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.
Club Mahindra backwaters retreat at Ashtamudi is a great place to relax and enjoy nature. It is located in southern Kerala. It is about 7 kilometers from Kollam and 90 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram airport. This is one of the good resorts of club Mahindra. The location is calm and serene. This place gives you a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of Kollam town. There is no rush of activity or lots of people around. We took one of the floating cottages and it is worth all the money spent on it. If you read any Club Mahindra complaints don’t believe it. My experience with them was very good. The resort staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were very nicely maintained and clean. The food served was multi-cuisine and had lot of variations. The AC in my room was very noisy. I even complained to the hotel staff and they fixed it. It was a good experience overall. We lived in a floating cottage which had a single bedroom, attached bath and a sit-out balcony overall a very nice cottage. The resort has hammocks to laze around and overall gives a very comfortable feeling. I enjoyed my trip to Ashtamudi very much and would recommend the Club Mahindra resort to everyone.ReplyDelete
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