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Quilon Things to Do

  • Mukkada Bazaar

    Mukkada Bazaar is a series of parallel streets with spice warehouses, metal merchants, rope makers... all busy loading and unloading their goods on brilliantly decorated trucks. It's a hive of activity and well worth exploring.

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  • Fruit & Vegetable Market

    This colourful market is just to the west of the Mukkada Bazaar and features shops with nicely organised and colourful fruit and veg displays plus trucks (and even auto-rickshaws) fully laden with bananas. Well worth a visit.

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  • St Peter & St Paul Cemetery

    You'll probably pass by this small cemetery with a small chapel when you get off/on the tour boat to go along the Backwaters as it's along the small road that leads to the lake.

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  • Shrine of Our Lady of Velamkanni

    This is an unusual shaped building with a small shrine in the middle that embraces a Hindu style of worship within a Christian setting. This is because it is dedicated to a patron saint from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

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  • Backwaters Tour - Goddess of Light

    As we neared Kollam, and so neared the end of our Backwaters Tour, we passed by this rather surprising and revealing statue of the Goddess of Light on Ashtamudi Lake. She's bearing quite a lot to the world!

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  • Backwaters Tour - Chinese fishing nets

    I had seen these Chinese fishing nets in Kochi and thought they were only to be found there, so it was a big surprise to see them along the river in the Backwaters. We went past a whole load of them, in a line either side of us, as we passed by some kind of power station (great place to put one, by the way!) and then there were more as we neared...

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  • Backwaters Tour

    I did my Backwaters Tour from Alappuzha (Alleppey) to Kollam and it was a fabulous day out. We left Alappuzha at about 10am and made our way south past lush vegetation of coconut trees and palm trees and people crossing the river on small ferries and coracles. Daily life all revolves around water as there's so much of it so you get to see people...

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  • Places to visit in an around Kollam are...

    Rameshwara TempleThis temple which shows Pandyan influence in its design has inscriptions in Tamil, dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries. The Vyala monster sculptures in this temple give one the impression that the creatures are animate and actually climbing up the stairs with their outstretched paws.Thirumullavaram beach(6 km north of Kollam...

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  • Backwaters - the Coconut cultural roll

    Kerala is the land of Coconuts, and they have central role in Hindu religious practices. They are offered to the gods, and, for example, smashed on the ground as part of launching building projects, facilities or ship.

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  • Backwaters

    Kerala's ancient, extra-ordinary geographical situation has remained unchanged for many centuries. It is a labyrinth of waterways and lagoons, surrounded by palm trees and friendly people who live there.

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  • Backwaters

    We watched peddlers in small canoes moving from canal to lake, to lagoon, to canal, vending their wares from house to house.

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  • Backwaters

    Our little boat whispers through calm waters, along shallow lakes with shorelines thickly wooded with coconut palms.

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Quilon Restaurants

  • National institution

    You'll see these places all over India and they're very popular and traditional with waiters in cummerbunds and bright blue decor. The food is OK but very cheap. I came here in the evening and had beef curry, rice, chapatti and drink for just Rs34. There's a place around the corner that does ice cream sundaes, if you want dessert! I came back here...

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  • Served on a banana leaf

    We stopped for lunch, on our Backwaters Tour, at a very simple looking place where we were served veg curry, rice, samosa and fish on a banana leaf. There was an palm oil factory nearby which we had a quick look around before we set off again.

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Quilon Local Customs

  • Backwaters Tour - Fishermen

    We went past this group of fishermen on a boat who waved at us as we passed by. The Backwaters is big business for fishermen and you'll get to see a lot of them and fishing boats as part of your tour.

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  • Backwaters Tour - Coracles

    Coracles are flat basketlike craft used to ferry people & sheep (yes sheep!) and are about 6 feet in diameter. They are made of bamboo, cane, plastic sheets and a fine coating of bitumen to make it leak proof. They're used, here, for fishing as well as to get from one side of the river to the other. I had seen them being used in Hampi so it was...

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Quilon Off The Beaten Path

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    by FruitLover Updated Feb 5, 2006

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    All parts of the coconut palm are useful, and the trees have a comparatively high yield; it therefore has significant economic value. The name for the coconut palm in Sanskrit is kalpa vriksha, which translates as "the tree which provides all the necessities of life".

    Uses of the various parts of the palm include:
    -The white, fleshy part of the seed is edible and used fresh or dried (desiccated) in cooking.

    -The cavity is filled with "coconut water" containing sugars, fibre, proteins, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, which provide excellent isotonic electrolyte balance, and an exceptional nutritional food source. Mature fruits have significantly less liquid than young immature coconuts. Coconut water is sterile until the coconut is opened.

    -Coconut milk (which is approximately 17% fat) is made by processing grated coconut with hot water or hot milk which extracts the oil and aromatic compounds from the fibre.

    -coconut cream is what rises to the top when coconut milk is refrigerated and left to set.

    -The sap derived from incising the flower clusters of the coconut is fermented to produce palm wine, also known as "toddy".

    -The interior of the growing tip may be harvested as heart-of-palm and is considered a rare delicacy. Harvesting this also kills the tree. Hearts of palm are often eaten in salads; such a salad is sometimes called "millionaire's salad".

    -The coir (the fibre from the husk of the coconut) is used in ropes, mats, brushes, caulking boats and as stuffing fibre; it is also used extensively in horticulture for making potting compost.

    -Copra is the dried meat of the seed which is the source of coconut oil.

    -The leaves provide materials for baskets and roofing thatch.

    -The husk and shells can be used for fuel and are a good source of charcoal.

    -The wood can be used for specialized construction.

    -The roots are used as a dye, a mouthwash, or a medicine for dysentery. A frayed-out piece
    of root makes a poor man's toothbrush.

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