Kollam was the never-heard of Kerela town which I happened to be in for a friend's wedding. It was also a good chance for us to meet up old friends.
Kollam like any other Kerela town is rich in sea food smelling of coconut oil. The highlight of the trip was that it also had a jetty for house boat rides. For those who want to be away from Alaphuza, or Kumarkom, and beat the commercial rush there, can head to Kollam for their house boat ride. Let me tell you that the experience is no different, with the exception of the crowds there. Kollam also has boat rides in the back waters, and lovely resorts by the water.
We opted for the overnite house boat ride. They generally park for the night near a fishing village. Food is prepared onboard and can be customized to taste.
There are other places of interest near Kollam like the Elephant Training Center, waterfalls, beaches etc.