The view of the gravelled trail from the Thangassery lighthouse towards the Kollam Port is probably the prettiest view you'll get of the city leading into the ocean. Kollam or Quilon has been thriving as a trading port since time immemorial. The colonial influences can be seen in the ruins and relics that dot Kollam extensively. The 13-arch bridge is one of India’s oldest mountain railways and still holds strong. The Thangassery church and fort are extensions of the lighthouse of which only remains are left. Kochupilamoodu has a model park on the beach and Thirumullavaram beach is ideal for a relaxing swim or a bath. What is most attractive about Kollam is the coconut trees lining the water, traditional villages and cashew plantations that surround the backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake. A cruise on the blue-green stretches of water is a major attraction for the views it provides. The Chinese fishing nets or 'Cheena Vala' against the sunset can be a magical sight that one may come across on the backwaters or the beaches.