Kumarakom: vembanad lake – 15kms off Kottayam, it is one of Asia's largest fresh water lakes and is famous for its exceptional scenic beauty, lush green surroundings and boat cruises. The lake is also India's longest and Kerala's largest lake.
Nearby attraction: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on the eastern banks of the lake is a regular haunt of migratory birds and shelters many exotic birds.
Extra facilities: boat cruising, fishing, sight seeing tours
To reach: acces to Kottayam : nearest airport is at Kochi at a distance of 76 kms from Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram airport is 160 kms away ; Kottayam railway station is situated 02 kms from the central bus station and there are regular trains to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Ernakulam ; For road travel, there are 02 bus stations, the Kerala state road transport corporation bus station on TB Road and a private bus stand near the railway station. Buses to major centres operate from the KSRTC bus station.
Additional info: Vembanad Kol wetland was included in the list of wetlands of international importance, as defined by the Ramsar Convention, for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. It is home to more than 20,000 waterfowls in India