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5 Incredibly Beautiful Lakes in God’s Own Country

Kerala is a writer’s inspiration and a dreamer’s paradise. This place is not called God’s own country for no reason. There’s something beautiful in every village and every corner of this little state. With pristine beaches, varied wildlife, beautiful waterfalls, emerald green backwaters, and incredibly mesmerizing lakes, Kerala is a place you fall in love with every time you visit it.

For all those who love sitting by gorgeous lakes doing nothing or sail on the calm lake water, here is a list of most alluring lakes in Kerala.

  1. Periyar Lake – A lake of crystal clear water

With great scenic charm and rich biodiversity, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary offers a serene escape from all the worries of life. Periyar Lake, which flows through the sanctuary was formed in 1895 when the Mullaperiyar Dam was built. The lake’s crystal clear water and trees submerged under the water make it a sight to behold.
Best time to visit: October–March

Things to do: Lake Cruise, and spotting wild animals in Periyar Tiger Reserve

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  1. Vembanad Lake – An emerging backwater destination

Vembanad Lake is one of the most beautiful picnic spots and an emerging backwater destination in Kerala. The serene lake comes alive during Onam festival with snake boat races. It’s great to watch about a hundred oarsmen in one boat, rowing to energetic rhythm and singing and making their way through the waters.

Best time to visit: November-March

Things to do: Romantic boat rides, fishing, sightseeing, nature photography

Quick tip: Do visit the lake at least once during Onam festival (August-September)

  1. Paravur Lake – A lake surrounded by coconut groves

Paravur Lake is Kerala’s largest backwater lake, and the most picturesque waterbody in Kollam. It is one of the best places to visit in Kerala with plenty of resorts surrounding the lake that offer activities like boating, swimming, and surfing. A backwater cruise on the lake is a must-do activity and an unforgettable experience for all.
Best time to visit: September-February

Things to do: Boating, surfing, fishing, and swimming

  1. Vellayani Lake – A gorgeous freshwater lake in Kovalam

Vellayani is a freshwater lake located at a distance of about 7 km from Kovalam. The lake – an emerging tourist destination – is a perfect place to enjoy a peaceful boat ride and soak up the scenic beauty of the village. Couples must spend a night in a resort near the lake, so that they can spend take the night lake cruise. It is an experience nobody should miss on their trip to Kerala.

Best time to visit: September – March

Things to do: Boat rides

  1. Ashtamudi Lake – A place straight out of fairytales

While your boat sails on the gorgeous Ashtamudi Lake, you can see the beautiful coconut groves, palm trees, and picture-perfect villages. The lake and its shore life has inspired many artists over the years. The lake is also popular for houseboats. Couples who want to spend a romantic day cruising can book special Kerala tour packages for a hassle-free travel.

Best time to visit: September – March

Things to do: Take a romantic and scenic houseboat cruise between Kollam and Alappuzha.
I bet you won’t regret a visit to these lakes!

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