Transportation in Kollam


Transportation in Kollam includes an elaborate network of well maintained and paved roads, railway tracks including both broad gauge and meter gauge and navigable waterways. Kollam is also easily accessible by air via Thiruvananthapuram. The efficient transport system in Kerala makes it easy for the tourists to travel to various parts with ease.

Road transport in Kollam is well developed. National highways and other well maintained arterial roads interconnect different parts in Kollam and also connect the city with other major cities and towns. National highways 208, 47 and 220 interlink Kollam with other destinations inside and outside Kerala. The intracity public transport system in Kollam is dominated by Kerala State Transport Corporation. Private buses, ordinary buses, deluxe and passenger buses carry tourists to various tourist destinations inside the city and the outskirts. Yellow top taxis, private cars and auto rickshaws are an inseparable part of the road transport in Kollam.

Kollam Railway station is an important rail junction in Kerala. Situated within 1 kilometer of the city center, Chinnakada this railway station is one of the busiest. Kollam can be reached easily by rail from almost anywhere in India. Numerous express trains pass via Kollam railway station.

For travelers who wish to travel by air, Tiruvananthapuram is the nearest International airport located approximately 71 kilometers from Kollam city. As an international airport it receives all types of domestic and international flights. After reaching Thiruvananthapuram airport the tourists can either board a train or reach Kollam by buses or private taxis, which are readily available.

Water transport in Kollam is a viable means of commuting. The backwaters of Kerala are excellent navigable waterways. Luxury boats are operated by the Government. Small private ferries also carry people from Kollam port. It was a once a minor port of the district, which had been remodeled and reshaped as a major sea port.

Travelers can avail various modes of transportation in Kollam according to their convenience and comfort.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011