Kollam town, the headquarters of Kollam district and Kollam taluk, has a silvery past. It was an international emporium of trade and even now it is a prosperous commercial centre.
It was one of the early centres of Christian activity in Kerala.It is said that the present town of Kollam was built by the Syrian Merchant- Sapir Iso, in the 9th Century A.D. The popularity of Kollam has been established by the time-honored proverb once you see Kollam, you will not need your home any more. Kollam is an important commercial, industrial and trading centre. It is also the headquarters of the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation.