Lake is famous for being the second largest one in Kerala. The lake spans over
more than 16 km in length. Located in the district of Kollam, the lake occupies
more than 30% of the area of the town called Kollam.
name of the lake, Ashtamuddi,
combines two words, Ashta that means 8
and Muddi that means a branch. Thus,
the Ashtamuddi Lake comprises 8
branches that combine into a channel flowing down into the Arabian Sea. Each of
the branches of the Ashtamuddi Lake is
named differently, viz., Kandachira Lake,
Thevally Lake, Kureepuzha Lake, Kallada Lake, Thekkumbagham Lake, Perumon Lake,
Kanjirottu Lake and Kumbalathu Lake.
of the main rivers, Kallada feeds the lake. The lake is beautifully surrounded
by the palm and coconut trees. Not only are the banks of the lake, but the
entire area in the close vicinity to the lake is covered by the trees in
lake derives a different kind of the look because of the Chinese fishing nets
that it is laid with. Apart from the palm and coconut trees, there is beautiful
greenery and various types of bushes at the banks. The site is really a treat
for the Nature lovers!
lake is almost perfect if you feel like escaping the cacophonous noise of the
city life and calm down your unnerved spirits. You may also hire one of the
motorboats available that usually accommodate 2 to 14 individuals and rush to
enjoy the site of the lake backwaters.
More on Ashtamudi Lake
Flora, Fauna and Aquatic
Life at Ashtamudi Lake
The Ashtamudi estuary is widely
recognized for its wide range of the mangroves. Out of the 43 species, 2 are
considered as endangered. The species help developing marine bio-reserve. With
the preservation of these mangrove species, the scope of the eco-tourism is
also enhanced. But an accelerated transformation of wetlands into paddy fields does
endanger the species.
Also, there are 57 bird species
including 6 that are migratory. The majority of these birds are dependent on
the wet lands. Plovers, terns, herons, and cormorants are the most popular of
the birds here. Functioning as a part of the biosphere, the lake provides for
45 insect species including 26 species of butterflies. Besides, a number of
clams and fish also inhabit the water body.
Ashtamudy Lake is widely recognized
for being the largest fishery next to the Vembanad Lake. Thousands of the
families earn their bread and butter by means of catching and selling fish and
also the inter-related activities. The Lake water also provides for as many as
9 kinds of the phytoplanktons. Apart from maintaining a balance, the
phytoplanktons help replenish the water body also. Thus, needless to say, Ashtamudi
Lake is a boon for the environment and should be preserved.
Ashtamudi Lake Islands
As the Lake is a highly expanded water body over a large
area, its geographical structure and the huge size have resulted in the
formation of a number of little islands. Three of these are widely recognized
viz., Munroe Island, Thekkumbhagom Island and Chavara Island. Munroe Island is
a group of 8 little islands. All of them are home to tropical bushes and trees.
However, they are not inhabited by people due to their small geographical area.
But you may find houseboats encircling the islands.
However, Chavara island is a rich
resource of minerals. Thus there are quite a few factories and the island is an
Thekkumbhagom, the rural island would
give you a highly rustic feel. It is also historically important to the epic
poetry composed in Malayalam. Ramachandrvilasam
was composed at Thekkumbhagom. Also,
paying a visit to the village would allow you to gain awareness of the lives of
the coconut farmers and the fishermen. There is a temple that is known to be
1000 years old. There is also a 200 years old church. Whenever you visit there,
you will get a feel of the yesteryears.
The Traditional Houseboats of Kerala
Ashtamudi Lake is a little biosphere in its own. Not only
the flora and fauna in and around the lake are carefully studied, perseverance
is maintained to make the tourist spot eco-friendly.
There are a number of rentals for houseboats that consider
various requirements and budgets. If you do not feel like renting a houseboat, you
can enjoy a brief boat ride. Besides, you may either avail of a private or a
government motorboat ride. However, if you really want to enjoy a stay at the
motor boat, hire it for a night at least. The boat would be equipped with a
Captain to manage it. Besides, there will be a Chef to cook as per your
preferences. Most of the Chefs at the houseboats are experts at preparing the
sea food, apart from the Kerala delicacies.
All of the house boats, including the smallest ones have at
least one room and common area in the open at the front part of the boat. The
boat ride is highly pleasant when the water is calm and the air is fresh. The
house boats usually accommodate 2-15 people. Some of the boats are highly
sophisticated. They are well equipped with game rooms and swimming pools. Thus,
going for a vacation on a houseboat is a peaceful, but a nice experience in
You will also find a number of villas and resorts on the
banks of the Lake. Besides, while looking for a suitable stay, you will come
across not only 5 Star Hotels, but also Airbnb accommodations, apart from
various choices to opt from. Some of the hotels also organize the shows
presenting the Classical Kerala Dances and Theatre performances and Kathakali and Mohiniattam dance performances leave the audiences spell bound.
History of Ashtamudi Lake
Ashtamundi Lake and the Quilon Port hold a highly important
place in the world history. The Morrocon scholar Ibn Battuta refers to Quilon
as one among the five most important ports for the Chinese trade in his 24 year
sojourn. Ibn Battuta is known to have travelled across the world. What’s more, various histories in the world
have recorded the Lake including the Portugal, Chinese Mandarin and the Persian
histories. Besides, the Lake is also specified whenever the Dutch and the
British occupations (1795 AD) are talked about. Moreover, the Lake is highly
important as Velu Thampi, the famous freedom fighter had started the rebellion
against the rule of the British from here only.
Best Time to Visit Ashtamudi Lake
Visit the lake during the sunsets as
Lake looks quite different at that time and the experience is really worth it.
How to Reach Ashtamudi Lake?
Kollam Junction (2 km) is the
nearest Railway Station. Trivandrum International Airport (70 km) is the nearest
airport. You may hire an auto rickshaw or a cab to reach the Lake from here.