The district has a cross-section of Kerala’s natural attributes; it is endowed with a long coastline, a major Arabian Sea seaport and an inland lake (Ashtamudi Lake). Kollam is the capital of Kerala’s cashew industry.
Sasthamcottah is an attractive village situated about 19kms from Kollam town. It is a beauty spot , a health resort and a centre of pilgrimage.
15 kms north of Krishnapuram Palace, and 32 km before Alappuzha, Mannarsala , on National Highway 47, is the site of the Nagaraja (serpent king) Temple, and the most significant site for snake worship in Kerala.
The town edges with the famous Ashtamudi lake. The Government Guest House here is 200 years old. It stands along Ashtamudi lake and is a major attraction for its elegance rates. Located amid the northern backwaters of Kollam, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard is near Karunagappally. The famous kettuvalloms or houseboats are crafted here. The beguiling Mahatma Gandhi Beach is located 2 km from the town of Kollam. Scenically located amid the backwaters of Ashramam, the village has an adventure park, boating club & children’s traffic park spanning across it sprawling campus.