A lake that resembles much to the shape of palm conifer or an octopus, Ashtamudi Lake or the ‘Gateway to Kerala Backwaters’ is a much coveted tourist attraction in Kerala. Flaunting its enchanting beauty in Kollam, this awe-inspiring lake is a cult among all the backwater destinations in God’s Own Country. It is in fact, the highest visited or sought after backwater destination in the entire of Kerala. A revered tourist destination in the state, Ashtamudi Lake is known for its unique ecosystem and varied offerings. Shrouded with evergreen coconut groves and other scenic floral species, this alluring lake is a natural home to more than 50 different avifauna species and around 97 aqua fauna species. Visiting this magical lake in Kollam is no less than an exuberant visual treat for the visitors! Adding more to the beauty and charm of this Ashtamudi Lake is the cluster of tiny islets. The lake has a total of eight picturesque islands, most of which are still untouched by the outer world. The lake is also a great host to backwater cruises. Traditional houseboats or ‘Kettuvallams’ across this lake gets the visitors acquainted with the magical beauty and magnificence of Kerala’s silent backwaters. Within these exciting tours, visitors not only get to embrace the irresistible charm of the backwaters, but also get to witness a livelier glimpse of Kerala’s traditional way of living!