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Ashtamudi

Ashtamudi

The famous backwater of Ashtamudi is located in the Kollam District of the Indian state of Kerala. This 16 km long lake is the second largest backwaters in Kerala and popularly called the gateway to the backwaters. It possesses a unique wetland ecosystem and a large palm-shaped water body. The name is indicative of the lake’s topography with its multiple branches. The trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is one of the most popular and longest backwater cruises in Kerala. The eight-hour journey will give you an intimate experience of the famed waterways. Classy wooden boat rooms constructed right in the middle of the backwaters and house boats here are worth experiencing.

Weather

Here summer season is experienced during March to May with temperatures ranges between 25°C and 32°C. The city like the rest of Kerala receives rainfall twice every year. Monsoon season starts from June and the retreating of monsoon starts from October. During this period the place receives heavy rainfall. Winters are witnessed during November to February and the temperature drops down between 18°C to 25°C.

How to Reach

Nearest Airport -Trivandrum (75 km), Cochin (Ernakulam) (160 km), Tuticorin (206 km)

Nearest Railway Station – Kollam (12 km), Varkala (44 km), Trivandrum (75 km)

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Ashtamudi Lake: It is an eight-cornered lake near Kollam renowned for backwater experience. Ashtamudi Lake is 16 km long and is divided into eight creeks. Ashtamudi arms converge into a single outlet at Neendakara near Kollam, to enter the Arabian Sea. Overnight houseboats offer Alleppey like houseboat experience which is less intricate and extensive but more cut off backwater experience.

Ashtamudi area is renowned for being home to many premium getaway resorts that are popular with repeat travelers to Kerala and those looking for a scenic standalone getaway.

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