Ashtamudi backwaters are a picturesque destination named after the eight backwater channels it connects, as "Ashtamudi". Located just 18 kilometres from Kollam in southern Kerala, the best time to Visit Ashtamudi is from February to May.

This expansive lake, stretching 16 kilometres, winds its way through the Neendakara estuary before merging with the Arabian Sea. Ashtamudi Lake is not just scenic; it's also recognised as one of India's 42 Ramsar sites for its diverse ecosystem. The lake supports a rich variety of flora and fauna, including 40 plant species, 57 bird species, and nearly 100 types of fish. Its waters attract migratory birds seasonally, adding to its natural charm and appeal.

In this guide, we discuss the best time to visit Ashtamudi and also give you valuable information on the best things to do and the best resort to stay in Ashtamudi. 

Ashtamudi in Summer (February to May)

Kerala is a coastal state and like the rest of the country, the weather here is humid. And, during summer season, i.e., from February to May, humidity can be as high as 70% on some days. But the cool breeze flowing around the region makes the weather balmy and pleasant, making it the best month to visit Ashtamudi.  

The days are bright and sunny, providing a perfect setting for you to explore the various popular tourist attractions and click some stunning pictures. As the dusk draws down, the weather becomes slightly cooler and the wind makes your experience even better. 

Ashtamudi in Monsoon (June to September)

The westerly wind brings monsoon to Kerala in June and it continues to rain till September. The rains gradually intensify, and the state receives heavy rainfall in August. Many believe that monsoon is not the best season to visit Ashtamudi, but the truth is it is a great time to be in Ashtamudi, especially if you are a nature enthusiast.  

The fresh bouts of rain turn the entire region greener than it already is, and the weather also becomes significantly cooler, which further enhances your holiday experience. It is a great time to be outdoors in the laps of nature. The lakes fill up to the brim, and you get a different view altogether. You can explore the sanctuary, enjoy the view of the million shades of greenery, and revel in the tranquil environment, all these sans the crowd as there is no usual crowd. 

Ashtamudi in Winter (October to January)

Undoubtedly the best time to go to Ashtamudi, October to January is also the peak tourist season. Even as the rains recede, you can still see plenty of greenery all around, and the weather becomes cooler. Also, the humidity levels come down significantly, providing the most ambient conditions for you to venture out and indulge in a range of outdoor activities and have fun! 

Best Things to Do in Ashtamudi 

Ashtamudi is not just a land of unmatched natural beauty, but also a treasure trove of activities that appeals to people of all ages and all types of travellers. Whether you want to spend a leisure vacation or indulge in adventurous activities, Ashtamudi will meet all your needs and give you unimaginable joy.  

We can go on and on about the things that Ashtamudi has to offer, but we list down some of the best outdoor activities everyone must definitely experience. So, without any further ado, let’s get started. 

  • Ride the Houseboat Cruise 

The pristine and azure waters of Ashtamudi lake is best known for offering houseboat cruise rides. Tourists from all over the world come here to experience this cruise ride, and it is one of the must-do activities.  

Cruising over the lake is an experience in itself, as it takes you on a journey of a lifetime. As you ride along while sitting comfortably in your luxurious boathouse, you get glimpses of the lush greenery around and the beautiful landscape seem like they are continuing on a loop.  

What makes the ride worthwhile is that it is a guided tour, and the guide informs you about the surrounding region, the significance of the backwaters and the mangroves in maintaining the ecological balance, and the history of the region, which enhances your experience.  

  • Enjoy a canoe ride 

Canoeing is a wonderful sport, and rowing your canoe is a great experience. It allows you to explore the complex network of the backwaters at your own pace, observe and relish the sight of the palm and coconut grooves swaying on the edges of the lake. Also, if you go canoeing during the evening, you can enjoy seeing the most beautiful sunset you may have seen. It is a wonderful sight that will remain etched in your memory forever.  

  • Water sports 

If slow paced things are not your cup of tea, and you crave and enjoy the adrenaline-pumping action, you can enjoy a range of adventurous water sports like speedboat ride, and enjoy the gushing wind in your face as the stunning scenery around you captivates your senses.  

  • Experience the local wildlife 

While you are in Ashtamudi, make sure that you take a trip to the Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary for an authentic wildlife experience. The place has plenty of picturesque vantage points, trekking trails and evergreen forests. Also, you can go on a guided safari tour around the sanctuary and watch the local wildlife in their natural habitat. 

Best resort in Ashtamudi 

When you go on a holiday to a place as pretty as Ashtamudi, you and your family deserve to stay in a place that perfectly captures the true essence of the town and gives you the best and most authentic local hospitality experience. And what better place than the Club Mahindra Ashtamudi. It is one of the most premium resorts in Kerala 

A one-of-a-kind resort in Ashtamudi, here you get the experience of living in a floating cottage over the luminous backwaters. The stunning scenery around the resort will instantly win your heart over and set your mood right for a delightful holiday ahead.  

The resort is the perfect haven where you get the best of both worlds – unfiltered nature, and flavours of local culture wrapped in luxury. An epitome of family vacation, the resort has everything that is sure to make your holiday the best experience ever and make every moment memorable.

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About Club Mahindra

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 290,000 members , who can holiday at 140+ resorts in India and abroad.

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