Kollam (Quilon) Tips

Backwater village tour– tourist government board offers this tour; taken from boat jetty tourist office on small bus to backwater village (1 hour ride); from here you jump on a small canoe and explore the backwaters with a “guide”; 300 Rs per person; Nice introduction to the backwaters, leaves twice a day at 9:00 and 14:00.

Backwater ride to Allepy– about 8 hours, goes through the main, wide canals, so there’s not a ton of sightseeing, leaves at 10 am, 400 Rs.

If you have some extra time in town, there are some churches and a bazaar that are worth a look.

Hotel Sudarsan– very nice hotel with various rooms, non-ac rooms starting at 660 Rs for double with bath and tv, they also have a pretty good restaurant, on Parameswar Nagar, Tel- 2744322, www.hotelsudarsan.com

Train Kollam to Cochin, about 3 hours, 45Rs

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