Ashtamudi Lake (25 Kms)
Backwaters are the most popular tourist attraction of Kerala. The palm-fringed,
tranquil backwaters were once the state's trade highways. With 41 west-flowing rivers,
the backwaters stretch to almost 1,900 kilometers. The backwater routes date back
over the centuries and have been long used for all transportation needs, in particular
trade in coconut, rubber, rice and spices. The Ashtamudi lake, surrounded by red
cliffs and swaying coconut palms, still bears traces of its former links with China
-on a backwater cruise from Kollam to Alappuzha all along the waterline you can
see the famous CheenaVala (Chinese fishing nets gracefully hanging over the lake,
as covered country boats ply the backwaters.
Catamarans (house boats) provide an opportunity for exhilarating watersports. With
a gentle breeze to aid, one may sail around the Ashtamudi Lake. The 9 hour boat
ride from Kollam to Alappuzha along these backwaters can be an unforgettable experience.
Located in Kollam district, Ashtamudi is famed for its panoramic and magnificent
views. The Ashtamudi Lake is so named because of its eight 'arms' or channels are
the gateway to the backwaters.