The blue-green waters of the Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala lie calm and serene as the reflect the clouds which hover far above them in the sky on this balmy afternoon. This is the farthest Southern part of the lake near the Kollam – Thenkasi National Highway 5 kilometers out of Kollam city. Thickly vegetated and palm fringed fingers of land extend into the lake, typical of Kerala backwaters. The Ashtamudi Lake is one of the tourist hotspots of Kerala, a shining example of Kerala’s natural beauty. It is one of the locations not fully utilized by the Kerala Tourism department. It is also a bio-diversity hotspot.