Vembanad Lake, Kerala


Vembanad Lake, Vembanad Kayal, Kottayam town, Kerala, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Arabian Sea, Barrier Island, Achenkovil, Manimala, Meenachil, Muvattupuzha, Pamba, Periyar, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Cochin, Thrivananthapuram, Calicut
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Vembanad Lake, Kerala

Vembanad Lake is India's longest lake, locally known as Vembanad Kayal. Vembanad Lake is one of Asia's largest fresh water lakes. Vembanad Lake is located just 14 km from Kottayam town in Kerala and has got giant water reservoir and a major natural resource. The lake borders major districts like Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam and its wetland covers 1512 Sq. km with dense vegetation on its bank is a breathtaking sight.

Vembanad Lake is separated from the Arabian Sea though a narrow stretch of sand called as Barrier Island. Several rivers flow into the lake including Achenkovil, Manimala, Meenachil, Muvattupuzha, Pamba, and Periyar. The Vembanad Lake is approximately 14 km wide at its broadest point.

The Lake is well-known for its incomparable scenic beauty, lush green surroundings, and exciting boat cruises. Being a popular holiday spot in Kerala, the Vembanad Lake provides tremendous facilities for boat cruising, fishing and sightseeing.

The luxury houseboat cruises start from the Vembanad Lake jetty, the houseboat cruise down the backwaters that have a living room, a bedroom, a bath and a private sit-out for passengers. Breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset, a glimpse of fascinating countryside along the backwaters as one sail in a houseboat and experience a way of life only one of its kind in this region.

You can see the birds and aquatic life or get a sight of village life along the banks of lake as you pass through a houseboat cruises on Vembanad Lake.

The beautiful serene Vembanad Lake comes active during the festive occasion of Onam when exceptional snake boat races and colourful cultural programs are held.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is on the woody eastern banks of Vembanad Lake that attracts a large number of nesting water-birds and wide variety of exotic birds.

Lodging is available along the lake with good resorts, house boats where one can spend the evening watching the sun set at reasonable rates. You can avail a house boat up to 3 star luxuries equipped with all the modern facilities and are spacious that gives you the scope to enjoy the elegant form of the nature.

Guest House of the Department of Tourism, Kumarakom Tourist Complex (KTDC), is also available at Kumarakom.

How to get there:

Nearest airport: Nearest airport is Cochin Airport around 20 kms from Kottayam.

Nearest Railway station: Railway station is 15 km from Vembanad Lake in Kottayam.

Water: One can also travel by boat, right from Cochin. There is regular boat service from Cochin Boat Jetty to Kumarakom.

Road: Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses have good service from Cochin, Thrivananthapuram Calicut.

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