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Vembanad Lake

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A very interesting and fascinating lake

Part of the Keralan back-waters, home to many inhabitants, animals and a t the same time very productive agriculturally. We made a house boat tour, visited a protected Island... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ronneby, Sweden
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Ronneby, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of the Keralan back-waters, home to many inhabitants, animals and a t the same time very productive agriculturally. We made a house boat tour, visited a protected Island, stayed at the KDTC Waterscapes resort, visited a bird sanctuary and made a boating tour in the canals. We saw a lot - monitor lizards, birds of prey, many other birds,... More 

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West Country
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amidst the hectic running around on a tour I found our day and night in a houseboat to be pure bliss. The houseboat housed six people with a crew of three, captain, cook and general jack of all trades and they looked after us superbly. The food was excellent and used local ingredients including fish sourced from the lake. It... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We stayed at illikkalam lake resort. View from this resort is very good. Take one hour boat riding, they will show 5 star hotels and bird sanctuary

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

very beautiful place to visit as couple. The boat rides are romantic. Its beautiful to stay in boathouse and enjoy a fullmoon night.

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

View of this lake is just mesmerizing..Just Beautiful.. Arched by Bird sanctuary on one side, there are lots of aquatic plants to spot.. The view of sailing houseboat over this lake is a view which shouldnt be missed at any cost! :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

WHoa what a place it is.. Best place for a vacation in kerala is to check in to a resort on the banks of this lake. And the Kari meen it gives yummy!!!! Would definitely visit this place.

Thank Hariprasad2910
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Having heard so much about Kerala Backwaters, was really excited to be there. To start with it just seemed to be another lake, maybe slightly bigger one. But as our boat moved forward, you are left awestruck by the sheer size of Vembanad Lake ans start wondering is it a lake or an ocean itself, and then you realize its... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

When we checked in and saw the lake from our hotel porch, we felt that we on the banks of the Arabian Sea. We have seen our share of the water bodies, from Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal to Indian Ocean, but with its sheer size, Vembanad Lake is a world in itself. Sitting by the bank, watching the... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Back water rides at this Lake is the biggest attraction... the lake is huge and comparatively clean...in simple words, life line of the area. We were lucky to see the practice session of Vallam Kali... nice experience...

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Rajkot, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Vembanad is India's largest lake...Boat ride offers excellent views of Kerala backwater and village life...must visit....Take a boat ride from Allepey towards Kumarakom to have Kerala village life views...

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