5 Feb 2014

Posted by Chirstina Rose on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 No comments
Vembanad Lake is one of the finest tourist destinations in the southern state of India
. It is the longest lake in India and also the largest lake in Kerala. It is even considered to be one of the largest lakes in the country. The lake stretches over several districts of Kerala and is known with diverse names in diverse locality, such as Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad and Kochi Lake in Kochi. The lake is situated at a distance of about 16 km from the main town of Kottayam.

The globally renowned port of Kochi is situated close to two islands, namely Willingson and Vallarpadam Islands, in the section of this lake that is known as Kochi Lake. Another chief highlight about this lake is that the internationally renowned Nehru Trophy Boat Race is organized in a portion of this lake, which is known as Punnamada Lake in the Kuttanad region.

The first prime minister of India after independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, visited Kerala in the year 1952. He was given a warm and hearty welcome by the people of the state. On his visit to this southern state of India, he was escorted in a snake boat. After experiencing the thrill of travelling on a snake boat, the prime minister dedicated a rolling trophy to the winner of the snake boat race. The trophy presented to the winner of this race is a replica of the snake boat in sliver, which is placed on a wooden stand. People from all over India and even foreign tourists come to witness this exciting boat race, which is organized in the month of August, every year. Participants from different villages come to participate in this race and they take it as honor if they win the race.

Vembanad Lake is also popular as a perfect picnic spot and is also considered as one of the fascinating backwater destinations in the region of Kerala. This lake covers an area of about 80 km and the banks of this lake is beautifully dotted with evergreen forests and coconut trees, which is a home to diverse species of birds. The lake is popular among the tourists for its lush green surroundings, captivating boat cruises, fishing and sightseeing tours.

Apart from all these, the Vembanad Lake is known for the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is placed on the eastern banks of the lake. The sanctuary is regarded as a paradise for the bird watchers as it is inhabited by diverse species of migratory birds. Apart from the birds, the lake is also inhabited with animals, flora and reptiles. All these special features about this lake make it one of the top tourist destinations in Kerala. So, next time when you visit this state, do not forget to experience the beautiful wonders of this lake.


The surrounding areas of this lake are dotted with a resort and a number of cottages which are equipped with almost all the modern amenities.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Vembanad Lake is from November to March.

How to Reach

By Road: The nearest place to reach this lake through road is Kottayam town, which is located at a distance of about 16 km. Frequent bus services are available to this lake from Kottayam bus stand.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to this lake is Kottayam Railway Station, located at a distance of about 13 km.

By Air: The nearest airport to this lake is Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of about is about 63 km.