Portal:Kollam

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കൊല്ലം പോര്‍ട്ടലിലേയ്ക്ക് സ്വാഗതം!

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Quilon, officially Kollam (Malayalam: കൊല്ലം, IPA: [koɭɭam]), is an old seaport and city on the Kerala coast of India. The city serves as administrative headquarters for Kollam district. It is one among the ancient civilizations in India.

The city is mentioned in historical citations dating back to Biblical times and the reign of King Solomon, connecting with Red Sea ports of the Arabian Sea (supported by the findings of ancient Roman coins from the seabeds of Kollam city). The teak wood used in building King Solomon’s throne was taken from Kollam. Kollam was one among the ancient settlements of the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Till the formation of Kerala state, Kollam was the business capital of the Travancore Kingdom. It is known as the "Cashew Capital of the World". Kollam is now one of the fastest growing cities in the country and is in fifth place among the Indian cities in terms of economic performance and per capita income.

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Chinnakada Clock Tower in Kollam

Chinnakada Clock Tower is the landmark and insignia of the city of Kollam. As the first clock tower in the erstwhile Travancore state, it has now become a non-official emblem of the entire city and the major landmark of Kollam. Chinnakkada is considered the heart of the Kollam and one of the major junctions in the city where National Highways – NH 66 (Earlier NH 47) meets NH 744 (Earlier NH 208). Because of the presence of a huge traffic circle in the junction, it became one of the busiest junctions in the state.

The quadrangular clock tower in Chinnakada was built in 1944 by the natives as a tribute to Unichakam Veedu K G Parameshwaran Pillai, the former chairman of Kollam Municipality from 1932–48. Construction of the tower began in 1941 and was completed three years later in brick and white cement. The tower has four clocks facing the four directions of the city, which were brought from Kolkata.

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A large Chinese fishing net at Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam city
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Kollam is one of the rare places in India were Chinese fishing nets are being used by traditional fishermen.


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Jayan

Krishnan Nair (25 July 1939 – 16 November 1980), better known by his stage name Jayan, was an Indian film actor, naval officer, stunt performer and cultural icon of the 1970s. He has starred in over 120 Malayalam films. During his film career, he was primarily an action star and was particularly famous for his macho image and unique style. He was reputed for his chauvinistic appeal, masculine persona and well known for performing stunts of dangerous nature on his own. By the late 1970s, he became the most popular lead actor and bankable star of Malayalam cinema and has been acclaimed as the first action hero of Malayalam cinema.

Jayan was a Master Chief Petty Officer in the Indian Navy, before he came to films and rose to fame as an actor in a very short time, appearing as an action hero in numerous films during the 1970s. He died at the age of 41, at the peak of his popularity, as a result of an accident while filming a dangerous stunt involving a flying helicopter that crashed while he was hanging on to it. He has since then become a legendary symbol of daredevilry and masculinity with numerous inspirations, imitations, his unfading popularity being widely used to promote new-age movies, actors and brands and an ever-growing fan-base spanning generations.

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Dredger ship 'Hansitha' washed ashore in Kollam city
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A dredger ship, Hansita, owned by Mumbai-based Megha Dredging Private Limited, had got stuck at Mundakkal Beach in Kollam after it lost moorings. The ship caught in a legal tangle, had been lying anchored 3 nautical miles off the Kollam coast since November 2013.

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