There are many places in and around Kollam famous historically or as ancient trade ports. The port of Neendkara is the center for travelers and ice plants. Chavara, 14 kms from Kollam, is a major exporter of mineral sand. It is also famous for Kottamkulangara temple. The 700 year ols ancient church of Kottarakkara, the wonderful waterfalls of Coutalam, the historically important Kundara and the forest ranges of Kulathuppuzha famous for elephants; all these with many natural gifts of wide rivers, dominant hills and forest, lakes and plains, with a vibrant industrial activity and much more is what Kollam offers.