The eight-coned Astamudi lake resembles a damsel with her ravishing spread of aquatic locks. A leisurely house boat cruise down her meandering ways reveals the throbbing lives on its banks. The cluster of eight islands known as Munroe Island is a main attraction. Surrounded by Ashtamudi Lake and Kallada River, this strip of 13.4 sq. km. boasts of Nature at her most resplendent. Munro Island Community Tourism Project in association with the local community is developing cottages in Swiss cottage tents for tourists.
Location: Kollam Dt. Kollam city islocated on the bank of Astamudi lake.
Contact: DTPC Kollam. Ph 0474 2745625, 2750170
Stay: Club Mahindra, Ashtamudi. Ph 0476 2884000
One of the most coveted of backwater destinations in the country, Punnamada Lake is a divine spread of the Vembanad Lake gracing Kuttanad region of Alappuzha. It is in this swathe of the lake that the celebrated Nehru Trophy Boat Race is heled. Kochi Lake is the snatch of Vembanad Lake located in and around the Kochi mainland.
Kumarakom, a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad lake is one of the most popular tourist spots falling in Kottayam District. The bird sanctuary unfurling across 14 acres is a haven of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s delight. Boating, stay in Kettuvallams, huge and magnificient house boats and angling are some of the activities on offer here. The mouth-watering tempting Karimeen Fish (Pearl Spot) preparation has deservingly gained world-wide fame.
Location: Spread over Kottayam, Kochi andAlappuzha districts.
Contact: DTPC Kottayam. PH 0 4812560479. DTPC Alappuzha 0477 2253308. DTPC Kochi. Ph 0484-2367334, 2383988
Stay at Kumarakom
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Instead of heading to the backwaters of central Kerala, go north to discover the placid Kawayi near Payyanur. The most senic backwater in Kasargod is fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands including the enchanting Valitaparamba. The northern portion of Kavvayi Backwaters is also known as Valiyaparamba backwaters. It stretches from Kavvayi near Payyannur to Neeleshwaram. Nearby attractions include Bekal Fort and Ezhimala Hills. Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a favoured destination through its boat cruises.
Location: Kasargod Dt.
Stay: Oyster Opera. Ph 0467 2276465
Contact: DTPC Kasargod. Ph. 04994 256450. 57 km from Kannur via Karivellur
To experience the sinuous lure of backwaters, to immerse in its vibrant lifestyle, canal cruises are the best. KTDC is conducting full day back water tour packages on house boats and country canoes along Poothotta Canal in Ernakulam District. Poothotta is a coastal village which features a series of narrow canals that provides an opportunity for the visitors to cruise in country boats.
Kollam District Promotion Council has rides through the winding canals of Munroe island in Astamudi lake. Unwinding down the verdant shoreline of makes for an exhilarating experience. DTPC Kollam also organises an 8-hour Kollam-Alappuzha journey, which imparts an intimate experience of the famed waterways and the backwater lives.
Location: Ernakulam DT. Poothota is 20 km south east of Kochi.
Contact: Tourist’s Desk, Main Boat Jetty. Ph 0484 2371761. Tourist Reception Centre. Ph 0484 2353234.
Munroe Canal Cruise
Location: Kollam Dt. Island is 25 km away from the Kollam Town by road.
Contact: DTPC Kollam. Ph 0474 2745625. DTPC Office, KSWTD boat jetty, 2750170