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Ashtamudi Lake, Kerala

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Ashtamudi Lake, in the Kollam District of the Indian state of Kerala, is the most visited backwater and lake in the state. It possesses a unique wetland ecosystem and a large palm-shaped water body, second only in size to the Vembanad estuary ecosystem of the state. Ashtamudi means 'eight coned' in the local Malayalam language. The name is indicative of the lake's topography with its multiple branches. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and is well known for its houseboat and backwater resorts. Ashtamudi Wetland was included in the list of wetlands of international importance, as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands.Along both banks of the lake and its backwater canals, coconut groves and palm trees interspersed with towns and villages are seen. Kollam, is an important historic port city located on the right bank of the lake. Boat cruises are operated by the Kollam Boat Club from Kollam to Alappuzha providing transport access to many other towns and villages along this route. Luxury houseboats also operate on the lake. The boat journey is an 8-hour trip, winds through lakes, canals and water bound villages, and gives complete exposure to the beauty of the backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake. Chinese fishing nets, called cheena vala in Malayalam, are used by local fisherman and are a common sight along the waterway.The lake and the city of Kollam on its banks and the Neendakara port at the confluence offer a means of transport for the state’s trade and commerce in the cashew trading and processing industry as well as the marine products industry.
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  • The boat ride in the still clear backwaters is ideal for for those who wish to see and enjoy the island life  more »
  • Absolutely breathtaking place. Mahindra Resorts takes the cake in location, location and location. On the banks of the ashtamudi lake... a large vista of sea as far as the eye can see. Canoeing in the...  more »
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  • Probably the best place in Kollam. Exotic islands, surrounded with coconut 🥥 trees🌴. Relax on boat for 3 hours, getting sun bath and admiring the fantastic nature💐
  • Had 2 hours of boating here in the Lake. One of the beautiful feeling one can have in this earth. One can witness truly the magic of God's own country. Visit here is Worth each & every penny.
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