Backwaters is the most popular tourist attraction of Kerala. The palm-fringed, tranquil backwaters were once the state's trade highways. With 41 west-flowing rivers, the backwaters stretch to almost 1,900 kilometers. The backwater routes date back over the centuries and have been long used for all transportation needs, in particular trade in coconut, rubber, rice and spices. The Ashtamudi lake, surrounded by red cliffs and swaying coconut palms, still bears traces of its former links with China -on a backwater cruise from Kollam to Alappuzha all along the waterline you can see the famous Cheena Vala (Chinese fishing nets gracefully hanging over the lake, as covered country boats ply the backwaters. The Kollam Boat Club provides boats to cruise on the lake.
Catamarans( house boats) provide an opportunity for exhilarating watersports. With a gentle breeze to aid, one may sail around the Ashtamudi Lake.The 9 hour boat ride from Kollam to Alappuzha along these backwaters can be an unforgettable experience. Located in Kollam district, Ashtamudi is famed for its panoramic and magnificent views.The Ashtamudi Lake is so named because of its eight 'arms' or channels is the gateway to the backwaters.
August to March
DTPC Tourist Information Centre, KSRTC Bus Stand, Kollam Ph: 745625.
DTPC Tourist Office, Guest House Complex, Asramam Ph: 742558.
Department of Tourism-District Office, Govt. Guest House. Ph: 743620.
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Kollam is connected to most Indian cities and is on the railway routes. The city's main station is Kollam Junction.
Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International and Domestic Airport 76 km away from the city.