Ashtamudi Lake

The Ashtamudi Lake is located in Kollam district of Kerala. Ashtamudi Lake is one of the biggest Backwaters of Kerala. Ashtamudi means, 'eight-armed', after the eight arms of the lake, this palm-shaped extensive water body with eight prominent arms, adjoining the Kollam town. The arms converge into a single outlet at Neendakara near Kollam and flow into the Arabian Sea. The Kallada river which originates in the Western Ghats flows through forests and plains and finally drains into the Ashtamudi. Ashtamudi Lake is famed for its panoramic for its magnificent views. The lake is the source of livelihood for the people living close to it in fishing, coconut husk retting for coir production and inland navigation services.