Kerala has been blessed with innumerable waterways, one of which are placid lakes in Kerala. How about enjoying a memorable cruise on the serene waters of these lakes and savor the tranquil ambiance. Spread across different cities and towns, Kerala’s lakes enhance the beauty of God’s Own country. There are as many as 34 lakes here, not only for leisure but also host water sports and annual boat races.

1. Ashtamudi Lake

Known to be the ‘gateway to the backwaters of Kerala’, the Ashtamudi Lake is the state’s second largest lake and spreads in an area of 1700 square km. The lake is called home by about 100 species of fishes and around 60 avifauna species. The banks of the lake have coconut groves, backwater canals, palm trees spreading through towns and villages.

The lake has 8 arms, like an octopus and so it is called Ashtamudi. The surroundings of the lake are extremely peaceful and picturesque. There are a number of islands which can be explored through a houseboat cruise. This lake is quite popular amid honeymooning couples. The 8-hour houseboat cruise amid Kollam and Alleppey, offering varied experiences must not be missed.

Famous for: Romantic getaway; Houseboat ride between Kollam and Alleppey

Best time to visit: September – March

How to reach: Trivandrum International Airport / Kollam Junction

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