About Kollam കൊല്ലം
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The main landmark of Kollam city, by l i j
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Kollam, formerly known as Quilon, is an old sea port/town on the Arabian sea coast. The district is bordered on the south by Thiruvananthapuram, on the north by Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta, on the east by Western Ghats and the Tamilnadu state border and on the West by the Arabian sea.
About thirty per cent of this district is covered by the Ashtamudi lake, there by making it the gateway to the backwaters of the state. Kollam, the erstwhile Desinganadu, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one of the five chief ports, which he had seen in the course of his travels during a period of twenty four years, in the 14th Century. The rulers of Kollam (Desinganadu) and China, exchanged embassies and there was a flourishing Chinese settlement at Kollam. Merchant Sulaiman of Siraf in Persia (9th Century) found Kollam to be the only port in India, touched by the huge Chinese junks, on his way from Canton to Persian Gulf. Marco Polo, the great Venician traveler, who was in Chinese Service under Kublahan in 1275, visited Kollam and other towns on the west coast, in his capacity as a Chinese mandarin. Marco Polo mentions Kollam as Coilum and this is perhaps why Kollam was known as Quilon for a long time.
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