or Quilon, an old sea port town on the Arabian coast , stands on
the Ashtamudi lake. Kollam, the erstwhile Desinganadu, had a sustained
commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans.
Fed by the Chinese trade, it was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one
of the five ports , which he had seen in the course of his travels
during a period of twenty four years, in the 14th century.
Kollam District which is a veritable Kerala in miniature is
gifted with unique representative features - sea, lakes, plains,
mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields
and tropical crop of every variety both food crop and cash crop,
so called 'The Gods Own Capital'.