THENMALA


Thenmala is the meeting point of Kollam-Shencottah road and Trivandrum-Shencottah road, surrounded by dense forest, 66 kms east of Kollam. There are a large number of rubber and tea plantations in Thenmala. Timber of all varieties are exported from here to all parts of the country. Themala Dam site is open for tourists. Eco tourists center is situated at Thenmala. All buses passing through Kollam-Shencottah road stop at Thenmala.

Nearest railway station: Kollam Junction, about 66 km.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 80 km.

SASTHAMCOTTA


Sasthamcotta is an attractive village situated about 19 kms. from Kollam Town. It is a beauty spot, a health resort and a centre of pilgrimage. The extensive freshwater lake here, is said to be the biggest of its kind in Kerala. The Sasthamkotta lake the largest freshwater lake in Kerala is surrounded by hills on all sides except south where a bund has been constructed separating the lake from the neighbouring rice fields. A large part of the lake has been reclaimed for agriculture. The source of water is from the underground sprouts. The lake has a capacity to hold 22390 million litres of water and serves as the source of drinking water for half a million people of Kollam district.

Nearest railway station: Sasthamcotta, about 4 km.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 90 km.

ASHTAMUDI LAKE


Ashtamudi Lake: - So called because of its 8 arms or channels, Astamudi Lake is the gateway to the backwaters. The longest & most popular backwater cruise stretch in Kerala is from Kollam to Alappuzha, lasting about 8 hrs.

Nearest railway station: Kollam Junction, about 17 km.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 71 km.