Backwaters

Vembanad Backwaters

Vembanad Backwaters

Vembanad Backwaters

96 kilometres long and 14 kilometres wide, Vembanad Lake or Vembanad Kayal, is the longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala

Fed by four rivers and spanning an area of 2033 square kilometres, Vembanad Lake is bounded by Kottayam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts. While the Lake was once the major navigational channel and means of livelihood for the people that lived on its shores, now it is the focal point of backwater tourism in Kerala. Where once large barges plied the waters carrying people and merchandise, now beautiful ‘Kettuvallams’ (houseboats) cruise through, nourishing the souls of both the natives and the guests.

The most popular destination on the shores of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom beckons you with its endless paddy fields, coconut groves, mangrove forests and sumptuous local cuisine. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the east coast of the lake, is truly a heaven for birdwatchers. The 1252-meter-long saltwater barrier called Thanneermukkom Bund, built to prevent the entry of saltwater into the low-lying farmlands of Kuttanadu, stands as a symbol of human determination and the agricultural history of Kerala. During the Onam season, the lake and its shores come alive with a competitive spirit and festive cheer as the Chundan Vallams (snake boats) slice through the water in thrilling regattas.

A cruise through the tranquil waters, watching the coconut trees lining the shores swaying in the gentle breeze, spotting the cormorants patiently waiting for its prey, seeing the village folk going about their daily lives, filling your mind and your camera roll with memories that lasts a lifetime - if this sounds like an idea for the perfect holiday, then Vembanad Backwaters is waiting for you.

How to Reach

By Road
By Road
Kottayam Bus Stand
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By Rail
By Rail
Kottayam Railway Station
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By Air
By Air
Cochin International Airport, about 86.2 km
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