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when Best time / Season to visit :November to March
Thirty percent of Kollam is covered by the Ashtamudi lake. Meaning of Ashtamudi is eight-armed. The scenic exquisiteness of the waterways and crystal lucid water makes the backwaters of Kollam one of the most thrilling experience.
An eight hour boat trip linking Kollam and Aleppey one can take pleasure in through the traditional Kerala houseboats known as Kettuvalloms which provide amenities like kitchen, toilet, bathrooms etc. Tourists can have a close vision of the mesmerizing countryside, water plants like Lilies and Lotus, Coconut trees line the water, birds like Cuckoos, Egrets, Ducks etc. There are small restaurants on the shores where one can stop and have an experience of traditional Kerala Cuisine like Fish Molly, Appam and Stew, Steamed rice, Crab etc. The Cheenavala or Chinese fishing nets and boats that carry the local coir, copra and cashew are as well be observed in the lake. On the way the towering statue of the Goddess of Light (Vilakamma) at a family house on the lake, Kollam will be visible.