About the resort
Club Mahindra Ashtamudi Kerala Located in the lush district of Kollam is one of the largest lakes in Kerala, second only in size to the famous Vembanad lake. Club Mahindra Ashtamudi is easily accessible from Tiruvananthapuram (90 kms) and Kochi (175 kms) and the closest town with a rail head is Kollam or Quilon at 18 kms, located on the banks of the lake. The lake which branches out like the eight arms of an octopus is called “Ashtamudi” meaning eight cones in the local language. Small towns and villages lie huddled together on its banks, surrounded by a fabric of green and blue. Unmindful of its own beauty, Ashtamudi with its vast network of canals and lagoons is one of the premium backwater destinations and wetlands in Kerala. Don’t miss out on houseboat rides during your visit to Ashtamudi Lake where you can explore the beauty of Kerala’s village life with your family. Lost in the arms of nature and located right on the banks of this pristine lake is Club Mahindra Ashtamudi Resort, the last word in luxury here.
Rooms and Amenities
Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort’s Floating cottages lull you to sleep. Stay in floating cottages in Ashtamudi Lake for a magnificent view from the window that opens up to the blue waters from every cottage. Watch the fishermen set up Chinese fishing nets and call out to each other. You can walk around in the small villages around the Ashtamudi resort or pamper yourself at the ayurvedic therapies at the spa. Refresh yourself with a cup of tea. Do some bird watching or try your hand at fishing. Bond with your family and friends over great food . This is probably the most idyllic holiday that you have ever had. There are 46 rooms Ashtamudi resort which includes floating cottages on the lake and studio apartments and hotel units on the land, near the swimming pool. Elegant and spacious, each of the rooms treat you to spectacular views of the Kerala backwaters. There are no kitchenettes in any of them, but they have every other modern amenities to make you feel comfortable. Jump into the pool or sweat it out at the gym or treat yourself to a massage at the spa. A floating restaurant, called Ripples, offering fresh catch from the lake and sea food is in the offing. There is also a fish farm here and you can choose the fish of your choice. Karimeen is the local delicacy. For the vegetarians, there is Jain food which is served as well.
Food in Ashtamudi
For most non-vegetarians, the cuisine of Kerala can be summed up in just two words. Rice (chor) and meen curry (fish curry). Pearl fish or karimeen, fried is a speciality here. Cooked in a spicy curry, its taste goes up several notches when had with organic rice or as some would prefer it, with fluffy appams (south Indian pancakes). A word of caution though, pearl fish has sharp bones, if you are a first timer, go easy. The mainstay of the cuisine of Kerala are coconuts and aromatic spices. It lends it that distinct taste. Vegetarians also have a plenty to choose from. They can go for rice with aviyal (assorted vegetables in a yogurt-coconut base), thoran (dry vegetable or greens) or appam with stew or parotta with curry. Of course, universal favourites like sambhar, rasam and other curries make sure everybody has a happy, full belly. Typical vegetables used in Kerala cuisine are the locally grown jackfruit, yam, tapioca, plantains and other tubers. An interesting fact is that in the case of mangoes and plantains, both the ripe and raw fruits are used in delicious ways. Relish on these popular delicacies of Kerala & many more during your family vacation at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort.
The biggest festival in the state, Onam, the harvest festival is celebrated across Kerala in the months of August – September for over four days. A rich spread is prepared on a banana leaf called Onam Sadya and this is the speciality of the restaurant here at the time. A traditional race with boats is celebrated around September every year at Munroe Island along the Kallada River near the backwaters of Ashtamudi. Another festival celebrated across the state is the Malayali New Year called Vishu which falls in April. It is also celebrated as the festival of lights. It is believed that it is auspicious to look at a medley of positive items the first thing in the morning that includes the Vishukkanni.
Places To Visit in Ashtamudi
Feel the rush of water and get on to a speed boat and explore Ashtamudi. You can also canoe or pedal away at your own pace. An innovative option is the water cycle, where two of you can cycle on water. Join the fishermen and try your hand at the techniques used by them to catch karimeen, the delicacy here. You can also watch them set up Chinese fishing nets and call out to each other as well. The Ashtamudi resort can also arrange for the Catch of the Day to be your lunch or dinner. Rich in avian life, more than 50 species flock to Ashtamudi. Take an early morning cruise into small islands along the lakes and you can spot several birds here. Some of them wait around the fishing nets to prey on the catch. Every day, there are two cruises that take you to small villages on the banks of the canals of the lake. Meet the locals, exchange stories with them. The cruises take you to spot dolphins, flying fish and birds while you can get to hike at mangrove islands. Go kite flying in one of the serene beaches in Kollam , one of the few beaches that has a lifeguard outpost. Kollam town, which was once an European settlement was one of the oldest ports. At the estuary of the Ashtamudi Lake and Kallada River is Munroe Island, a palm fringed piece of paradise with mangrove forests, lagoons and small islands . Cruise in the narrow canals, look out for birds, catch prawns and watch the people create magic with their fingers on coir. The cruises take you to the mangrove islands where you can lose yourself in the world of coconut palms and mangroves. Do some bird watching here and watch out for flying fish on your way back. ocated along the coast is Poovar, a small village located on the southern most tip of Tiruvananthapuram on the estuary where the River Neyyar joins the Arabian Sea. If there is a paradise on earth, then this must be it. Get a detailed information about Kerala tourism such as best time to visit, places to visit and things to do in Kerala.
A palace located at Kayamkulam was once the royal home of the Travancore Maharajas and is now a museum. A finest example of Kerala architecture, it houses some of the finest murals and inscriptions besides a 10th century statue of Buddha. Close to Kollam city is the famous Murugan or Subramanya temple at Umayanaloor. A ritual where people try to touch an elephant’s tail takes place around March every year and is symbolic of pranks played by brothers, Ganesha and Murugan. Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra to have a memorable family holiday. Don’t believe us? Go check out the Club Mahindra reviews by our happy members.
Club Mahindra Ashtamudi Resort Contact Details
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Club Mahindra Holidays Review: Member Speak
I stayed at the Mahindra Ashtamudi for 3 nights in July 2014. Had booked a floating 1 BR floating cottage, which is possibly the best option to really enjoy the backwaters. The views in the morning and during sunset are breathtakingly beautiful.