8 Most Beautiful Lakes in Kerala

Kerala has been blessed with innumerable waterways, one of which are placid lakes in Kerala. How about enjoying a memorable cruise on the serene waters of these lakes and savor the tranquil ambiance. Spread across different cities and towns, Kerala’s lakes enhance the beauty of God’s Own country. There are as many as 34 lakes here, not only for leisure but also host water sports and annual boat races.

1. Ashtamudi Lake

Ashtamudi Lake

Known to be the ‘gateway to the backwaters of Kerala’, the Ashtamudi Lake is the state’s second largest lake and spreads in an area of 1700 square km. The lake is called home by about 100 species of fishes and around 60 avifauna species. The banks of the lake have coconut groves, backwater canals, palm trees spreading through towns and villages.

The lake has 8 arms, like an octopus and so it is called Ashtamudi. The surroundings of the lake are extremely peaceful and picturesque. There are a number of islands which can be explored through a houseboat cruise. This lake is quite popular amid honeymooning couples. The 8-hour houseboat cruise amid Kollam and Alleppey, offering varied experiences must not be missed.

Famous for: Romantic getaway; Houseboat ride between Kollam and Alleppey

Best time to visit: September – March

How to reach: Trivandrum International Airport / Kollam Junction

2. Periyar Lake

Periyar Lake: best lakes in kerala

Formed after the construction of dam across River Mullaperiyar in 1895, the tranquil Periyar Lake boasts of a unique aquatic ecosystem. Various little islets and submerged trees trunks can be spotted in the lake, which lies within the boundaries of the popular Periyar National Park. Visitors enjoy wildlife spotting through boat rides.

The banks of the scenic Periyar Lake are known to be the site where animals come to satiate their thirst. A cruise through the lake is replete with cool breeze and lush views. This ride is going to be of one and a half hours. Bamboo rafting is also offered here.

Famous for: Wildlife spotting and Bird watching through boat ride

Best time to visit: October – March

How to reach: Cochin International Airport / Kottayam Railway Station

3. Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake: beautiful lakes in kerala

The largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad Lake is also one of the most popular lakes in Kerala, known for offering memorable experiences. Around 15 km from Kottayam, it is India’s longest lake. A number of rivers flow into this lake and it also has a wide-ranging wetland system. The lake is segregated into fresh water and brackish lake.  The lake is popular for houseboat cruise, fishing and bird watching.

Vembanad Lake is known by various names locally. The lake becomes the venue of the very famous annual event of Nehru Trophy Boat Race. The contrast of green coconut fringes lining the azure waters look stunning. Visit Patharimanal Island or Kumarakom bird sanctuary.

Famous for: Bird watching through houseboat cruise; snake boat race during Onam; Family picnics

Best time to visit: November – March

How to reach: Cochin International Airport / Kottayam Railway Station

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4. Pookode Lake

Pookode Lake in Kerala

One of the most beautiful lakes in Kerala, Pookode Lake is nestled amid the hills and valleys of Wayanad in the northern region of the state. Enjoy the beautiful sight of water lilies. The lake is known for offering memorable sunrise and sunset views and thus is visited by a huge number of tourists. The lake is 2 hours away by road from Kozhikode. The shape of this freshwater lake is like India’s map.

Sail on the Pookode Lake and spot a monkey swinging on trees. Admire the rare site of herds of deer grazing on the shore. Opt for a pedal boat ride in the lake. There is Children’s park and Soochipara waterfalls nearby. This water body is sandwiched amid evergreen forest and Western Ghats. The place is ideal for nature lovers and photographers.

Famous for: Family picnics; Pedal boat ride

Best time to visit: December – March

How to reach: Calicut International Airport / Kozhikode Railway Station

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5. Vellayani Lake

Vellayani Lake: Beautiful Lake in Kerala

If you are visiting Kovalam, do not miss a visit to the mesmerizing Vellayani Lake with breathtaking surroundings. This freshwater lake is just 9 km from Trivandrum. The lake water is so clean that it shines like a mirror on a moonlit night. A road divides this peaceful lake into two. It is said that the lake was formed when a beggar asked for some water from a meditating saint.

Locally known as Vellayani Kayal and Kochu Kovalam, Vellayani Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Trivandrum. The lake is visited by locals as well as tourists in huge numbers at the time of boat race during Onam. The lake surroundings are charming and serene.

Famous for: Romantic getaway; boat race during Onam festival

Best time to visit: September – March

How to reach: Trivandrum International Airport / Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station

6. Paravur Lake

Paravur Lake in Kerala

Paravur Lake or Paravur Kayal is a comparatively smaller but a wonderful lake. The lake is connected to the Arabian Sea, adding to its charm. Covering an area of 6.62 square km, the lake is ending point of River Ithikkara. Enjoy a backwater cruise in this placid lake.

Placed on the picturesque Malabar Coast, Paravur Lake offers opportunities for surfing, swimming and boating. It is placed near the beautiful Paravur fishing village, which must also be explored. The lake is 15 km from Varkala and 20 km from Kollam. Both the sides of the lake have mangroves.

Famous for: Adventure activities; Priyadarshini Boat Club; Romantic locales

Best time to visit: September – February

How to reach: Trivandrum International Airport / Kollam Junction

7. Punnamada Lake

Punnamada Lake in Kerala

Punnamada Lake is known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in Kerala, expanding in a number of districts of the state. Due to the same reason, it has got various names, for example, Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad, and Kochi Lake in Kochi. It is basically a part of the Vembanad Lake. As the lake surrounds 3 main islands of Kerala, Pathiramanal, Perumbalam and Pallippuram, it becomes popular for bird watching.

Punnamada Lake becomes the venue of Nehru Trophy boat Race at the time of Onam festival, when there is huge footfall of spectators. Punnamada wetland system spreads in an area of 2033.02 square km and thus is the largest wetland system in India. Lush vegetation, areca nut and coconut trees surround the lake.

Famous for: Boat race during Onam; Bird Watching

Best time to visit: December to May

How to reach: Kozhikode Airport / Kozhikode Railway Station

8. Sasthamkotta Lake

Sasthamkotta Lake in Kerala

The largest freshwater lake in Kerala, Sasthamkotta Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Lakes, it has waters that are fit for drinking. An ancient Sastha temple is a must-visit. Boats are also available to the temple. The temple have been blessed by the presence of some plants of rare species.

It is around 29 km from the Kollam town. Visit Sasthamkotta Lake and savor the wonderful views of the surrounding hills. Feel close to nature, away from the hustle-bustle of the city life. Modern geologists have declared it as a Ramsar wetland ecosystem. The lake has 27 freshwater fish species, prawns, various native as well as migratory birds.

Famous for: Sastha temple; Abundant natural scenery; Peaceful surroundings

Best time to visit: August – March

How to reach: Trivandrum International Airport / Kollam Junction

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Geetika Handa

is a travel writerwho has an interest in sharing her experiences with all. She provides a detailed account of any travel topic she chooses to write on. You can get detailed information and tips about choosing the right kind of holiday packages in the country from her write-ups.

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2 Responses

  1. Preeti Gautam says:

    Nice Post Dear. The way you described each and everything with pictures is just awesome.

  2. twinkle says:

    Its every pictures shows the beauty of lakes. I really enjoy the all pics in blogs this contents describe all lakes beauty.

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