Thiruvananthapuram: Kollam's Thirumullavaram will soon have an oceanarium and a marine biological museum that will help history enthusiasts explore the story of its ancient trade relations. The Kerala government on Friday approved Rs 10 crore to set them up, aiming to boost tourism and celebrate the rich history of the southern district, state Finance Minister K N Balagopal said. Thirumullavaram coast is near Thangassery and it will provide visitors with a unique experience to delve into the mesmerizing beauty of the ocean.
The projects will be operated by the State Coastal Development Corporation. The museum will serve as a fascinating exploration of Kollam's historical significance as an ancient trading center. Trade relations with Chinese, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, and British traders will be vividly depicted, offering a glimpse into the city's vibrant commercial history, the release said. Balagopal said the allocated funds will cover initial activities, including the acquisition of land through a public-private partnership initiative. He expressed confidence that the venture would not only be a cultural and educational asset but also significantly boost Kollam's tourism.