The vast array of rivers and canals that Kottayam is blessed with, empty themselves into the picturesque Vembanad Lake. It is a lovely place to go for a picnic and has also turned into a prominent backwater destination. There are many boating, fishing and sightseeing options available in the area. The Kumarakom Tourist Village has many house boating and holiday packages available. Onam brings new life to these waters with stunning Snake Boat Races. As oarsmen in large numbers dictate the rhythm of the water underneath, one is transported to a new dimension altogether.
This is known to be the longest lake in India located at Kumarakom and the largest in Kerala. It is addressed by different names at different locations- Kochi Lake in Kochi and Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad. The lake provides fishing, boating and sightseeing experiences that ensure a visitor spends a fun day at the lake. The snake boat races, a traditional part of Kerala’s culture are held at this place. This is an ideal location for a family vacation or picnic. On the East side of the lake lies the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is also a popular toutrist attraction.