Kollam Cantonment

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Kollam Cantonment

Model road and Railway overbridge in Kollam Cantonment
Model road and Railway overbridge in Kollam Cantonment
Kollam Cantonment is located in Kollam
Kollam Cantonment
Kollam Cantonment
Location in Kollam, India
Kollam Cantonment is located in Kerala
Kollam Cantonment
Kollam Cantonment
Kollam Cantonment (Kerala)
Kollam Cantonment is located in India
Kollam Cantonment
Kollam Cantonment
Kollam Cantonment (India)
Coordinates: 8°52′52″N 76°35′57″E / 8.881160°N 76.599078°E / 8.881160; 76.599078
Country India
Time zoneUTC+5.30 (IST)
Area code(s)0474
Lok Sabha constituencyKollam
Civic agencyKollam Municipal Corporation
Avg. summer temperature34 °C (93 °F)
Avg. winter temperature22 °C (72 °F)

Kollam Cantonment (Malayalam: കൊല്ലം കന്‍റോണ്‍മെന്‍റ്) (originally Quilon Cantonment) is a residential neighbourhood in the city of Kollam. It arose as a cantonment of the British Raj in the 17th century. It is now a thickly populated area of the city of Kollam. Some of the important business centres, shopping complexes and Government offices are located here.[1] Kollam Junction railway station is also located near to cantonment area.


Kollam(Quilon) was one of the trade hubs in British India. Kollam Port had trades history with Phoenicians, Arabs and Chinese etc. The city was conquered by Portuguese, Dutch and British people during 16th to 18th centuries.[2][3][4][5][6] Considering the importance, a British garrison was stationed in Kollam which was subsequently reduced to a native regiment, as a protective force for the then Maharaja of the erstwhile state of Travancore. The garrison was situated at the Cantonment Maidan during those days.[7]

Public/Private institutions situated at Kollam Cantonment area[edit]

Bhima Jewellers situated at Kollam Cantonment area

The Kollam Corporation Town Hall, named the C. Kesavan Memorial Municipal Town Hall in the memory of C. Kesavan – a freedom fighter and former Chief Minister of erstwhile Travancore-Cochin state – is a decades-old building situated on the National Highway passing through the Cantonment.[8][9] The building is now one of the main venues for several cultural events and meetings.[10][11] Apart from the town hall, there are other buildings of note in the Cantonment area.


  1. ^ "Kollam cantonment - Pincodes.info". Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. ^ Thangassery, Kollam - Kerala Tourism
  3. ^ About the City of Kollam Archived 2015-06-02 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ New proof for Pre-Portuguese mission in Kollam
  5. ^ "Tourmet - Thangassery, Kollam". Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  6. ^ "History of Kollam". Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  7. ^ A place in history - The Hindu
  8. ^ "C. Kesavan's statue unveiled in Kollam". The Hindu. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  9. ^ Kumar, Udaya (2009). "Subjects of New Lives". In Ray, Bharati (ed.). Different Types of History. Pearson Education India. pp. 322–323. ISBN 9788131718186.
  10. ^ "New rent for town hall to be ratified today". The Hindu. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  11. ^ "A bridge to bypass choking traffic". The Hindu. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2017.