Kollam known to the Portuguese as Quilon is a city and a municipal corporation in Kollam district in the Indian state of Kerala. It lies 71 Kilometres north of the state capital Thiruvanathapuram. It is bound on the south by Trivandrum district, on the north by Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha, on the east by TamilNadu and on the west, the Arabian Sea. The town is very famous for cashew processing and coir manufacturing. It is the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala, and a tourist destination.