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Ashtamudi has to be one of the most unique vacation spots in India. This quaint little town near Kollam in Kerala houses a 55 km long lake. This scenic town has gained popularity among tourists in the last few years. Ashtamudi is a less crowded and scenic option for a backwater experience compared to Allepey. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway from the hustle-bustle of city life, Ashtamudi is the place to go.

Here are 5 things you must do when you are in Ashtamudi. 

Stay in floating cottages

One of the most interesting things you can do in Ashtamudi is stay in floating cottages. Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort offers this unique experience. Enjoy the gorgeous view of the sunrise and sunset from your cottage. Watch the reflection of the sun in the still water of the lake your cottage is floating on. Sounds straight out of a fairytale, doesn’t it? The waves of the lake gently rock the floating cottages. The gentle bobbing of the cottages serves as a relaxant that no other stay can offer. Watch the sky change colours and the reflection of it in the lake. Every hour and every minute is a different scenery in this gorgeous location. There are many other water experiences that await you when you stay at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort. Take your family on a one-of-a-kind dining experience at the floating restaurant and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. Another exciting activity you can try is the water cycle. There are many exciting experiences that await you at the floating cottages in Ashtamudi

The town of Ashtamudi has a lot to offer for those who want to escape into nature and explore the culture of the locals. You can venture into town and take a walk amid the greenery of this quaint little town. The town is culturally charged so you can also enjoy Kathakali performances. There are many other places to visit and things to do near the Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort.

Take a Munroe Island Backwater Tour

This hidden gem is located approximately 25 km from Kollam. It’s a peaceful spot where you can rent a canoe or kayak and spend time in the backwaters. Feel the fresh breeze, hear the sound of the birds chirping in the distance and enjoy the magnificent view of the backwaters. The canoe tour lasts about 3 hours where you glide through the backwaters. There are many exotic birds and trees around that you can learn more about on this tour. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Ashtamudi

Enjoy the Sunset View from Thangassery Light House

Situated in Kollam, the Thangassery lighthouse is the second highest lighthouse in Kerala. The lighthouse was built by the British in the 1900s and is 135 feet tall. The architecture of the lighthouse is simply magnificent and the view from the top is even better! Watch the waves break on the beach down below and the fishing boats in the distance. The sunset view from the lighthouse is breathtaking!

Witness Rich Wildlife at Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, you should definitely plan a trip to Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary houses more than 1200 species of flowering plants and more than 250 species of birds. The sanctuary also has a scenic artificial lake where you can spend some quiet time with your loved ones. You can trek across the sanctuary amid greenery and spot various exotic and migratory birds. Camping is another option for adventure enthusiasts to explore here.

Explore the Lesser-explore Thirumullavaram Beach

This is one of the most popular beaches in Kollam and is located approximately 8 km away from the floating cottages in Ashtamudi. It’s a quiet beach which is not very crowded. It’s a great spot to spend some quality time with your loved ones watching the sunset. 

Kerala is truly God’s own country, and Ashtamudi is proof of that. There are many resorts in South India but no experience matches staying in the floating cottages in Ashtamudi. If you’re looking for an off-beat vacation where you want to stay close to nature, Ashtamudi should be next on your bucket list.

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