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Native ameKollam (കൊല്ലം)
Other nameQuilon
MayorPrasanna Earnest
City Police CommissionerT.J.Jose IPS
Total Area22.5 sq mi (58.18 km2)
Altitude3 m
Total Population380091 (2001)
Density (pop.)5936/km2 (15374.2/sq mi)
Metro Population508656
Official languagesMalayalam, English
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode691 0XX
Telephone91 (0)474

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Kollam ( , Kollam), often anglicized as , is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. The city lies on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake on the Arabian sea coast and is situated about 71 km (44.1 mi) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. It is the headquarters of the Kollam district.

Kollam is the 5th largest city in Kerala, after Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Thrissur and is known for cashew processing and coir manufacturing. It is considered to be the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and is a prominent tourist destination. The Kollam urban area comprises of fast developing suburban towns such as Kottiyam in the south, Kundara in the east, and Chavara in the north of the city. Other important towns in the city suburbs are Paravur, Kannanalore and Anchalumoodu. Karunagapally, Chathanoor, and Kottarakkara are major towns within a distance of 25 km from Kollam city centre towards north, south, and east respectively.

Kollam appeared as Palombe in Mandeville's Travels, where he claimed it contained a Fountain of Youth. During the rule of the Chera monarchy in southern Kerala, Kollam emerged as the focal point of trade. Kollam continues to be a major business and commercial centre in the central Travancore region of Kerala.

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