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Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake is the longest lake in India and the largest in Kerala. As the lake spans several districts in Kerala, it is known by different names in different regions, like Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad and Kochi Lake in Kochi. Vembanad Lake is famous for its backwaters, where people can enjoy cruising in beautiful houseboats. The picturesque beauty and tranquility of the lake allure tourists from all over the world. Several houseboats are lined up on the lake, which adds to the lake's beauty and makes it more enchanting.

Events and Programme in Vembanad Lake

The lake plays host to the famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race during the Onam season. People from different regions participate in the race, which makes it a popular event. It is one of the well-known attractions in Kerala and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The lake is identified under the National Wetlands Conservation Programme by the government. You can also spot a variety of migratory birds on the lake. The famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the east coast of the lake.

Tourist Attractions in Vembanad Lake

It is one of the most popular lakes in Kerala and an ideal spot to enjoy a backwater tour. This lake allows you to observe the natural beauty from a boat and enjoy birdwatching. However, you can also find many other attractions while visiting this lake. The following are some of the famous tourist attractions around Vembanad Lake, which you can explore while on a Vembanad Lake Tour-

  • Backwater Cruise: A boat ride on the Vembanad Lake is the lake's main attraction. It offers a close look at the life in the villages - the fishers in their small boats in search of fish and the famed Chinese fishing nets.
  • Vallam Kali: This is a significant attraction on the Vembanad Lake. This is a snake boat race, extremely popular in the region, held annually in August.
  • Pathiramanal: A beautiful little island on the Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal can be reached only by boat. This place is set to be developed as a prime tourist spot.

Best Time to visit

November to March is the best time to visit Vembanad Lake. During this time, the weather is pleasant and you can explore the tranquil waters and enjoy the outdoor activities.

How to Reach

For a Vembanad Lake tour, you can reach it by these means of transport.

  • By Air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport. It is well-connected with major Indian cities and is situated around 81 km away from the lake.
  • By Rail: The closest railhead is the Ernakulam Railway Junction in Kochi. It is located approx. 57 km away, it is a busy railway station from where you can get taxis to reach Vembanad Lake.
  • By Road: You can use public transport services like buses, cabs, or auto-rickshaw to reach Vembanad Lake by road.

This lake is one of the most attractive tourist places in Alleppey that gives a treat to your eyes. Its natural charm will blow your mind and give you a fantastic sight to witness. So plan your Alleppey tour, including a visit to this lake, to make your vacation more fascinating. We at Indian Holiday provide the best tour packages for Alleppey and allow you to modify the itinerary as per your choices.

Nearby Restaurants

For a quick snack, head to these restaurants near Vembanad Lake

  • Vembanad Sea Food Bar
  • Kilikkodu Toddy Shop and Family Restaurant
  • Ettukettu Specialty Restaurant
  • Nishant’s Restaurant (Hotel Lake View)
  • Lake Lagoon Sea Food Restaurant
  • The Waterside – Karma Chakra
  • Vembanad Multi-Cuisine Restaurant

This lake is one of the most attractive tourist places in Alleppey that gives a treat to your eyes. Its natural charm will blow your mind and give you a fantastic sight to witness. So plan your Alleppey tour, including a visit to this lake, to make your vacation more fascinating. We at Indian Holiday provide the best tour packages for Alleppey and allow you to modify the itinerary as per your choices.