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Kollam
Altitude: Sea level
Area: 2,579 sq. km.
Population: 25,84118(2001 census)
Nearest railway station:  Kollam
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 72 km from Kollam town
ated 71 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry. One of the oldest ports on the Malabar coast, Kollam was once the port of international spice trade. Thirty per cent of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala. The district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style


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