Vemband Lake

If you want to experience the beautiful and accessible part of the famous backwaters in Kerala, then the Vembanad backwater stretch which is situated in Ernakulam, Alapuzha and Kottayam area should definitely be on your itinerary. Vembanadu Lake is known as the longest lake in South Asia and has been listed as among the most prestigious Ramsar sites, as well as being rich in bio-diversity. The north Vembanadu Lake leads to the sea at Cochin harbour.

The southern Vembanadu Lake is globally recognized for its natural beauty and wide expanse of water, located between Alapuzha and Kottayam. This is among the most visited South India location and is a global tourist hot spot owing to its scenic beauty and charm. The presence of houseboat tourism has contributed to the popularity of the backwaters popular. Tourists have the luxury of renting a houseboat for the night for an unmatched experience in the midst of natural beauty. 

Malayalam is the official state language.


Travel Tips

The best time to visit Vembanad Lake is between the winter months of November and March when the weather is pleasant for outdoor exploration. This is also the perfect time to catch a glimpse of a number of migratory birds.


When to visit

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sprinkles Hot
  • 35° Max
  • 30° Min
  • 20.8 mm
  • Light clothes
Things to do

Vembanad Lake is among the largest lakes in India, providing guests with a beautiful lakeside experience. Tourists can avail of the boat rides on offer where they have the luxury of taking hourly or day cruises from either Alleppey or Kumarakom jetties. Tourists looking to experience a backwater and lakeside experience can choose from a range of overnight houseboat cruises at ex-Alleppey.

Getting Around

On land, the best way to explore the region is by auto rickshaw or cabs; tourists can also hire bicycles and motorcycles. However, to explore the backwaters, there are a number of motorboats which can be hired for a day tour. Luxury houseboats are available for overnight tours of the surrounding natural beauty.

Places to Stay

There are some lake view resort where the traveller can stay.

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport to Vembanad Lake is the Kochi International Airport which connects the city to other parts of the country and the world.
  • The nearest railway station is the Kottayam railway station
  • The area is well-connected by roads through state and National highways

Surrounding Attractions

One can visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is located on the eastern banks of Vembanad Lake. The sanctuary will particularly appeal to birdwatchers as one can spot a host of migratory birds which are of the exotic variety.

Emergency No.

Police Station, Kumarakom 

Telephone: +91-481-2524339


Government Medical College Kottayam

Telephone: +91-481-2597284, +91-481-2597279