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Joji J
Kochi (Cochin), India3,104 contributions
Oct 2019
There are several points where we can access the lake since there are many townships and villages on the banks of the lake. The multiple branches of the lake includes rivers and backwaters and the coconut plantations, small villages, Chinese fishing nets etc on the banks apart from the resorts, boating in the lake, fishing and other activities have made Ashtamudi Lake one of the most sought after tourist destination of Kerala. The main townships on the banks are Quilon,Kundara, Neendakara which is mainly a fishing center, Chavara, etc and Islands like Thekkumbhagom, Munroe, Chavara South etc are also accessible through the lake. While going from Alleppey to Trivandrum we cover a good portion of the townships on the banks and few days back we went to a resort by the side of Asthamudi lake and the view from there was breath taking. The best place to access the lake is kollam and a boating in the lake will be memorable.
Written November 16, 2019
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Adu-tvm
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India59 contributions
May 2011
A 22 hour cruise by houseboat is something like what the doctors don't order these days. No TV. Simply ruminate while looking around at water, breeze, greenery and permanent lake-residents. I would prescribe it freely to anyone who considers time as being ever more valuable than money. It was a two-room houseboat, with an open sitting area. For day trips the boat could easily accommodate and cater to a group of 20. Being vegetarians, we were treated to an extra-sumptuous feast soon after boarding. As many as six different vegetable preparations accompanied the typical Kerala sadya-like lunch. Dinner was simple roti-vegetables, and breakfast was a favourite - idiappam and vegetable stew. Rather reluctantly we disembarked to enable the noses to get back to the respective grindstones. Off season rate for the 22-hour cruise is Rs 8500/ (includes a 2-hour long mini-boat cruise along narrow canals, where you get a chance to see the life thriving by the canal-sides).
Written August 8, 2011
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kranthikpebbili
Mumbai, India194 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
Ashtamudi lake is one of the must visit places in Kerala. Situated close to Kollam. The lake has 8 branches, so the name Ashtamudi. There are numerous resorts situated on the banks of the lake. In addition to the tourist boats, you have the daily boat service by Kerala Government which costs you literally nothing. (my parents spent around 20 INR each for more than two hours trip)
Written January 27, 2014
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ExplorewithDD
44 contributions
Sep 2017
It was a very nice visit to Munroe Island near Kollam city. The small island is well connected by road to the city. You may hire a taxi to reach there. People go there for backwater boating through narrow canals. It was a very nice experience.
I have uploaded video of our visit to Munroe Island on my YouTube channel "Explore with DD". Please visit my channel and watch the video.
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Written July 17, 2018
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Rodney2016
Nottingham, UK211 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
This trip starts at the DTPC office and requires quite a long tuk-tuk ride which is an adventure on its own. The ferry across to the island is an interesting experience. The boat is a basic open boat which is punted along. The guide doesn't tell you too much but it's enjoyable all the same. You stop off at a local shop to buy drinks, a coconut processing area and a stop for coconut water. We shared with a family that were quite noisy so had little hope of seeing any bird life.
A worthwhile trip and insight into the way of life in the backwaters. Quite different, interesting and enjoyable.
Written March 29, 2015
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Unni2006
New Delhi, India787 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
It is a popular tourist place at Quilon , now called Kollam . Has good connectivity by road and water transport. As the name indicates there are several branches of the lake . Starts from the KSRTC bus stand , one can have a good boat ride operated by Govt at very nominal cost. The scene while you are having the boat ride is fantastic. Lush green coconut trees , and clear water , thevally. Palace , thevally bridge , kadavur church all awaits you during the journey. Beautiful sight seeing and the pleasurable boat ride to Astamudy , one will never forget.
Written January 12, 2015
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UtkarshAjayShah
Mumbai, India223 contributions
Nov 2017
One of the most beautiful backwaters in Kerala. The Ashtamudi lake is a superb serene backwater that will energise you completely. I stayed at CLub Mahindra Shtamudi and they have floating cottages and the experience on the backwaters was awesome, Went for cruising and saw variety of birds and even eagles over the lake.
Written March 15, 2018
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Siva8504
Tiruchirappalli, India2 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Found the contact through google. Contacted 9597508564 which is his son's Vijeesh mobile number who took us to the place where the ride starts. We had an extraordinary boat ride with Vimalan. He took us for 21/2 hr trip, showed us the beauty of the Kallada river, fish farms also the mangroove forest in the Ashtamudi Lake. Enjoyed the nature. Worth for money with great satisfaction. Vimalan is very good guide.
Written May 12, 2018
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Mike456456
Greater Manchester, UK2 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
On the afternoon of 2 March 2015 we went on the DTCP backwater trip on Munroe Island near Kollam. It is described (twice) as an "excellent" tour in the 2013 edition of the Lonely Planet South India guide. It may have been excellent tour in 2013, but it certainly isn't now. We bought our tickets at the DTCP Information Centre (near the boat jetty) on the morning of our trip. We were told the boat section of the tour would last for 2 hours 30 minutes and the cost would be 500 rupees per person, meaning they have reduced the time (by 30 minutes) and increased the price (by 25%) from those indicated in the Lonely Planet guide. In practice, the boat section only lasted 1 hour 50 minutes. Even more frustrating was the fact that the guide spent more time chatting to the boatman (the man punting the boat) in Malayalam than he did talking to his 6 English speaking tourists. The guide spoke very good English and he was polite, but his role as a guide was woefully inadequate. He either knew very little about Munroe Island and the Backwaters or he didn't feel much obligation to share his knowledge with the paying tourists. However when the tour was over he was very keen to stand by the bus door and put pressure on the tourists for a tip. When we returned to the DTCP office I made a complaint to the office staff and to someone who claimed to be the supervisor. After some telephoning they accepted that the boat section of the tour had only lasted 1 hour 50 minutes, but couldn't explain why. They also (rather surprisingly) conceded there had been other similar complaints in the past. One of the salesmen in the office assured me that he had been a guide one year ago and the tour had lasted 2.5 hours then! They asked me to write my complaint down in the back of a book and provide an email address so that someone could provide a response to my complaint. I wrote a (very polite) complaint and supplied an email address, but almost 2 weeks on I haven't received a reply or even an acknowledgement. The current DTCP backwater trip of Munroe Island is NOT an excellent tour and is currently managed by people who don't know what they are doing or don't care.
Written March 14, 2015
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kalapaul
Bengaluru, India168 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
A boat ride on ashtamudi lake is all you need to de-stress and relax! It's beautiful, quite and green all around. Ensure that the boat is good and neat before making a booking. Once you are in, just laze around and enjoy the views.
Written January 7, 2015
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