A peaceful getaway in the picturesque land of Ashtamudi

A peaceful getaway in the picturesque land of Ashtamudi

Tourists flock the scenic town of Ashtamudi all year round to experience the backwaters and the houseboat cruises with the 16 km long Ashtamudi Lake being the prime attraction of this quaint little town in Kerala. Being less crowded, it is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. Taking a tour to Ashtamudi will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul from the polluted urban lifestyle, making it the perfect spot for vacations with family, spouse, group of friends, corporate groups, picnics, meditation groups etc.

Here are some interesting activities that tourists can indulge in while visiting the picturesque land of Ashtamudi:

Backwater retreat: Holding the title of the second largest lake in the backwaters of Kerala, the Ashtamudi lake is a marvellous water body embraced by clusters of palm and coconut trees. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Kollam has permitted boat rides and houseboat cruises on the Ashtamudi stretch of backwaters where guided tours are available starting from the morning lasting till after sunset. It is indeed one of the peaceful activities to indulge in once at Ashtamudi.

Relax in luxury resorts: There are many five star resorts overlooking the scenic landscape views of the Ashtamudi Lake. The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel is indeed a hidden gem in town featuring quaint villas, stunning views, freshest recipes, celebratory spaces, and holistic wellness that await you.

Meditation goals: Situated in the lap of nature featuring dense greenery and surrounded by beautiful water bodies, there are many outdoor spots to meditate, unwind, relax, and perform light exercises in the region of Ashtamudi. There are also well-known meditation and yoga centres in the adjoining Kollam district, attracting many tourists looking for wellness retreats.

Experience Ayurveda and wellness:  Tourists can get pampered with relaxing and enjoyable spa services in Ashtamudi.  Experience the rejuvenating touch of Ayurveda, Kerala's timeless healing tradition. These services are available with individual spa and Ayurveda centres in luxury resorts. You can book your day of self-care, depending upon the level of exquisiteness of the Ayurveda and wellness treatment you desire. Besides, there are even personalised beauty services taking care of the hair and skin. 

Lake islands: Ashtamudi signifies a total of eight islands. These islands are believed to hold a rich biodiversity featuring mangroves, coconut trees and several avian species. It is a splendid sight when the glowing sun passes through the calm waters of the Ashtamudi Lake. Apart from being a sight for sore eyes, the eight islands jointly contribute to be a significant part of the wetland ecosystem in the area.

Adventure activities: If you have relaxed for a couple of days at Ashtamudi and want to make the rest of the days exciting, then do explore the outdoor adventure activities – coracle boat ride, kayaking and speed boat rides for groups.

Tourists can be rest assured of the scenic backdrops, premium backwater destinations and an abundance of natural beauty when visiting Ashtamudi during any season. Photographers, poets, painters, environmentalists, historians, animal lovers etc. often visit the town to get inspired by the mesmerizing aura of the dense greenery coupled with enchanting water bodies.

In Kollam, immerse yourself in the vibrant local festivities and culture, including the annual ten-day celebration of Kollam Pooram, captivating Kathakali festivals, and the colorful spectacle of Malanada Kettukazhcha and Oachira Kali. Experience the thrill of majestic boat races such as the President's Trophy Boat Race, Kallada Boat Race and Kanneti Boat Race, adding to the cultural richness of the region.