A riot of colors makes the sky above the Ashtamudi lake backwaters near Kollam in South Kerala appear like the canvas of a beautiful oil painting, the sky being God’s canvas. The picture shows the typical idyllic picture postcard perfect Kerala setting: palm fringed shores, lazily lapping waves, a boatman or two on the water. The picture was taken from a running train on the Ashtamudi railway bridge just after sunset when the sky is usually even more spectacular than during the actual sunset. The Ashtamudi lake is the most visited backwater in Kerala and a major tourist attraction in Kerala. Merry Christmas!
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.
Calm waters of the Ashtmaudi Lake (Kayal) ripple along as coconut trees on a faraway spit of land look on serenely. This photo is of the southernmost branch arm of the eight-armed lake, the second largest wetland ecosystem in Kerala. The photo is from near Randam Kutti, (2nd Milestone), Kollam, one of the shining examples of the natural beauty of Kerala.
The waters of the Ashtamudi Lake calmly lap at the shore near Randaam Kutty off the Kollam – Thenkasi National Highway NH 744 (formerly NH 208) in Kerala. This is the extreme southern end of the southernmost arm of the lake, which is the second largest wetland ecosystem in Kerala and the mainstay of the Kollam district. The lake, shaped like a palmtree extends inwards from the Arabian sea for around 20 kilometers and covers 1,700 square kilometers in area. Needless to say, the Ashtamudi Kayal presents some of the most beautiful sceneries in Kerala and is one of its hottest tourist spots with resorts, houseboats et al galore.