Ashtamudi Backwaters

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: Varying prices for different packages.
Time Required
Three hours or Full day.
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Honeymoon Couples and Families.

Quick Info

The Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest lake in Kerala. The tourism department in Kollam offers boat rides and houseboat cruises in the backwaters of Ashtamudi. The best time to visit the Ashtamudi Backwaters is between the months of October and April. The backwaters are situated 18 km away from Kollam. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the backwater from the main town area of Kollam.

Rankings & Ratings

The second largest lake in Kerala.
Editor's Rankings

#1 in 5 Things to Do in Kollam
#1 in 3 Sightseeing Spots in Kollam
#2 in 2 Canoe Rides in Kollam
#3 in 3 Sightseeing Spots in Kollam
#2 in 2 Boatings in Kollam
#1 in 1 Houseboats in Kollam

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

Ashtamudi Backwaters is a serene sightseeing place where tourists can enjoy canoe rides and houseboats. The houseboat cruises are simply wonderful, offering all modern amenities. The tranquil scenes make the experience unforgettable.


  •  Excellent houseboat cruises.
  • The views are extremely pleasant.
  • The atmosphere is tranquil.
  • The water is relatively clean.
  • Great food in the houseboat.


  • It tends to get hot in the afternoons.
  • Can not really enjoy the backwaters in less time.

Detailed Info

Ashtamudi Backwaters is one of the most visited sightseeing spots in Kerala. The lake is 16 kilometres long, making it the second largest lake in the entire state of Kerala. The name 'Ashtamudi' means eight-cornered. Ashtamudi Lake is named that way because it has eight channels. The lake flows though the Neendakara estuary and ends up joining the Arabian Sea. The tourism department in Kollam offers canoe rides, boating facility and houseboat cruises through the backwaters of Ashtamudi.

The most famous houseboat cruise through the backwaters is the trip from Kollam to Alleppey. The eight-hour journey will give you glimpses of Kerala's beauty in the most unique way, etching an unforgettable memory in your mind. The gentle canoe rides allow you to enjoy the splendour of the backwaters while you hear the chirping of delightful birds and cherish the sights of palm groves and coconut trees on the edge of the lake. The tranquillity that exists during the sunset is unmatchable.