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Vembanad Lake, Kerala

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#8 of 118 in Nature in Kerala
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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • We stayed at Taj during this visit to Kerala and Kumarakom was chosen as we missed spending ample time on the lake! This time though we did numerous trips on the lake on different types of boats and h...  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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