Ashtamudi Lake is the most popular place in Kollam, which is surrounded by lush green trees and swaying coconut palms. It possesses a unique wetland ecosystem and a large palm-shaped water body, second only in size to the Vembanad estuary ecosystem of the state. ‘Ashta’ means eight and ‘mudi’ means coned, the name is indicative of the lake’s topography with its multiple branches. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Fishing is another activity which can be done in the rich waters of Ashtamudi Lake. The best time to visit this wondrous beauty is from November until the end of March when climatic conditions are cool and pleasant. Nearest railway station: Kollam Junction, about 2 km. Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 70 km
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