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Ashtamudi Lake
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Dennis P
Montrose, UK28,595 contributions
Beatifully tranquil waters
Jun 2019
Such a beautiful spot - our group didn't have much time here which is a shame as I could have relaxed here and took in the calming scenery all day long. A wonderful place for a picnic and gentle meditation.
Written November 16, 2019
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Joji J
Kochi (Cochin), India3,094 contributions
"the beauty of the lake is beyond explanation"
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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Vimala R
Mumbai, India8 contributions
KeralaAah.... blissful break at Ashtamudi....
Oct 2019 • Family
KeralaAah.... blissful break at Ashtamudi....

We are just back from our short sojourn to Ashtamudi, in Kollam district of Kerala. The holiday had been planned in a hurry but turned out to be one of the most memorable ones in my life. 
My excitement at the thought of staying in a floating cottage on lake Ashtamudi crystallized as soon we entered the idyllic surroundings of the Club Mahindra Resort. 
As we walked down to our floating cottage, we could see the vast expanse of the lake Ashtamudi. No wonder it is the most sought after backwaters in Kerala. 
Ashtamudi meaning eight knots or branches draws its name from the eight lakes which are part of the whole. It jostles with the river Kallada and also meets the Arabian Sea. 
The floating cottage was as inviting inside as much as it was beautiful outside. The tastefully done wooden interiors with a sit out overlooking the lake almost felt like the sea. The soothing sound of the lapping waves added charm. The waters sparkled in the twilight and twinkled with the stars at night. The cool breeze soothed our minds. Our tranquility increased since the serene waters of the lake was visible from every part of the cottage. 
More had yet to come as we set out on the cruise next morning. As our boat meandered through the waters we explored the breathtaking views surrounding the lake. The vibrant green coconut trees dotted the lake side making it appear like a scene freshly painted. Birds fluttering around made us point at them like gleeful kids. A kite, an eagle, a drongo and some water birds. 
Intermittently we found chinese fishing nets along the lake kindling our curiosity. Fishing was one of the main sources of livelihoods no doubts. 
Our boat passed a few habitats which also comprised of a single home island. We wondered how the household managed such a tough life. Totally cut off from an urban world their mode of transport were small boats which they themselves had to row. Like a two wheeler in modern houses each house had a small boat tied outside. Blissfully unaware of the modern ways of life they were surviving despite the tsunami. In fact the sailors of our boat had been saviours of the locals from the island during the Tsunami and had been awarded for the same. A Mumbaikar would surely feel like a fish out of water if he had to live forever in such surroundings. 
Our boat stopped at the Munroe Island which had about 500 households inhabiting in it. We walked down the concrete path winding its way through the intriguing waterways. As we explored its beauty we also came across a breeding space for tiger prawns. The Island housed an ancient church but had no hospital or police station. 

On our onward journey most of us had our fill getting photographed in titanic poses but while returning we got a bonus of posing as captains of the boat. 
As we returned to our floating cottage , I wondered how many of us knew about Ashtamudi and its beauty. Holidaying abroad is the most happening thing. In fact holidaying in our own country is looked down upon and causes a lot of heartache for the present generation. However for us, every holiday in India has made us yearn for more. 
Ashtamudi, of course was a dream vacation in the lap of nature, calm, comforting and soothing. I have had my fill when will you have yours? 

P.S: Ashtamudi is about 80 kms from Thiruvananthapuram which has an airport.  The nearest railway station and bus station is at Kollam in Kerala. 

Written November 2, 2019
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Meena_Bala
Kochi (Cochin), India202 contributions
Weekend trip
Sep 2019 • Couples
Canoeing in backwaters is such a beautiful experience which can be felt only when experienced. We started our journey in backwaters and went through small kayals inside island watching birds and entered the massive lake to watch sunrise.
Written October 18, 2019
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churchinbensg1946
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India229 contributions
Ashtamudi Backwaters
May 2019
The boat ride in the still clear backwaters is ideal for for those who wish to see and enjoy the island life
Written May 24, 2019
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Paddyadventura
Mumbai, India7 contributions
The serene lake and serene backwaters
Mar 2019 • Family
Absolutely breathtaking place. Mahindra Resorts takes the cake in location, location and location. On the banks of the ashtamudi lake... a large vista of sea as far as the eye can see.
Canoeing in the back waters across tunnels n shrimp farms, stopping to drink tender coconut water plucked right then n there.
A slower than slow rowing canoe, blissfilled nature, placid lake.. fall in love with ashtamudi.

Mahindra resorts is expensive for food though. N vegetarians stock your theplas and bananas.
Written April 8, 2019
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YogitaKaushik
Greater Noida, India37 contributions
Beautiful backwaters, amazing village life and yummy local food
Jan 2019 • Family
We took the 2 hours ride with Raghu..It was our first backwaters experience and we were spellbound with it. The tiny boat, narrow lanes to cruise and sights of ducks, cattle’s, coconut trees..and a kingfisher made it extra special. Raghu was courteous enough to offer homemade Kerala food served on freshly cut banana leaves that we thoroughly enjoyed....A must if you are in Kollam.
Written January 24, 2019
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abhishek858
Manchester, UK36 contributions
Country boat ride
Jan 2019 • Couples
We took a country boat ride through the backwaters, and it was truly beautiful. The surrounding forests and bird life was gorgeous!
Written January 15, 2019
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Ganesh J
Mumbai, India2,060 contributions
Calm cruise..
Oct 2018 • Couples
Did a cruise in the boathouse of Club Mahindra, Ashtamudi for around 150 minutes.
It was a sight to watch a flick of birds resting on the roof after catching fishes.
It gave a beautiful view of the Club Mahindra floating rooms and restaurant and other small and big houses along the coast.
We stopped at Munroe South Island where we visited the beautifully developed facilities by the church for accommodation, conference and leisure activities of special visitors.
We had a soft drink purchased from a very small shop in the island which is said to have more than 300 houses.
It was amazing to see the water colour changing when the lake meets the river.
Nice experience.
Ganesh J
Written October 30, 2018
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Rina
Bengaluru, India78 contributions
Beat backwater experience
Sep 2018 • Couples
Best backwaters experience. Neatly maintained , waste management is awesome. Boat ride is precious here. Best sunrise/sunset experience
Written October 16, 2018
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