Kollam well known for cashew processing and coir manufacturing is a coastal city on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam is considered as the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. The famous fresh water lake Sasthamcotta is located in Kollam. The boat trip between Kollam and Alapuzha is the most enchanting experience on the backwaters of kerala. Kollam district has many unique representative features -- sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of every variety both food crop and cash crop, so called 'The Gods Own Capital'.
The nearest airport to Kollam is the Trivandrum International Airport which is 71 km from Kollam.
Kollam is well connected by road through the national highways of NH-47, NH-220, and NH-208. There are frequent interstate buses which run in this route. Buses ply from all major cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai & Pondicherry.
Kollam has its own railway station which is well connected to the rest of the state & important cities in India. For travelers coming from the south the Chennai - Kollam, Kollam express is the most convenient option.