Lakes in Kerala

There are 34 lakes in the state. From the geographical point of view lakes can be segmented into three – Bordered by the sandbank and running almost parallel to the riverbank are the first category. These include the Vembanadu and Kayamkulam Lake. The second type has its front side covered with land. The last category includes the lakes that extend till the west of the coastal area and running almost perpendicular to the riverbank. Ashtamudi Lake belongs to the third category.The largest is the Vembanadu Lake covering an area of 260 sq.km. followed by the Ashtamudi.

Sasthamkotta Lake
Sasthamkotta known as the ‘queen of lakes’ has the fresh Water Lake spreading over the area. It is situated 29 kms away from Kollam.

Vembanadu Lake
Vembanad lake and various other canals provide boating, canoeing, fishing and sight seeing. The vivid blue and green palm fringed backwaters of Kottayam is a main source of attraction to the tourists.

Lakes of Alappuzha
Alappuzha is considered as a prime area of backwater tourism and angling. The town has several canals and lakes fit for boat cruise. A journey by boat through the lakes is a memorable experience. The watercourses are flanked by coconut trees, which leave and swing to the tune of gush. A ride by boat or by country craft from Changanassery to Alappuzha through Punnamada Lake will provide an unforgettable sight of some of the paddy fields and stretches of coconut palm groves.

Pookkode Lake
Pookkode, the fresh Water Lake is located between Lakkidi and Pookkode. Surrounded by lush green forests, it is about 2000 m. above mean sea level. There is boating a facility for tourists in the lake.

Ashtamudi Lake
Ashtamudi Lake is another important lake in Kerala, which lies in Kollam district. It is called Ashtamudi because it has eight 'mudis'(channels). In form and nature this lake has its peculiarities. It has a length of 16 Kms. Kalladayar is an important river that flows into this lake. Through the Neendakara estuary Ashtamudi Lake finds its way into the sea.