Kollam or Quilon, an old sea port town on the Arabian coast , stands on the Ashtamudi lake.Kollam district is located on the southwest coast of India, bordering Arabian Sea in the west. It covers 2,492 square kilometres (962 sq mi), is the seventh-largest district in Kerala and is densely populated. The nearest districts are alappuzha in the north,Pathanamthitta in the northeast and Thiruvananthapuram in the south

Sasthamcotta lake,largest freshwater lake in Kerala is located in kollam district. Other major rivers in kollam are kallada and ithikkara river.Ashtamudi Lake and Paravur Kayal are two important lakes in the district.Kollam is located on Ashtamudi Lake. Ashtamudi Lake covers 30 percent of total area of the district. Neendakara, a major fishing port in southern Kerala, is also located on this scenic lake .

Kollam 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 kollam is also called 'The Gods Own Capital'.

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