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Kollam (IPA: [koɭɭəm]) or Quilon (Coulão), formerly Desinganadu, is an old seaport and city on the Laccadive Sea coast of the Indian state of Kerala. The city is on the banks Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam has had a strong commercial reputation since the days of the Phoenicians and Romans. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was mentioned by Ibn Battuta in the 14th century as one of the five Indian ports he had seen during the course of his twenty-four year travels. Desinganadu's rajas exchanged embassies with Chinese rulers while there was a flourishing Chinese settlement at Kollam. In the 9th Century, on his way to Canton, China, Persian merchant Sulaiman al-Tajir found Kollam to be the only port in India visited by huge Chinese junks. Marco Polo, the Venetian traveller, who was in Chinese service under Kublai Khan in 1275, visited Kollam and other towns on the west coast, in his capacity as a Chinese mandarin.

V. Nagam Aiya in his Travancore State Manual records that in 822 AD two East Syriac bishops Mar Sabor and Mar Proth, settled in Quilon with their followers. Two years later the Malabar Era began (824 AD) and Quilon became the premier city of the Malabar region ahead of Travancore and Cochin. Kollam Port was founded by Mar Sabor at Tangasseri in 825 as an alternative to reopening the inland sea port of Kore-ke-ni Kollam near Backare (Thevalakara), which was also known as Nelcynda and Tyndis to the Romans and Greeks and as Thondi to the Tamils.

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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 large Chinese fishing net at Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam city
Credit: Soman

Kollam is one of the rare places in India were Chinese fishing nets are being used by traditional fishermen.

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O. Madhavan

O. Madhavan (1922 – 19 August 2005) was an Indian theatre director and actor. He was one of the founding members of the Communist Party of India in Kerala. He is considered as one of the great masters of the theatre, he has made major contributions for the evolution of theatre in Kerala. He was the founder of the renowned drama company Kalidasa Kala Kendram. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor in 2000 for his role in the film Sayahnam. His wife, Vijayakumari, is an actress herself and his son Mukesh an actor. He also has two daughters, Sandhya Rajendran and Jayasree. Sandhya's Husband, E.A.Rajendran is also a film and television actor. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor in 2000 for his movie Sayahnam

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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$520 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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