Kollam Beach is located on the shores of Arabian Sea and is one of most scintillating and picturesque beaches of Kerala. An array of beach side activities attracts thousands of domestic and International tourists to this wonderful beach setting. Kollam Beach is also popularly known as ‘Mahatma Gandhi Beach’ and is also home to Chinese water pots, Chinese fishing nets and sampan-like boats. Holidaying in Kollam Beach is a pleasurable experience that also offers beautiful sightseeing opportunities. The mesmerising backwaters and enchanting beach makes it a perfect holiday destinations of India.
Location : State/District
Kollam Beach is a stunning beach destination located in the Kollam district in Kerala, in India. The latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of Kollam Beach are 8.8761⁰ N and 76.5893⁰ E.
Kollam Beach is an extremely popular beach destination of South India.
An ideal combination of entertaining beach activities and sightseeing options, Kollam Beach is a superb destination for holidaying with friends and families. The scenic setting of the place makes it a suitable holiday spot to unwind and relax. Kollam Beach is a seaside paradise for sea lovers and nature freaks.
Kollam Beach experiences a tropical climate all year round. Summer season lasts for three months from March to May. The weather is moderately hot with maximum temperature reaching up to 34⁰C. Cotton clothes are only required during this season. The month of June mark the onset on monsoons that is prolonged till early September. The place receives moderate rainfall during this time and owing to the rains all the beach activities and backwater cruising are suspended. Winters in Kollam Beach is pleasant and cold. The winter months from December to February are best for sightseeing and enjoying outdoor activities. The best time to visit Kollam Beach is from the months of October to April.
Kollam Beach can be visited any time of the year and there are no restrictions for Indian citizens. However foreign tourists must take prior visa permission from the government of India. Also when they travel they must carry their valid passports and other essential travel documents with them at all times.
Kollam Beach is a perfect spot for swimming in the sea and sunbathing. The waters here are calmer than other beaches and the tranquil environment is very refreshing. Tourists love taking long leisure walks at the beach side while basking in the cool sea breeze. Taking sunbath under the clear sky is very comforting. Children love making sand castles on the shore and the activity keeps them engaged for long hours.
Kollam is a fascinating gateway to the enchanting backwaters of Kerala. The eight hours ferry ride from Kollam to Alleppey takes you on a memorable and enjoyable backwater experience. If the journey seems too long, there are also shorter cruises on houseboats that take you to the idyllic villages of the region.
Places to Visit
At Kollam Beach, besides enjoying the immaculate beach, tourists can also set out to discover interesting places on the land. Some of the popular attractions around Kollam Beach are given below.
Thankassery is a wonderful seaside village that is located at a distance of 5 kms from the city of Kollam. The place is of great historic significance as it has beautiful remnants of the Portuguese and Dutch forts and churches. These treasures were constructed in the 18th century and most of the structures lie in ruins now. The highlight at Thankassery is the 45 meter high lighthouse that offers a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Ariankavu is a famous pilgrimage spot located at 70 kms from the city of Kollam. There is a shrine in honour of Lord Sastha that is held in high esteem by the locals. Tirukalyanam and Mandala Pooja are two main festivals celebrated in this temple during the month of December.
Paravoor is a thin skirt of land expanding between the sea and the backwaters that is located at 20 kms from Kollam beach. The renowned Varkala Beach is situated at just 15 kms from Paravoor.
Ashtamudi Lake is a popular picnic spot for the Kollam region. The boat cruise and house boat trips are the biggest attraction here. The cruise is a wonderful experience and the two most favourite cruises among the tourists are the Sayanthanam Sunset Cruise and Kayal Pradakshina Cruise.
Adventure Park is a favourite destination for children. The park has all forms of entertainment for children and the backwater cruises starting from here give a unique experience.
Food and Accommodation
Kollam Beach has one of the best eateries to give visitors a delightful eating experience. The sea food delicacies here are the speciality. You must definitely try the ‘Meen Pollichathu’ that is a fish delicacy seasoned with spices and cooked in banana leaf. The local shacks at the beach side serve gourmet sea food to visitors while they enjoy the sea side view. Some of the popular restaurants around Kollam Beach are Black Gold Restaurant, Marco Polo, Hotel Palmsland Restaurant, Spice 7 Restaurant and The Riverside.
Kollam Beach has accommodations in all budget range. Low cost staying options around Kollam Beach includes Hotel Shah International, Hotel Sea Pearl, Hotel Sea Palace, Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel, The Vijaya Palace and The Vaidya. The room tariffs in these hotels are priced below INR 2000 for a night. Some mid-range accommodations with room rent per night between INR 2500 to INR 3500 includes Aadithyaa Resorts Lakeside, Cambay Palm Lagoon, Hotel All Season, Hotel Nani, Homestay Near Thirumullavaram Beach Kollam and Hotel Raj Regency. Kollam Beach has some luxurious properties for tourists looking for an incredible staying experience. The names in this category are Fragrant Nature Resort, The Quillon Beach Hotel, Summer House Holiday Home, Whispering Waves Houseboats and WelcomHotel Raviz Ashtamudi Resort and Ayurveda Spa. These hotels have room tariffs starting from INR 7000 and reach up to INR 13000 for a night.
Safety and Security
There are lifeguards stationed at Kollam Beach at all times, hence the beach is a safe destination for tourists coming to enjoy the water activities.