VEMBANAD LAKE

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Location: Kottayam District, Kerala
Unique Feature: Largest Fresh Water Lake In Asia
Other Attraction: Water Bird Sanctuary


House Boats in the Vembanad Lake - One of the largest Fresh Water Lakes in India, Kottayam, KeralaVembanad Lake, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia, is 12km west from Kottayam. Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals, which empty into the great expanse of water called Vembanad Lake.

The lake, an enchanting tourist spot and a fast developing Backwater Tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating.
Vembanad, the beautiful reservoir stretches across the verdant lands of Kerala. The lake has been the reason for the flourishment of the flora and fauna in this region.

Vembanad Kayal, as it is called in the regional language, is a tank that acts against the floods. The local people in their attractive clothings are found searching for the tasty Karimeen fish.

The Kumarakom Tourist Village offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages. One can take a boat for cruises around the lake. There are houseboats that take one across the lake, making one's trip memorable.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS

Water Bird Sanctuary:
At the edge of the grounds of an old estate is a water-bird sanctuary. Domestic birds such as water Fowl, Cuckoo and Wild Duck can be seen in abundance here, as well as Siberian Storks, which migrate to this area spread over 14 acres, each year.

The Snake Boat Races:
The serene lake comes alive during 'Onam' with a spectacular water regatta: the snake boat races. It is indeed amazing to watch oarsmen, atleast hundreds in one boat, slice their way through the waters to the rhythm of their full -throated singing.

HOW TO GET THERE

By Air: Kumarakom, the jetty landing, is accessible from Cochin Airport.

By Rail: Kottayam Railway Station is 15 km from Kumarakom.

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

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

PLACES TO STAY

Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Casino Hotel, Kumarakom, built in traditional Kerala style.
The Taj Garden Retreat, Kumarakom.
Guest House of the Department of Tourism, Kumarakom Tourist Complex (KTDC).



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