The first hotel Nivas turn-of-Tamarind Yatri was inaugurated in Kollam by Mr. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, minister of tourism. This undertaking by the development of tourism in Kerala (KTDC) is located on the banks of the pond Ashtamudi. The attractions here include a restaurant open air multi-cuisine, 24 air-conditioned rooms and a conference room with a capacity of 100. Regardless of this, passengers can have a relaxing cruise by pools of Kollam in boats offered by the hotel. There are two safari boats, two speed boats and four pedal boats. Mr. Cheriyan Philip, President, KTDC, said that hotels tamarind easy trying to stay in Kerala more comfortable and accessible. Efforts are on to transform many hotels owned by the state existing hotels tamarind, he added.