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Ashtamudi Backwaters

Ashtamudi literally means , eight branches, depicting the complex topography of this sprawling backwaters.

This is the second largest backwaters in Kerala, the biggest being the Vembanad lake located north of Ashtamudi. Interestingly these two lakes are connected through the canals (National Waterway 3) with boat services connecting the two.

Kollam is boasted as the gateway to the backwater tourism in Kerala. Ashtamudi backwaters almost cover 30% of Kollam district. The main entry point for the backwaters is in the Kollam town, right next to the bus station (KSRTC Bus stand). This is about 2km from the railway station (Quilon Jn).

The shores of the Ashtamudi is thickly palm fringed and populated. The houseboat and ferry services are located around the town part of the lakeside (near Kollam boat jetty). You'll also find a good number of hotels,home stays and resorts around the fringes of Ashtamudi backwaters.

Brick Kiln in Ashtamudi Backwaters
Brick Kiln in Ashtamudi Backwaters
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Backwaters of Kerala : Top 3
Backwaters of Kerala : Top 3

Estuaries, lagoons, lakes and a network of interconnecting canals make the bulk of its backwater tourism. Kerala has plenty of backwater tourism hotspots, however some backwater destinations are immensely popular.

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Kollam to Alappuzha Backwater Cruise
Kollam to Alappuzha Backwater Cruise

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Achankovil

Kerala backwaters on a shoestring budget
Kerala backwaters on a shoestring budget

The pomp and fanfare apart, touring backwaters of Kerala in houseboat is an expensive affair. The rates are usually steep, running into a couple of thousand rupees per night, even during the off season.

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