Vembanad Lake

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Vembanad 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.

How To Get There

By AirKumarakom, the jetty landing, is accessible from Cochin Airport.
By RailKottayam Railway Station is 15 km from Kumarakom.
By RoadKerala State Road Transport Corporation buses have good service from Cochin, Thrivananthapuram Calicut.
Local TransportOne 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).

General Information

Location Kottayam District, Kerala
Unique Features Largest Fresh Water Lake In Asia
Main Attraction Water Bird Sanctuary