The great Ashtamudi Lake: A picturesque beauty in Kerala

April 21, 2024

The great Ashtamudi Lake: A picturesque beauty in Kerala

A lake experience encapsulates a serene blend of nature's tranquillity, captivating scenery, and the soothing sounds of water, offering a peaceful retreat for contemplation and enjoyment. One such lake is the Lake Ashtamudi in Kollam, Kerala, a popular tourist spot often called the 'Gateway to Kerala Backwaters.

Located in Kollam, it's the most unpolluted backwater destination in the entire state. This special lake is well-known for its unique environment and many different things to see. Visiting this magical lake in Kollam is a joyful treat for anyone!

So, come and enjoy the beautiful view that is so amazing it speaks to the heart. Let's lose ourselves in the picturesque beauty of Ashtamudi Lake:

Let's learn a bit about Ashtamudi Lake

One of the most pristine backwaters in India is Ashtamudi Lake, situated in the Kollam district of Kerala, which is the draining destination of Kallada River. As a result of its exotic beauty spread throughout the town, Ashtamudi Lake is one of the richest lakes in South India in terms of flora and fauna. As a result of its exotic beauty spread across the town, Ashtamudi Lake is today more of a commercial centre than it once was.

How to Reach Ashtamudi Lake?

  • By Road: If you're in Kerala, heading to Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam is a breeze by road. Hop on a state-run or private bus or take a local taxi or auto from the city to reach the lake.
  • By Train: To reach Ashtamudi Lake by train, head to Kollam Railway Station. It's the closest station and connects to trains from different parts of the country.
  • By Air: Although Kollam doesn't have an airport, you can fly to Trivandrum International Airport, about 71 km away. From there, catch a bus or hire a private taxi to reach Ashtamudi Lake.

Things to do in Ashtamudi Lake:


Have an exciting time kayaking on the pretty Ashtamudi Lake. Use the paddle to move through the calm water, going into small canals and finding hidden spots in the lake. Kayaking lets you get close to the backwaters, so you can see lots of different plants and animals along the way.

Best time to visit: Dry season, roughly from November to February, when skies are clear, and the sun's glare is manageable.

Speed Boat Ride: 

If you like adventure, try a speedboat ride and feel the fast wind on the lake. Water cycle boating is a more relaxed water activity, perfect for families. Pedal together and ride over the waves of the Ashtamudi Lake for a fun experience.

Best time to visit: Dry season provides the best conditions for enjoying the breeze and spray without worrying about sudden downpours.

Houseboat Ride: 

As you cruise along, you will be surrounded by lush greenery, vibrant flora, and an abundance of birdlife. Spot kingfishers, eagles, and herons in their natural habitat, and feel a sense of peace and tranquillity wash over you. The Ashtamudi Lake cruise offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and immerse yourself in the scenic wonders of Kerala. Whether you're seeking a romantic escape or a family adventure, this cruise promises an unforgettable experience filled with awe-inspiring views and cherished memories.

Best time to visit: Best conditions for enjoying the breeze and spray without worrying about sudden downpours would be the dry season.

Witness Boat Races: 

From the vibrant splendour of the President's Trophy Boat Race to the time-honoured tradition of the Kallada Boat Race, Kerala's waterways come alive with the rhythmic splash of oars and the fervent cheers of spectators. These annual events not only showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region but also serve as a testament to the unwavering passion for boat racing that has endured for generations.

Best time to visit: Fixed annual timings between August and December.

Canoe Boat Ride: 

Feel the fresh breeze brush against your skin, listen to the distant melody of birdsong and take in the mesmerizing views as you glide in local or resident canoe boats, through  Munroe’s or Sambranikodi’s serene island paradise. It's an opportunity to escape the chaos of everyday life and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, one paddle stroke at a time.

Best time to visit: Dry season is suggested as the best condition for enjoying the breeze and spray without worrying about sudden downpours.

Dining on the Lake Ashtamudi: 

Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience on the serene waters of Lake Ashtamudi at our exclusive floating restaurant, Raanthal, nestled within The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel. Delight your senses with exquisite cuisine while surrounded by panoramic views of the tranquil lake, creating an ambiance of unparalleled luxury and relaxation. Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a gathering with loved ones, Raanthal promises a culinary journey that captivates and enchants.

Best time to visit restaurants for meals: Lunch - 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Dinner- 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Planning your next trip to the great Ashtamudi Lake? Book your stay at The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel, and enjoy the picturesque beauty of Kerala.

Being one of the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake is surrounded by luxury hotels such as The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel. As you step into this exquisite haven located on the banks of the Lake Ashtamudi, a panorama of picturesque views unfolds before you. Whether you're lounging in your elegantly appointed room, savouring a delectable meal in the dining place, or simply unwinding amidst the lush gardens, the beautiful vistas of the Lake Ashtamudi are your constant companion. At The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel, you can be a witness to nature's timeless masterpiece.

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