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Lakes in Kerala


Covered with the lush green blanket of nature, the state of Kerala is blessed with a number of alluring lakes. There are total 34 lakes in the state, that all add an extra feather to its cap of beauty. The quiet and sparkling water of the lake fascinate every visitor. Some of the most beautiful and worth visit lakes of Kerala are:

Akkulam Lake

Akkulam lake is situated 3 km away from the junction of Ulloor in Thiruvananthapuram city. It is one of the most happening picnic spot of the city, the scenic beauty of the lake attracts everyone. The bank of the lake is the perfect destination for tourists, which houses boat club, swimming pool, Anthurium project, children's park and even a snack bar. In fact the Children's park here is one of the largest one in the whole state. Sunbath at its bank in leisure and boating here will make your holiday worthwhile.

Ashtamudi Lake

Ashtamudi lake is located in Kollam district, which is the most visited site of the district. Spread over an area of the 1700 sq km Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest lake of Kerala. With its superb green surroundings and picturesque sights, the lake dazzle the Kollam district. Fringed into its eight branches, the lake is also known as 'Octopus Lake' or 'Palm Lake'. Enriched with several minerals, the lake strengthen the ecosystem and houses 96 species of fish, two endangered species of plants, migratory birds and other aquatic creatures. Chinese fishing nets are the main attraction of the lake, which are only found in this region.

Pookode Lake

This splendid lake is situated 3 km away from Vythiri town, in Wayanad district. The wonderful surroundings of the lake are breathtaking. Located in the lap of magnificent rolling hills, garnished with lovely flowers and greenery the lake mesmerizes the tourists. Boat ride along with the groups of water birds and water lilies will tickle you with thrill. Also at the lake shore herds of monkeys and deer can be seen.

Shashthamkota Lake

Shashthamkota Lake is a fresh water lake, also known as ''Queen of Lakes''. This admirable lake is situated 19 km from the district of Kollam, spread over an area of 375 hectares. Set amidst the lap of seductive hillocks on its three sides, the lake has also its pretty spiritual importance as the holy Shashtha temple is located at its shore. Blessed with rich flora & fauna and flourished vegetation, the lakes provides drinking water to approx 10 millions people.

Vembanad Lake

Spread over a huge area of 12,504 hectares, Vembanad lake is the longest lakes of India and the largest in Kerala as well. Situated at a distance of 15 km from Kottayam district, this lavish lake reveals all the wonders of nature. The lake is one of the most favorite backwater tourist destination in the state with boating, fishing and houseboat like facilities. The beautiful islands like Pathiramal, Perumbalam, Pallipuram etc around the lake are the worth visit attractions of the lake.