Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals which empty into the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake inKerala. The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The serene lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular water regatta – the snake boat races. It is indeed amazing to watch oarsmen, at least a hundred in one boat, slice their way through the waters to the fast rhythm of their own full-throated singing.
Relaxing on a bench at Coconut Lagoon with a view of the peaceful Vembanad Lake