Kollam, a city in the Indian state of Kerala, is situated about 71 km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Also known as Quilon, Kollam is an old sea port town on the coast, surrounded by Alappuzha in north, Pathanamthitta in the northeast, Thiruvananthapuram in south, and Arabian Sea in the west. Being the fourth largest city in Kerala and a popular backwater destination makes it well connected to rest of the cities in and outside Kerala, via road, rail, and air. Although Kollam does not have an airport of its own, availability of local transportation from the nearby airport in Thiruvananthapuram creates no fuss in bringing you here. Also, it has the third largest railway station (area wise) in the state and is well-linked to national highways that connect it with the rest of the country. Read below to know more about the modes of transportation available in Kollam.
The nearest airport from Kollam is Trivandrum International Airport, situated about 71 km from the town of Kollam. It is one of the busiest airports in India in terms of international passenger traffic and is the second largest airport in Kerala in terms of domestic and international passenger traffic. Over 40 national and international flights, including Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Emirates operate on a daily basis, catering to the traveling needs of more than thousand passengers every day.
Kollam, being the third largest railway station in terms of area in Kerala, is an important railway head and is connected to several important cities of Kerala and India. It has a total of 8 platforms, with the tracks being well-connected to rest of the cities in and outside Kerala.
Kollam is easily accessible by road with many tourist centers in Kerala as well as India through the national highways NH-47, NH-220, and NH-208. Frequent interstate and inter-district bus services are provided from the Kerala State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC). Yellow top taxis, tourist taxis, and auto rickshaws can also be availed to travel from the airport, railway station, or anywhere in the city to reach the preferred destination.