June 16, 2017
Raviz Ashtamudi

Kollam or Quilon, formerly Desinganadu, is an old seaport and city on the Laccadive Sea coast of Kerala, India. The city is on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam has had a strong commercial reputation since the days of the Romans. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was mentioned by Ibn Battuta in the 14th century as one of the five Indian ports he had seen during the course of his twenty-four year travels. Kollam is an important commercial, industrial and trading centre. It is also the headquarters of the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation.

The 144 feet (44 m) Tangasseri Lighthouse, built in 1902, is a centre of attraction. The Ananda Valleeswaram Temple attracts hundreds of devotees almost daily. The Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering, the first private college of its kind in the state, is at Kilikollur, about 7 kilometers east of Kollam city. Mahatma Gandhi Park and Beach at Kochupilamoodu, Thirumullavaram Beach and Ashramam picnic village are some of the important local sight seeing spots. Mahatma Gandhi beach lies just 2 Kilometers away from the city center. It is a fascinating place for an evening. Thirumullavaram Beach is 5 Kilometers from the city. The sea here is ideal for swimming and bathing. Ashramam picnic village is located in the 48 acre Guest House Complex. This is the centre of various tourist development activities of the district. The Government Guest House (popularly known as "British Residency") here is 200 years old. It stands by Ashtamudi Lake and is a major attraction for its elegance and architectural beauty.

No trip to Kollam can be complete without a trip to Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram at Vallikkavu, near Kollam. Apart from being a spiritual abode, it carries out many entrepreneurial activities in various fields like housing, education and health care industries among others.

According to Rakesh Parameswaran, General Manager, The Raviz Resort & Spa, “Ashtamudi Lake (Ashtamudi Kayal) in the Kollam District of Kerala, is the most visited backwaters of Kerala. With the unique ecosystem, a palm-shaped (also called octopus-shaped) large water body, Ashtamudi means 'eight coned' (Ashta = 'eight'; mudi = 'coned') in the local language of Malayalam. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Quilon is an important historic port city located on the right bank of the lake. Chinese fishing nets, called cheena vala in the Malayalam language, are used by local fisherman and are a common sight along the waterway.”

“The Raviz Ashtamudi is the only five star deluxe resort in Kollam located closer to the city center spread over 6 acres of land with back waters and huge banqueting options from 30 pax to 1200 pax. The Raviz Ashtamudi is easily accessible from cities like Coimbatore, trichy, and Madurai. Chennai (Madras) is just an overnight train away from Kollam. The Raviz Ashtamudi offers well-appointed rooms, cottages and suite rooms with beautiful view of the Ashtamudi Lake. We also offer Kerala heritage cottages maintaining the heritage look and authenticity which are 150-200 years old”, he adds.

The Raviz Ashtamudi also offers House boat experiences on the Ashtamudi lake, the gateway to the backwaters. This 16 km long lake is the second largest in Kerala, finding its way into the sea through the Neendakara estuary. The journey will give you an intimate experience of the famed waterways.

From sunset cruises to water sports like kayaking, paddle boats, bamboo rafting and speed boat thrills, Raviz has it all. The Raviz Ashtamudi also focuses on providing traditional Ayurveda, Marma and Panchakarma treatments. The “Favourite Kerala” brand provides traditional Ayurvedic therapy to cleanse, detoxify and rejuvenate mind, body and soul thereby promoting general wellness with authentic treatments under the guidance of experienced doctors and using purely herbal medicines.

Commenting on Raviz as destination for meetings and weddings Rakesh says, “Raviz Ashtamudi has been a convenient option for corporate meetings, training programmes, off-site meetings, residential conferences, day outings, engagements, mehandi and weddings from clients across India and overseas.”

The Raviz Convention Centre is a one of its kind and has over the years witnessed many successful weddings and engagement functions and boasts of a total area of almost 7,955 sq ft. with a height of 21 ft., designed to accommodate about 1,200 people in theatre style across two levels. The multiple options for pre-function areas are also a massive advantage given the nuances of an Indian wedding or evening occasions. The Empire is a 2,153 sqft area of conference hall which can easily accommodate up to 150 people in theatre style seating; it is perfect for mid-sized sessions or parties.

Rakesh says, “The Raviz Ashtamudi focussed on conducting our business in a manner that benefits the culture and ethos of our rich and ancient civilization, and the tolerant and the accommodating nature of our multicultural society and protects all individuals, especially women and children from all derogatory acts which are contrary to the spirit of our country. We commit to abide by code of conduct for safe and honourable tourism. Recognizing that every earth resource is finite and fragile, we pledge to fully implement sustainable tourism practices, consistent with the best environment and heritage protection standards such that our present tourism resource requirements optimise both local community benefit and future sustainable uses. We also focus on environmental friendly purchasing policy, energy conservation, water consumption and in house waste management systems.”


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