The longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad Lake is also the second largest wetland system in India, second only to the Sunderbans.
The lake is a part of the Vembanad-Kol wetland system which extends from Alappuzha in the south to Azheekkode in the north, making it by far, India's longest lake at just over 96.5 km in length. The lake is fed by 10 rivers flowing into it including the six major rivers of central Kerala namely the Achenkovil, Manimala, Meenachil river, Muvattupuzha river, Pamba and Periyar.
Kuttanad, also known as The Rice Bowl of Kerala, has the lowest altitude in India, and is also one of the few places in world where cultivation takes place below sea level. Kuttanad lies on the southern portion of Vembanad. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted in a part of the lake. The most popular location on the shores of the lake is the Kumarakom Tourist Village situated on the east coast of the lake. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the northern fringes of Kumarakom village.
Vembanad Lake is at the heart of Kerala Backwaters tourism with hundreds of kettuvallams plying on it and numerous resorts on its banks.
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Sterling Lake Palace Alleppey is centrally located around 14 acres of lush greenery and calm water bodies, parallel to the Vembanad lake. Explore this natural wonder from the comfort of your resort!
Alleppey Backwaters1 hr
One does not visit Alleppey and not take a boat trip down the gorgeous backwaters of Alleppey – It’s simply not done!
Marari Beach2 hrs
One of the calmest beaches in India, Marari Beach sees fewer tourists than most other commercial beaches, and is one of the best places on the west coast to view a spectacular sunrise and sunset.
Alleppey Beach2 hrs
One Liner: One of the most beautiful places to visit in Alleppey, Alleppey Beach is one of the most scenic and tranquil destinations in the city.
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple2 hrs
One of the seven greatest Vaishnava temples in Travancore, this temple is believed to have been built during 15th century AD by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran.
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple2hrs
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple in Haripad is a very ancient and internationally known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods (Nagaraja). The famous Nagaraja temple "Mannarasala" in Haripad is nestled in a forest glade, like most snake temples.
Pathiramanal is a bird watcher’s paradise. This small island on the backwaters is a safe haven for hundreds of rare migrating birds.
Canal Bazaar1 hr
A one-of-a-kind bazaar in India, the Canal Bazaar is must visit for spice lovers!
Krishnapuram Palace2 hrs
The Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha. The Krishnapuram Palace, as one of the finest and rarest examples of a typical Keralite-style architecture, known in the local language as Pathinarukettu, is complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. It is a miniature replica of Padmanabhapuram Palace, which was the headquarters of Travancore Rajas.
Arthunkal Church1 hr
St. Andrew's Church, Arthunkal is one of the famous pilgrim centres located at Alappuzha in South India. It is the largest shrine of St Sebastian in the world.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary1 hr
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is among the most popular bird watching spots in the country. Spread out over 14 hectares, one comes across numerous rare avian species in these parts.