Vembanad Lake is a lagoon located in the district of Alleppey in the South-Indian state of Kerala. This expansive lake/ lagoon is the second largest in the country and is accessible from Kottayam, Kuttanad, and Kochi. Kerala, Gods Own Country, is known as a famous tourist destination all across the world and so is the Vembanad Lake for its tranquil backwaters amidst mesmerizing natural surroundings. Vembanad is what makes backwater tourism what it is today. One has to come and witness the pristine lake to experience Gods Own Country at its best.
Vembanad Lake is known by different names in different regions of Kerala. It is called the Kochi Lake in Kochi, the Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad and as Vembanad in Kottayam. Locals also call it Vembanad Kol or Vembanad Kayal. One may go boating in the beautiful lagoon and explore the islands lined with lush green coconut trees. A houseboat stay is another way to explore the backwaters. The Ramsar Convention has defined the Lake as a Wetland of International Importance. The lake proves to be essential for the locals that live by the shore as their livelihood depends on the lake waters. Tourists searching for a perfect backwater destination need not worry anymore, because Vembanad Lake is the ideal backwater destination for one and all.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Vembanad Lake is during the winters or the tourist season which is between September and March as the weather stays pleasant throughout the day and the lake water level is safe for boating, fishing, and other activities.
Opening and Closing Time
Visiting Time: 24 hours
Suggested duration: 4-5 hours
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Near By Attraction
Eco Trails Kerala
Hotels available near Vembanad Lake
The distance between Alleppey Railway Station and Vembanad Lake is 25.5 miles or 22.1 nautical miles
Application Availability Which Saves Some Money
Zomato, Swiggy(Provide lip-smacking food at a cheap price).
Uber, Ola(Provide 24/7 Cab Services).
Interesting facts about Vembanad Lake
The wetland of Vembanad creates an environment suitable for flora and fauna found in the region. Tourists frequently visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located on the coast of the lake for an exciting bird-watching experience. One can find a large population of Waterfowl along with other birds like the Cuckoo, the Owl, the Egret, Heron, Brahminy Kite, Parrot, Flycatcher, Lark, Teal, the Siberian Crane etc.
With a vast expanse covered by the lake waters, boating is but an apparent activity to indulge in when visiting the lake. Sailing in the tranquil waters and exploring the surroundings will put everyone at peace and making them live in the moment without a worry about the world. Tourists can choose from Day Boat Tours of Night Boat Tours according to their convenience. These tours include exploring the nearby markets, freshly prepared local food on the boat as you sail through the serene waters of Lake Vembanad. The Night Tours, in particular, include a fabulous sunset boat ride that continues into the night when the lights are dimmed, and tourists are allowed to soak in the cool breeze under the starlit skies.
Staying on a houseboat is the best way to explore the lake waters. One may choose to stay in either the Kettuvellam Houseboats or the Punting houseboats. These are the boats that tourists will find in plenty here. They are made logs from the wood of jackfruit trees and tied together with coconut fiber. There are houseboats with 1/ 2/ 3/ 4 bedrooms to suit the tourist's requirements and have a variety of amenities like air-conditioning, sun-decks, massages services, spa treatments etc. Houseboats are a perfect way to unwind on a family vacation or on a corporate outing. There are many vendors to choose from that charge anything between INR 4000 to INR 21000 per person/ per night depending on the amenities provided. The tours also include scrumptious local cuisine, market trips, fishing in the lake and sight-seeing in some of the neighboring villages.