Kollam district is connected
by Roads, Railway, Waterways and Sea Ports.
The district is covered by 132 kms. Of railway line, of which 51
kms. are broad gauge and 81 kms., metre gauge.
There are 22 railway
stations of which 9 are on broad gauge line and 13, on the metre
gauge line. Kollam is an important railway junction.
The Trivandrum -
Ernakulam (via Kottayam and Alappuzha) line pas through Kollam.
Kollam is the terminal junction of Madras - Egmore - Kollam metre
Kollam has a total 1552.096 kms. Of
roads. The National Highway 47 covers a distance of 57.4 kms. in the
The State Highway namely, Main
Central Road, Kollam-Shencottah Road and Punalur-Pala-Muvattupuzha
(Main Eastern Highway) with a total length of 266.52 kms. also
networks the district.
The Water Transport
Department operates boat services to Muthiraparamb (West Kallada),
Guhanandapuram, Ayiramthengu, Munrothuruthu and Alappuzha. The
Alappuzha service opens a vast vista of tourist attraction. A full
day onboard journey through the backwaters provides an opportunity
to witness the natural life of the people around and the scenic
beauty of the place.
Luxury boats, both of
the Government and private parties, operate from the main boat jetty
during the season. The west coast canal system, which starts from
Thiruvananthapuram in the south and ends at Hosdurg in the north,
passes through Kollam and Karunagappally taluks.
Thiruvananthapruam-Shornur canal, which forms part of the above
system, runs a distance of about 62 kms. The other canal are Paravur
canal, Kollam canal and Chavara canal. The water transport
department of the state, transports over 70,000 passengers.
Neendakara and Kollam are the two ports in the
district, the former, an intermediary and the latter, a minor port.
Port operations are carried out through Neendakara.