Ashtamudi the water paradise is an important backwater tourism hub in Kerala. It is the second largest and the deepest wetland ecosystem. It is next to the Vembanad Lake of Kerala. As per its name the lake branches off into eight different waterways during its course. This lake is famous for its house boat cruising option. It is a relaxed way of exploring the once upon a time port city of Kollam. Ashatamudi is popularly known as the gateway to the backwaters. It offers plenty of sight seeing opportunities. Places to visit and activities to do around Ashatamudi are:
Kollam Boat Jetty The lake begins from the south connecting the Thiruvananthapuram water canal to Alapuzha touching Kadavoor bridge, with peninsular areas of water and tourism resorts to Kureepuzha, Thrikkadavoor temple. Kollam was earlier a trade centre for cashew nut, tobacco, coir, timber, fish, and khadi. It is now a popular tourist spot due to the Ashtamudi Lake.
It is the turning point to Alapuzha, the state water route and the largest part of the lake.
It is another lake within the Ashtamudi lake,smaller in size, facing the Kallada river on one side and is popular for Tourism.
Veerabhadra Temple This temple is located on the eastern shore of Ashtamudi Lake almost in the middle of the lake shore and this is proper Ashtamudi – a marginal land area of 2 kms in length with water on 3 sides
is the main attraction for lake everywhere. The boats are mechanized ones with carrying capacity of 10 plus, speed boats for 3 plus and double Decker passenger boats for 50 plus are available. A journey of minimum 2 hours to 5 hours will give the satisfaction. It is trendy to stay in the house boats and they are extremely popular with the tourists.