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Vembanad Lake, Kerala

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#8 of 118 in Nature in Kerala
Take a houseboat ride on Vembanad Lake, the largest in Kerala. The lake forms part of a unique ecosystem called the "Kerala backwaters," where freshwater streams meet the salty Arabian sea, creating a labyrinth of brackish lakes, lagoons, rivers, and inlets that span over 900 km (560 mi). Take a guided boat trip and glide across the lagoon, spotting fields and meadows, rows of coconut palms and mangrove trees, and numerous species of birds. Enjoy the picturesque setting, have a picnic by the lakeshore, or try fishing in the plentiful waters. Put Vembanad Lake at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kumarakom itinerary planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This majestic lake in the kumarakom backwaters part of kerala is not only the longest but also a part of india's most beautiful landscapes. This lake is bordered by the lush greenery of Kottayam, alla...  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    The quiet ride through the backwaters of alapuzha can be a life changing experience. It will cleanse your mind and soul and leave you invigorated. I want to keep going back there. The ride through the...  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    It is a beautiful lake to take a houseboat DAY trip on. The views are nice, and can be a good 4 hours spent on a house boat. But, it is NOT a night stay option. The house boats will look nice at first...  more »

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Where to stay in Kumarakom

Despite its heavy reliance on tourism, Kumarakom offers surprisingly few accommodations, with just a handful of resorts sitting near the lakeshore. You can find a larger selection of places to stay in Likkalam, a short drive to the south. If resorts fall outside your budget, look for small guesthouses and holiday rentals, which offer basic amenities and a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. No matter where you stay, you'll never be too far from the water, with many accommodations also offering swimming pools.
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