We live in an era where people travel just to check out the various cuisine in each land, and today I am here to talk about must try food and cuisines of Kollam.

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The History and Heritage of Kollam

Kollam or Quilon, formerly known as Desinganadu, is an ancient seaport city on the Laccadive Sea coast, nearby the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. One of the most important trade centres in India in the earliest of times, today Kollam is known for it’s tourist attractions which include it’s astonishing Ashtamudi backwaters, soothing beaches and enticing picnic spots. Let us have an insight into the rich History and Heritage of Kollam.

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