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The city is home to a large population of Hindus, Christians and Muslims. Kollam's economic importance increased after the Great Cherthala Flood of 1341 AD. During early 14th century, Quilon or Kollam emerged as the major trading town in Kerala due to the influx of Chinese goods via land routes from ports such as Guangzhou (Canton), Surat and other places in Gujarat. The Arabs had traded with Kerala since before Islam arrived there in 7TH Century CE.  In 825 AD, during his second visit to India,, Ibn Battuta visited Kollam and other towns on the west coast. He noted that Muslims were living among Hindu Nairs. The Chinese traveler Wang Dayuan visiting India by sea recorded his visit to Quilon (Koliyang) during 629-30 CE: "In my sixth year I went southwards 100 li eastward from Sui-ho...