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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Asramam Adventure Park in Kollam city

Asramam Adventure Park is an urban park in the core Kollam city of Kerala state. It was opened after 1980, on 48 acres (19 ha) of city-owned land. Located beside the Kerala's pride, backwaters of Ashtamudi, this place popularly known as Asramam Picnic Village.

Adventure Park is the main centre of recreational activities in Kollam city. The Kollam District Tourism Promotion Council conducts regular backwater cruises in houseboats, luxury boats and speedboats from the Boat Club. The mangroves near this park is very famous in all over India. So many endagering species of trees are surviving here in the park. There are so many attractions in and around Asramam Adventure Park. 10 splendid artistic sculptors are the major eye-catching attraction in the park.

1. Asramam Park 2. 10 out of 10 for adventure park

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Aerial view of Kollam Metropolitan Area from the top of Tangasseri Lighthouse
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Kollam Metropolitan Area is the 7th largest Metropolitan Area in Kerala.


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Paravur G.Devarajan

Paravoor Govindan Devarajan, popularly known as G. Devarajan or Devarajan master, was a Malayalam music composer. He is considered as one of the best music composers for Malayalam movies. His teaming up with Vayalar Rama Varma (lyricist) has produced the best songs in Malayalam movies. He has scored music for more than three hundred Malayalam films, many dramas, twenty Tamil and four Kannada movies. Many of his compositions remain ever green classics in Malayalam. Besides, his music in the Tamil film Annai Velankanni has received many accolades. Devarajan received Kerala Government's Best Music Director award five times, among other honours.

The first movie for which he composed music was Kaalam Maarunnu (1955). He teamed up with poet-lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma in Chathurangam in 1959. His third movie – and the second with Vayalar – Bharya (1962) became a huge hit and made them a popular combination. His captivating music earned him pride of place among those who had relentlessly strived to earn a dignified status for film songs. His combination with Vayalar produced the golden era of Malayalam film music. Devarajan is remembered by legendary singers in Malayalam like K. J. Yesudas and Jayachandran as their Godfather.

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Aerial view of Kollam in 2008

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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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