The quite and peaceful village of Chavara is situated 14 km north of Kollam
on Kollam-Alappuzha road. It is an industrial village having four major
industrial establishments; i.e the Indian Rare Earths, The Kerala Premopipe
factory, Kerala Minerals and metals and Titanium complex. Thousands of
tonnes of mineral sand, mainly titanium are exported from Chavara to various
countries. The notable Malayalam poet O.N.V Kurup belongs to Chavara.
Kovilthottam beach and light house, sinking islands in Ashtamudi lake,
St.Andrews church, Kottamkulangara temple are some of the tourist places
in Chavara. Kovilthottam, a good tourist spot and pilgrim center, is a
strip of land located in between Chavara TS canal and the Arabian Sea,
having only a width of 100 meters. Thalappoli Mahotsavom- offerings of
lighted lamps in decorated small pans - in the Kottamkulangara temple
here, which falls in March - April is very famous. The interesting feature
of the festival is that men dress themselves as women and carry lamps.
This is a time-honoured custom. The 66ft tall lighthouse tower, painted
with black and white horizontal bands, has been provided to serve the
port of Neendakara situated at the entrance to Ashtamudi Back waters.