South India - Tourist Attractions - Vembanad Lake Kumarakom
Being one of the most prominent backwater destinations in Kerala, the Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom welcomes a large flock of tourists every year. The serene and calm Vembanad Lake is a quintessential place to hang out and enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Vembanad Lake also called Vembanad Kayal, provides the perfect setting for boating, fishing, sightseeing, and bird watching.
Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom gathered its fame across the world for being one of Asia's largest freshwater lakes. Also, it is the longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala. The Vembanad Lake spans across three districts and is known by the names, Vembanadu Lake in Kottayam, Punnamada Lake in Alleppey and Kochi Lake in Kochi.
A houseboat ride through the Vembanad Lake is the most demanding activity at this backwater destination. The world famous Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race held at this Lake is so stunning and an event worth to watch. The adorable Pathiramanal Island that is surrounded by the Vembanad Lake is the prime tourist attraction here
Nearby places to visit
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramanal Island, Kumarakom beach, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls.
Best time to visit
October to March is the best time to visit Vembanad Lake, during which the weather is pleasant, and the lake is ideal for boating.
Ways to reach
By Air : The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport which is at a distance of 82 kilometers from the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom.
By Train : The nearest railway station is Kottayam Railway Station which is at a distance of 13.4 kilometers from the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom.
By Road : As it is situated on state highway SH-42, KSRTC buses, Private buses and taxis are easily available to reach the Vembanad lake.