One of the Kerala's leading trade hubs, Kollam is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry. Extolled by Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta in glowing terms, this famous port on the Malabar Coast was once part of the international spice trade.
One of the Kerala's leading trade hubs, Kollam is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry. Extolled by Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta in glowing terms, this famous port on the Malabar Coast was once part of the international spice trade. Thirty percent of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. Board a houseboat to enjoy the lush landscape of this land.
Ashtamudi means 'eight coned'(Ashta = 'eight'; mudi = 'coned') in the local language of Malayalam. This name is indicative of the lake's topography: a lake with multiple branches. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala.
Located 71 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, old name of Kollam was Quilon
Malabar region is an area of southern India lying between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. The name is thought to be derived from the Malayalam words mala (hill) and vaaram (range, region), westernised into bar. Malabar is also used by ecologists to refer to the tropical and subtropical moist broad-leaf forests of south-western India (present-day Kerala). Kozhikode/Calicut is considered as the capital as well as Gateway to Malabar.
Chaliyar is the fourth longest river in Kerala at 169 km in length. It is one of the rivers which don't dry up in the drought season. Many other rivers in Kerala get dried during drought-filled months of March and April. During late 19th century and early 20th century, the Chaliyar was extensively used as a waterway for carrying timber from the forest areas in and around Nilambur to the various mills in Kallai of Calicut city. Rafts made of logs were taken downstream during the monsoons to Kallayi, where these were sawn to size in the timber mills dotting the banks of the river.
Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name, the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.
The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city. The City of Thiruvananthapuram has interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Ponmudi hill station etc.
A new addition to the Raviz family, The Raviz Calicut is an iconic landmark in the heart of Calicut City. The 15 storey edifice is the epitome of understated luxury, tasteful excellence and culinary distinction. Located 28 kms from the international airport, and a stone's throw away from the railway station and bus depot, Raviz Calicut is ideally suited for the business traveler.
Be it the luxuriously appointed rooms or the refreshingly varied cuisine, ranging from the traditionally local to contemporary continental and exotically oriental. Take your pick from Keraleeyam, Raviz Cafe, The Pergola and GAO SHI - the Zircon Lounge Bar. Allow your taste buds a few days of ecstasy.
If it's just business that brings you to town, have your power conferences at The Majlis, The Empire or The Senate; depending on the numbers attending. But rest assured, the service will be exceptionally efficient, while being noticeably invisible.