Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest lake in Kerala, located about 18 kilometres away from Kollam city. It is a 16-kilometre long lake with eight channels. The lake flows through the Neendakara Estuary and later joins the Arabian Sea. The serene backwaters of Ashtamudi offer beautiful opportunities for boating and canoeing. Houseboat cruises and Shikkara rides are also available but they are very limited in number.
Among all the houseboat cruises offered in Kerala, the one from Kollam to Alleppey is the most popular one. It is an 8-hour cruise, offering a memorable experience of the entire backwater stretch of Kerala. The chirping of birds and views of palm and coconut groves on the shores make the experience an unforgettable one. During sunset, the backwaters take on an unmatched charm, therefore offering an especially picturesque view.
Munroe Island is a scenic village set on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. While the lake is on one side of the island, the Kallada River is on the other side. The beautiful island, with its zigzag canals, is truly a gift from nature. Munroe Island offers a special backwater village tour in a canoe. It is a unique experience that every traveler must try at least once during his lifetime. The tour offers a perfect glimpse of the backwater villages of Kerala in their raw self. You are taken far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and you just get engrossed into the village life. The canoe gently cruises through water-bound villages and criss-cross waterways. The tranquil waters and the raw greenery all around is a feast to the eyes. During the tour, you might get a chance to see a reptile or taste an exotic spice. The tour lasts for about 3 hours.
The best time to visit the Ashtamudi Backwaters is between the months of October and April.