Ashtamudi Backwaters

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The Ashtamudi lake, surrounded by red cliffs and swaying coconut palmson a backwater cruise from Kollam to Alappuzha all along the waterline you can see the famous CheenaVala (Chinese fishing nets gracefully hanging over the lake, as covered country boats ply the backwaters.Ashtamudi, 16 km long lake is the second largest fresh water lake in Kerala, located in Kollam district is famed for its panoramic and magnificent views. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. The Ashtamudi Lake is so named because of its eight 'arms' or channels are the gateway to the backwaters.Catamarans (house boats) provide an opportunity for exhilarating watersports. With a gentle breeze to aid, one may sail around the Ashtamudi Lake.
The trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is one of the most popular and longest backwater cruises in Kerala.The boat journey is an 8 hour trip, winds through lakes, canals and water bound villages, and gives a complete exposure to the beauty of the backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake. Chinese fishing nets, called cheenavala in the Malayalam language, are used by local fisherman and are a common sight along the waterway.Tourism Promotion Council of Kollam district offers several houseboat packages that include day trips as well as over night cruises. Travelers can choose from these packages depending on their budget and convenience.
 

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