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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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RP Mall in Downtown area, Kollam. Kollam was the third city in Kerala to adopt the shopping mall culture.

The RP Mall is a shopping mall in the city of Kollam, Kerala, Owned by one of the business tycoons in India, Dr. B. Ravi Pillai's RP Group. RP Mall was formerly known as K-Mall (Kollam Mall) and was the first mall venture from Malabar Developers and first of its kind in South Kerala. Kollam was the third city in Kerala (after Kochi and Kozhikode) to adopt the shopping mall culture. The 2,10,000 sq.ft Mall is strategically located on Kollam's high street, on NH 47, solely catering to a catchment of over 2.6 million consumers.

The mall holds a 2 screen multiplex theatre run by Carnival Group at the top floor.and a 15 kitchens Food Court from Floret Group. The one and only bowling alley in the city of Kollam is located at RP Mall. So many famous brands like Reliance, Basics Life, Ray-Ban, Navigator etc. have shops in the mall. The mall is managed by famous Beyond the Squarefeet Group.

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A bustling evening view of Arabian Sea from Kollam Beach
Credit: Arunvrparavur

Kollam Beach is one of the crowd pulling beaches in India. The beach is very close to the city centre, only 2 kms away, on the side of Kollam-Paravur Coastal Road.

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Stanley Roman

Stanley Roman (born on 4th June 1941) became the 13th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon, India - The first Catholic diocese in India. He was nominated as the Bishop of Quilon on 29 October 2001, while he was serving as the Rector of Carmelgiri Seminary. Dr. Roman was consecrated on 16 December 2001.

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Twin cashew nuts, ready for harvest - a scene from Kollam metropolitan Area

  • ...that Quilon was the capital of Venad Kingdom since AD. 1729?
  • ...that Kollam is now in 5th place among the Indian cities with high per capita income?
  • ...that more than 35 billion (US$550 million) is Kollam's annual share to the country through cashew processing?



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Dredger ship 'Hansitha' washed ashore in Kollam city
Credit: Arunvrparavur

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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