Ashtamudi backwaters : The flagship attraction of Kollam, boasted to be the gateway of backwater tourism in Kerala.
Ashramam Picnic village : There are numerous parks and adventure activity centres on the shores of Astamudi. Popular place to spend evenings.
Amritapuri: The Vallikavu village connected well with highway and ferry is the main ashram of the Matha Amrithanandamayi, popularly called by Amma by her devotees.
Thangasseri: Erstwhile settlement of the Portuguese, Dutch and the English. There is a ruined fort built in 1517. You can also visit the century old lighthouse and the seaside.
Beaches : There are two popular beaches in the town , the Kollam Beach & Thirumullavaram Beach. The later one is relatively less crowed, while the former is just on the fringes of the city centre.
Munroe Island : A laid back village in the island formed by the Ashtamudi backwaters. The traditional coir making enterprises still functioning in these villages fringing the Ashtamudi lake. There are boat services from Kollam Jetty to Munroe Island.
Thenmala : Literally means the ‘Honey Mountain’ Thenmala on the border of Kerala & Tamilnadu is the first planned eco-tourism destination in the country. There are many clusters ranging from Deer Park to Forest trails to Wlakway built over the forest canopy at Thenmala . Thenmala is on the fringes of the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Great place for nature enthusiasts.
Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple: Located in Kottukkal village near Anchal , with unique rock cut architecture uncommon in this part of India. The shrines are scooped out of a massive natural boulder. Believed to be executed in the 7-8th century CE.
Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary : The lone wildlife sanctuary of Kollam district.
Palaruvi Waterfalls: A popular fall on the fringes of the Western Ghats, near Thenmala.
Jatayupara :A massive boulder with mythical assiciation is located close to Ayur on the MC Road.
Kottarakkara :Famous for the Ganapati Temple.
Aryankavu : Aryankavu is famous for the Ayyappa Temple. Located on the NH208 at Kazhathuruthi the "Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam" (13 Arch Bridge) is an architectural marvel.
Boasted as the longest backwater cruise in Kerala, the Kollam to Alappuzha (Quilon to Alleppey) boat ride is an 8 hours affair. The route practically connects the two towns.
Ashtamudi literally means , eight branches, depicting the complex topography of this sprawling backwaters.